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Phyllis (Henning) Tiefenthaler

d. January 25, 2022

Phyllis (Henning) Tiefenthaler departed her loving family at 81 years of age. Phyllis was born in Jefferson, IA to Wilber and Hannah Henning. She grew up on the family farm and graduated from Bagley High School at age 16. She earned her Associated Degree from Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls. Phyllis was excited to get her first teaching job in Odebolt, where the school was newly built. It was there that she formed a close group of new teachers who later would correspond through Round Robin letters.

She was introduced to Robert Tiefenthaler at the Cobblestone Ballroom in Storm Lake, IA. The two married, bought a house and started a family in Odebolt. They raised their 5 sons, Brent, David, Jeffrey, Thomas, and Ryan, with love, devotion and kindness. Phyllis went on to complete her Bachelor's Degree from Buena Vista College, while working full-time and raising small children.

As an elementary school teacher, Phyllis took great pride in teaching young students to read. She had many hobbies and interests, baking and cooking for her family were her favorites. She also enjoyed reading, playing the piano, volunteer work and playing cards. She had many lifelong friends, including her Round Robin group, Ingleside, St. Martin's Ladies Guild, the Odebolt American Legion Auxiliary, and numerous card groups. Phyllis loved to entertain and believed that "No meal is complete without dessert". She loved to visit friends and family, and always made efforts to keep in touch.

Phyllis is survived by sons David (Sarah), Jeffrey (Heather), Thomas (Kimberly) and Ryan (Kimberly); daughter-in-law Stacey; grandchildren Robert, Elizabeth, Noah, Hannah, Grant, Cameron, Tyler, Brody, Griffin, Zoey, and Jordan; great-grandchildren Charles, Lucille and Emma. She is also survived by

Janette Henning, Roberta Henning, Marylund Henning, Thelma (Darrell) Schroeder, Kathleen (Thomas) Kros, Neal Johnson, and many nieces and nephews.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her beloved husband Robert; son Brent; parents Wilber and Hannah Henning; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Herbert and Martha Tiefenthaler; siblings George (Bea, Dodie) Henning, Don (Virginia) Henning, Marvin (Laverne) Henning, Allan (Betty) Henning, Wendell Henning, Ernest Henning; Leonard (Janice) Tiefenthaler, Verna Mae (Donald) Schwaller and Karen Johnson

Services will be held at St Martin's Catholic Church in Odebolt, IA in the very near future.  Burial will follow at St. Martin’s Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to support college scholarships and Girls State. Send your memorial contributions to: The Odebolt American Legion Auxiliary, % Deb Bengford, 320 East 1st Avenue, Arthur, IA 51431. 

The Tidd Family Funeral Home, 5265 Norwich Street, Hilliard, OH 43026 (614)-876-1722 is assisting the family with local arrangements.  Please visit to share your favorite memories and to send your condolences to the Tiefenthaler Family.

Arrangements in Odebolt, IA will be assisted by the Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home, 213 West Fifth Street, Odebolt, IA 51458 (712)-668-2303.


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