Karni Spain Tiernan, age 68, passed away August 5, 2009 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Karni was born July 15, 1941 to James and Margaret (Lawrence) Spain. She grew up in Parkersburg, Iowa and graduated from Parkersburg High School. Karni received her degree in speech and education at the University of Northern Iowa. She taught in the Iowa Falls schools from 1964-1970.
Karni married Stephen Daniel Tiernan in May, 1969. Karni taught at Bradley University from 1978-2008. She loved education, literature, and sports. Karni is survived by two sons, Spencer and Tonya Tiernan of Morris and Xavier Tiernan of Peoria, Ill.; and seven grandchildren: Daniel, John, Elizabeth, Christopher, Victoria, Thomas, and Benjamin. Also survived by one brother and one sister. Larry (Shirley) Spain of Godfrey, Ill. and Mary Ann (Dr. Byron) Kratochvil of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Karni's parents and husband Stephen preceded her in death. Before she passed away Karni gave her life to Jesus Christ and became a Christian at the age of 67 years old. A memorial service to honor Karni's life will be held at the Michael Student Center Ballroom on the Campus of Bradley University 1524 West Nebraska Ave, Peoria, Ill. on Thursday August 13 at 1 p.m. Correspondence can be sent to 2814 North Millbrook Drive, Peoria, IL. 61604. Arrangements Twin Cities Cremation, St. Paul.