Paul Lawrence Tiernan
Paul Lawrence Tiernan
  • October 12, 1927 - January 13, 2018
  • Wheeling, Illinois

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Paul Lawrence Tiernan, 90, passed away at Lexington Healthcare in Wheeling, Illinois, on Saturday, January 13, 2018.

Paul was a fifth generation Waukeganite, decending from his great, great grandparents, Thomas and Bridget Dalton Tiernan. He was born in Waukegan at County Hospital on October 12, 1927, to Leo Bartholomew and Margaret Mary Walt Tiernan. He attended Immaculate Conception School from 1st through 8th grades and Waukegan Township High School, graduating in 1945. As a high school student, he was nicknamed "Bulldog". Although he was small in stature, he was very active as football and basketball team managers. He had dreams of becoming a journalist and was a contributing writer to the Annual "W" yearbook. He also attended University of Illinois extension where he took classes in Journalism and German.

For 22 months, from 1945 to 1947, he was stationed in Austria and Germany, serving in the United States Army, taking part in World War II post-war operations. While serving in the Army, he was a sports writer for the base newspaper.

For 41 years he worked at Johnson Motors/Outboard Marine, retiring in 1985.

In March, 1953, he met his beloved first wife, the former Martha Christine "Marty" Christopher at the Seahorse Club in Waukegan. They married in Waukegan at Immaculate Conception Church on January 30, 1954 and were blessed with five children. They were married until her untimely passing on July 1, 1984. In June, 1985, he met and fell in love with his second wife, the former Patricia Ann Love Jenewein at the Moose Club in Waukegan. They were married on October 19, 1985, also at Immaculate Conception Church in Waukegan, and enjoyed 30+ years together until the time of her passing on August 26, 2016.

Paul pursued many interests. All his life, he was an avid collector of stamps, thousands of postcards, wooden nickels and many commemorative coins. He was a voracious reader, mostly enjoying topics in American history, mysteries and biographies. He loved sports of all kinds, having played on bowling and golf leagues. He loved jazz, big band and country music and attended many concerts and collected dozens of record albums and cd's throughout his life. He particularly enjoyed the music of Stan Kenton, Glen Miller and Benny Goodman. In his younger years, he played trumpet in the Yellow Jackets Drum and Bugle Corps.

From the time he was eight years old, Paul enjoyed camping. In 1935, he and his family took a much-anticipated trip in the old Model A Ford to Devil's Lake State Park in Baraboo, Wisconsin, and returned there for many family camping trips throughout his life. He enjoyed camping throughout the Midwest, and vacations to Hawaii, Las Vegas, Arizona, Yellowstone National Park, Florida and most recently, Niagara Falls.

Paul was in good health all the way up until the time of his unexpected passing, and was a two-time cancer survivor.

Paul loved his family very much and is survived by his beloved children, Mark Stephen (Hiwatha) Tiernan, Paula Suzanne (Robert Raul) Salinas, Rita Jean Tiernan, Therese Lynn "Terri" (Thomas Maguire) Tiernan-Maguire, Tamara Marie "Tammy" (Jack) Edens, Theresa Ann (David) Carlson, and Laura Todd, 19 grandchildren, many great grandchildren, and even some great great grandchildren. He is also survived by his dear kid sister, Maralee Ann (Ed Preston) Tiernan Robinson, and many nieces and nephews, as well as many cousins.

He is preceded in death by his first wife of 30+ years, Marty, his second wife, also of 30+ years, Patricia, daughters Deborah Kay (Steven) Tipler, Karen Marie (Todd) Cummings, his dear parents, his sister, Charlene Joan (Nicholas) Tiernan Jakubisin, and his brother Gerald Leo "Jerry" Tiernan.

Friends and family may call at Marsh Funeral Home, 305 N. Cemetery Road, Gurnee, on Sunday, January 21st from 4 to 8 p.m. Additional viewing on Monday, January 22nd from 10 to 11 a.m., with funeral to follow at the funeral home at 11 a.m. Interment at Ascension Cemetery, Libertyville.

The Tiernan family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at Lexington Healthcare of Wheeling, especially Paul's very caring nurse's assistant, Scott Overland.