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Colleen Mae Breheny

Colleen Mae Breheny, 87, passed away at her home in Des Moines on Wednesday, October 11, 2023. Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 15th from 3 to 5 pm, with Rosary to begin at 5 pm at the Brooks Funeral Care (formerly Tonini) 2135 SW 9th St. in Des Moines. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Saint Anthony Catholic Church, 15 Indianola Road Des Moines, at 10 am on Monday, October 16th. Burial will be in the Glendale Cemetery.


Colleen was born in Des Moines on March 21, 1936, to Ted and Zula Vivone. She graduated from St. Anthony grade school and St. Joseph’s Academy. Colleen worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company in the business office and later in the repair department for 28 years. She married Larry Breheny on June 23, 1962, and together raised their three children.


In retirement, Colleen enjoyed traveling with her husband, Larry. She was a faithful volunteer for St. Anthony’s Church and School and various reading programs in the community. She was a Eucharistic minister for the homebound for many years.


Colleen will be lovingly remembered for her strong Catholic faith, her generosity and thoughtfulness and her delicious baked goods and pasta dinners.


Colleen is survived by her daughter, Mary Beth and her husband Mike Flanagan of Omaha, son-in-law Ed Kordick of West Des Moines, grandchildren, Monica, Maria (fiancée Zach Steffen) and Anthony Kordick, Colin Flanagan and great granddaughter, Madeline Brink.


Colleen is reunited in heaven with her husband, Larry, daughter Teresa, son Bob, granddaughter, Katie Flanagan Brink, her parents, and brothers Ted and Jim Vivone.


Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Anthony Catholic Church, Catholic Charities of Des Moines or a charity of your choice.



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