Tina Marie Iversen
Tina Marie Iversen was born on August 22, 1957 in Murdo, S.D. to Dale and Deloris (Nordin) Iversen. She was the fourth of five children, joining Doreen, Gregory, Daniel and later followed by Susan.
Tina was raised on the Iversen family ranch eight miles north of Murdo. As a child, she learned that every day in the country was an adventure. Days were spent riding horses, fishing with her bamboo pole and bobber, swimming in the stock dam, riding mini-bikes and attending stock car and baja races to cheer on her dad. Growing up, Tina spent a lot of time with her dad, Dale, helping with whatever he needed. Chasing cattle on foot, salting haystacks, picking rocks, hoeing the tree patch, branding, feeding bucket calves and attending cattle sales were a few of the jobs done in which helped to instill a hard work ethic in Tina. There were always many pets in the Iversen home, all being loved by Tina. This love of animals continued as she enjoyed many pets as family members throughout her lifetime.
Tina attended all 12 years of school in Murdo, being in the first class to attend first grade in the new elementary school and continuing on to graduate in 1976. After high school, Tina attended clerical school in Pierre before moving to Rapid City, S.D., where she met Russel Polaski. They were married on October 1, 1983 in Murdo and to this union two sons Robert and Eric were born.
Tina and Russ resided in Rapid City while Russ was in the Airforce and upon completing his duty the family moved to Apache Junction, Ariz. and later to Queen Creek, Ariz.
Tina enjoyed raising her boys, walking in the desert, hunting for indian pottery and spending time with her grandchildren. She worked in retail until her health failed in 2014. Tina lived life on her own terms and passed peacefully on July 18, 2018 in Mesa, Ariz. surrounded by loved ones. She is survived by her husband, Russ, sons, Robbie Polaski and Eric (Liz) Polaski; four grandchildren, Carson, Chloe, Olivia and Octavia Polaski; sister, Doreen (Gerald) Brunskill; brother, Dan Iversen and sister Susie (Lon) Lyman. She was proceeded in death by parents, Dale and Deloris Iversen; brother, Greg; Grandparents, Albin and Ethel Nordin and Ole and Emma Iversen and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
A celebration of life will be held on Friday, July 19, 2019, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Murdo Senior Center.