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Teresa Ortman Van Oordt
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  • Johns Island Presbyterian Church
    2550 Bohicket Road
    Johns Island, SC 29455
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  • Greenville Recreation and Parks (Drew Steele Center)
    P.O. Box 7207
    Greenville, NC 27834

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“In the world we live today, where all other relationships are slowly losing their authenticity, it is friendship, which in some cases stands the test...Read More »
1 of 19 | Posted by: Diana Smith Arnold - Geneva, IN

“Dear Teresa's familyWe shared a birthday and were classmates at NWHS. Our birth announcements in the Kokomo tribune were side by side (Cynthia Lynn...Read More »
2 of 19 | Posted by: C.Lynn Enstrom (Small) - IN

“Dear Lena, Marla, Sandy, Sonya, Blake and the rest of the Family,We are all so sad for your loss of Theresa. We are so glad that we had such a good...Read More »
3 of 19 | Posted by: Bill and Roma Chism - IN - Friend

“God bless both you Sonya and Blake! My thoughts and prayers are with you both and your family.Your mother was special to so many people, but to me...Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: Jeanne Raymond - Charleston, SC

“To the family of Teresa Von Oordt, I was one of her students a few years ago and I had her for two years and she was just an amazing person. She...Read More »
5 of 19 | Posted by: Caitlin Cattles - SC - Friend

“Mrs. Von Oordt was a great person. I had her for two years in middle school and my mother had her as an art teacher when she was in school. She was...Read More »
6 of 19 | Posted by: Caitlin Cattles - Charleston, SC

“Lena, we are really sorry to hear about Teresa. You are always in our prayers and especially now. And will continue to be in our prayers. Love...Read More »
7 of 19 | Posted by: Rex & Rose Ann Fowler - Kokomo, IN

“May you rest in peace and love always. You will be dearly remembered for your great sense of humor and wonderful disposition. You are with God now. ”
8 of 19 | Posted by: Jewell and Tom Robinson - Carmel, IN

“Teresa was a wonderful and gifted teacher. She taught both of my children in school and had a great rapport with my son. She surely will be missed....Read More »
9 of 19 | Posted by: Pamela Whiyson - Charleston, SC

“Dear Blake, Sonya, and family,As a fellow student at Manchester College, I remember Teresa's warmth and sense of humor. After so many years, I can...Read More »
10 of 19 | Posted by: Nancy Fiedler - Highland Park, NJ

“As a fellow art teacher I came to meet Teresa through our beginning of the school year meetings. She came across to me as a very sincere and kind...Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: Dan O'Brien - Coworker

“Thinking of you, Blake and the rest of your family. May your mom rest in everlasting peace. ”
12 of 19 | Posted by: Michael Cutler - Johns Island, SC

“Sonya, Blake, and family,In August 1970, Teresa' s beaming smile met me at Garver Hall on freshman move in day. She was welcoming and helped to carry...Read More »
13 of 19 | Posted by: Muriel Muth - Roanoke, IN

“Teresa was dearly loved by so many-she will be remembered with fondness. She raised Blake to become a wonderful man-it is through him that I came to...Read More »
14 of 19 | Posted by: Jane Williston - Kiawah Island

“We are grieving the loss of Teresa on this earth, along with you all. She was my best friend since first grade. The thin, braided pig-tail girl was...Read More »
15 of 19 | Posted by: Jeannine Fortier - Westfield, IN

“Dear Blake, Sonya and other family members,y heart is filled with sadness that we can no longer talk to or see Teresa; however, I am very glad that...Read More »
16 of 19 | Posted by: Deborah Barrineau - Kiawah Island

“When I lived in Charleston.....Theresa and I went bike riding around our apartment complex...she was just so savvy.....riding here and there. She was...Read More »
17 of 19 | Posted by: Peggy Hix - Dillard, GA - Friend

“My heart is aching for your family right now. Please know my thoughts, prayers, and love are with you and your family during this difficult time. God...Read More »
18 of 19 | Posted by: Leyla Gulen - Mt Pleasant, SC

“My heart goes out to to your family. Teresa was such a sweet person! I have prayed for her since learning of her cancer. My thoughts and prayers go...Read More »
19 of 19 | Posted by: Emily Findley - Greenwood, SC


Teresa Ortman Van Oordt, 66, of Johns Island, South Carolina, died Saturday, April 7, 2018. Her Memorial Service will be held Friday, April 13, 2018 in Johns Island Presbyterian Church, 2550 Bohicket Road at 11:00 a.m. with a reception to follow in the Church Fellowship Hall. Inurnment will be private. Arrangements by J. HENRY STUHR INC., WEST ASHLEY CHAPEL.

Teresa was born July 10, 1951 in Kokomo, Indiana, daughter of Evalena Denham Ortman and the late Joseph Ned Ortman. She retired from the Charleston County School District as an art teacher. She was a very dedicated teacher, who was loved and adored by all who stepped into her classroom. She loved to travel, and enjoyed mentoring and tutoring children in art and math. She also enjoyed playing cards, reading, and riding her bike. She was a member of Johns Island Presbyterian Church, and a very special aunt to Drew Steele. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her mother, Lena Ortman of Ocala, FL; her son, Blake Van Oordt of Johns Island, SC; her daughter, Sonya Heath (Ed) of Mt. Pleasant, SC; two sisters, Sandy Steele (Mike) of Greenville, NC, and Marla Hirschy (Dan) of Ocala, FL; two grandchildren, Weatherly Heath and Ned Heath, and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Johns Island Presbyterian Church, 2550 Bohicket Road, Johns Island, SC 29455 or the Greenville Recreation and Parks (Drew Steele Center), P.O. Box 7207, Greenville, NC 27834.