Theresa Oertel Durant

June 17, 1939April 4, 2018

THERESA OERTEL DURANT Theresa Durant (nee Oertel), 78, passed away peacefully on April 4, 2018 in Dearborn Heights, MI. Originally from East Lansdowne, PA, she attended St. Cyril’s Elementary and West Philadelphia Catholic Girls’ High School. Theresa raised her family in Swarthmore Wood, when her husband, John, joined Sun Ship in 1968; then moved to Dearborn, MI in 1982 upon the sale of the shipyard. She is a daughter of the late Helmuth and Theresa Oertel, also preceded in death by brother George Oertel and sisters Frances Walls and Delores Powell. She is survived by John of 56 years, daughters Carol (John) Alexander, Patricia (Antonio) Helton and Linda Durant, and son Richard (Paula) Durant, grandchildren, Bryan, Grace and Jenna Alexander, Kathryn and Mark Helton and Stephanie Durant and sister Edna Flick and brothers Kenneth and Warren Oertel and many nieces and nephews. Theresa loved her grandchildren more than anything in the world. She enjoyed camping, gardening and traveling. With a kind a gentle heart, Theresa was loved by all.

The visitation is on Friday, April 6, 2018 5 pm – 8 pm and Saturday, April 7 at 10 am until time of service at 11 am at Harry J. Will Funeral Home in Redford, MI with interment at St. Hedwig Cemetery in Dearborn Heights.


  • Visitation Friday, April 6, 2018
  • Visitation Saturday, April 7, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, April 7, 2018

Theresa Oertel Durant

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Arma brown

April 8, 2018

To Patricia and family.

Remember all of the wonderful times you spent with your mother. You will have some dark and lonely days ahead, but time will heal your sorrow.

Patricia love you to the moon and back.

Hang in there
Arma Brown

John Alexander

April 5, 2018

When I first met Carol, the whole family was super nice! Mom was a great cook. Soon, they took me on road trips to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to meet the extended family and visit with Carol's friends. The funniest thing I can think of was Teresa directing traffic from the passenger seat swooshing cars to the left and right while Jack sped down the highway as fast as that Suburban would go. Back in the day, he was an ace driver. We would only be able to stop once for a pit stop when we needed gas as I can remember. The extended family welcomed me as if I were family from the very beginning.

If you can't make it to the Celebration of Theresa's life and love because it's too far or circumstances don't allow it, you will be in our thoughts, and I know your love will be there.

Mom thank you for so many good memories


April 4, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. I loved thersea, such a sweet lady.

now shes is with dee having good time.