Dorothea Duerling, 86

Homemaker

November 21, 2007

Dorothea Duerling, a homemaker, died of Parkinson's disease complications Friday at Oak Crest Village Retirement Community in Parkville. The former Fallston resident was 86.

Born Eva Dorothea Beigel in Baltimore and raised on East 30th Street, she was a 1939 Eastern High School graduate.

As a young woman, she was a secretary at the old Sears Roebuck store on North Avenue and at the U.S. Fidelity and Guaranty Co.

In 1942, she married James Ray Duerling, a Lord Baltimore Press accountant.

She was a member of the Fallston United Methodist Church, where she worked on the annual Christmas bazaar. She was a former Northwood-Appold United Methodist Church congregant.

"She loved to make people feel at home and always welcomed you with a drink and cookies," said her son, David Duerling of Bel Air.

Mrs. Duerling enjoyed playing board games, including Scrabble.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 1 at the Oak Crest Village Chapel, 8800 Walther Blvd., Parkville.

In addition to her husband and son, survivors include another son, Dennis Duerling of Clinton, Iowa; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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