A funeral mass will be held April 17, 2017 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Perry, Iowa for Dorothy Mae Tiernan of Perry, who passed away April 10, 2017 at Ramsey Village Care Center in Des Moines. Father Zach Kautzky will be the officiant. Jan Pattee will be the musician. Burial will be in Violet Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandsons Ryan Kinney, Kristopher Fiori, Patrick Griffin, Michael Griffin, Connor Griffin and Jonathon Tiernan. Honorary pallbearers are grandchildren Tony Ebsen, Anna Tiernan, Elizabeth Tiernan, Bridgett Kinney, Allison Kinney and great grandchildren Byron Jarrett Jr. Adrianna Jarrett, Alexia Jarrett, Alayna Jarrett, Reaghan Kinney, Paige Derby-Ebsen, Kane Ebsen and Ryann Fiori. Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 16, 2017 with the family receiving friends from 5-7 p.m. followed by a rosary service at 7 p.m. at Murdock Funeral Home.


Dorothy was 89 years old and lived a life of faith in Christ, showing kindness to others throughout her life. She was born in Marshfield, Mo. and was raided on a dairy farm as one of eight children of Louis Francis and Henrietta (Zigelhofer) Cologna. Her strong work ethic and service to others was evident to anyone who knew her, caring for others with a smile on her face and Christ in her heart.


She worked for the Perry School District for many years, driving a school bus and as a custodian, making connections with students, coaches and teachers. Her volunteer service at St. Patrick’s took many forms over the years and continued well into her retirement. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, whether it was baking a treat or sharing coffee and prayers to bring comfort to others.


Dorothy married Robert P. Tiernan of Perry at Marshfield, Mo. on June 27, 1952 and together they raised six children. Mary Anne Kinney of West Des Moines, Iowa, Barbara Fiori of Ogden, Iowa, Larry Tiernan (Paula) of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Rose Marie Griffin (Tom) of Charlotte, N.C., Joe Tiernan of Phoenix, Ariz. and Tom Tiernan (Kay) of Arlington, Va. Also surviving Dorothy is one brother Leo Cologna of Marshfield, Mo., eleven grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and an extended family of friends and relatives in several states. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, husband in 1980, brothers Louis Francis Jr., James Robert, Paul Henry, Herman George, her sisters Maxine Ash and Barbara Ann Rivers and her son-in-law Ivan Kinney in 1999.


Dorothy lived in Perry her whole adult life, including the Rowley Masonic Home in 2015 and much of 2016. She was at Ramsey Village since September of 2016, where she received care for dementia and pneumonia. Even as her health declined, she maintained a positive outlook on life and always thought of others first.


Funeral arrangements are being handled by Murdock Funeral Home. Memorials may be directed to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.