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Tara H. Deitsch

Tara H. Deitsch

February 12, 1969 - October 30, 2017     Age: 48

Tara H. Deitsch 48, of Fernandina Beach, passed away on Monday, October 30, 2017 at the Warner Center for Caring.

She was born February 12, 1969 to Linda and Leeroy Durden Jr. and grew up in Fernandina Beach. She graduated from Fernandina Beach High School in 1987, and then earned an associate of arts degree from Andrew College in 1989. She later earned her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Phoenix in 2012.

Affectionately known as TJ by friends, she was an avid Jacksonville Jaguars fan and also fond of Disney characters Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas and Olaf from Frozen.

TJ married Marc Deitsch March 7, 1994 at the Historic Courthouse in Fernandina Beach. The couple later celebrated with a ceremony at Memorial United Methodist Church.

She loved animals and was very proud of her children. Her brother, Charles Durden, preceded her in death.

TJ is survived by her husband of 23 years, Marc Deitsch of Yulee; her children, Charlotte (Allen) Weld of Texas and Michael Deitsch of Yulee; her parents, Linda and Leeroy Durden of Fernandina Beach; her brother, Leeroy Durden III of Fernandina Beach; her mother-in-law, Manette Deitsch of Long Island, N.Y.; her father-in-law, Alan Deitsch of Depot Bay, Ore.; and numerous other relatives.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, November 2, 2017 at Memorial United Methodist Church, 601 Centre St., Fernandina Beach.

She will be laid to rest at the La Flora Mission.


7 Condolences

  • Steve Delfel Posted November 1, 2017 1:48 pm

    I worked with TJ fir several years at. Citi Bank. She was a fantastic employee and became a better friend. She will be missed.

  • Heinz and Pam Posted November 1, 2017 2:43 pm

    Our love and thoughts are with the family. We are very sorry

  • Lori Shad Posted November 2, 2017 6:55 am

    So sorry for your loss.

  • Michael Keyes Posted November 2, 2017 4:44 pm

    I met TJ through Marc while both Marc and I were in the Navy. and also went to visit her while she was in college. Even now I can still remember her loving way and her smile, and laugh. Marc my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Barbara and Sam Boyd Posted November 3, 2017 10:34 am

    Linda and Leeroy, We are sorry to hear about your loss of TJ. We did not have the pleasure of knowing TJ. We can see she was a beautiful lady. Knowing that she had you as parents she must have been equally beautiful on the inside. We pray that you will be comforted in your loss by the many people who love you. We know you will be comforted by your faith knowing that she is in good hands and waiting for those who will join her in the “here after”.

  • Gail Cook Posted November 3, 2017 10:46 am

    I was so sorry to hear about your loss. I never met her husband, but my prayers is that God will provide each of you during this time. I have so many memories of her as a child and teen attending Memorial United Methodist. I hope that each of you will remember the special times that you shared and will hold onto and be comforted by those memories.

  • Somnath Posted November 5, 2017 2:19 am

    I first met TJ when she came over to India. I’ll remember her as a good human being and a trusted friend. My prayers and condolences for her family.

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