2017-12-07 / Obituaries

Eleanor C. DeFer

Eleanor C. DeFer, 94, Houghton Lake, died Nov. 21, 2017, at The Light­house at Roscommon Health and Reha­bilitation Center.

Family services will be held. Inter­ment will be in Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly.

Born Oct. 5, 1923, in Detroit, she was the daughter of Joseph and Helen (Nsz­cykwski) Angelo. She spent her youth in the Detroit area where she graduated from high school. She worked as a la­borer for Packard Motor Car and was the first woman at Packard to drive cars onto the car haulers. She played short­stop for the Packard women’s baseball team in the Detroit area. She later owned and operated Forest Tavern in Gulliver for several years and Airport Restaurant at Houghton Lake for several years. She was married to Raymond DeFer who pre­ceded her in death. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and the Houghton- Higgins Lake Elks. She enjoyed fishing and watching Wheel of Fortune, The Cooking Channel and M.A.S.H.

Surviving are her son, Charles (Kim) Johnston of Houghton Lake; daughter, Helen (John) Holmes of Columbus, OH; five grandchildren; seven great-grand­children; brother, Anthony (Martha) Tranchida of East Detroit; sister-in-law, Rita Tranchida of Roseville; and several nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her husband; parents; daugh­ter, Carol Ann Momberg; and brother, Joe.

Memorial contributions in mem­ory of Mrs. DeFer can be directed to Compasses Hospice.

Christler Funeral Home, Houghton Lake Chapel, handled the arrangements.

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