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Eleanor DeFrees

Eleanor L. DeFrees (Laudenslager)

Tuesday, September 7th, 1915 - Saturday, September 26th, 2020
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Eleanor L. (Laudenslager) DeFrees, 105, formerly of Reiffton, passed away on Saturday, September 26th, 2020, in Lutheran Home at Topton. She was the wife of the late Edward DeFrees. Born in Allentown, PA, she was the daughter of the late Edward Laudenslager and Carrie Shawda.

Eleanor graduated from Reading High School, Class of 1933 and was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She worked as a bookkeeper at Kresge, worked in the cafeteria at Exeter High School and lastly worked at Western Electric until her retirement. She volunteered at St. Andrew's United Church of Christ making candy and also for the cancer society. Eleanor spent most of her life as a homemaker, always taking care of the needs of her family.

She is survived by two sons, Ronald E. DeFrees of Reiffton, and Brian A. DeFrees of Bryn Mawr; and three grandchildren. She is predeceased by her son John L. DeFrees and one grandchild.

Services for Eleanor will be held on Friday, October 2, 2020 beginning at 10:00 am in Lutz Funeral Home, Inc., 2100 Perkiomen Avenue, Mt. Penn. Interment will be at Charles Evans Cemetery, Reading. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 3893 Adler Place, Ste. 170, Bethlehem, PA 18017. Lutz Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit
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    October 2nd, 2020 | 10:00am
    October 2nd, 2020 10:00am
    Lutz Funeral Home, Inc.
    2100 Perkiomen Avenue
    Mt. Penn, PA 19606
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    Elder Gary Moulder
  • Interment

    Charles Evans Cemetery
    1119 Centre Ave.
    Reading, PA 19601
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Betty Galley

Posted at 10:52am
Ron and Brian, I am so sorry for your loss. Your Mother was such a beautiful lady, she was loved by so many. I hope you can find comfort knowing that she is in a better place but the memory of her will live on in the hearts of so many people.
Betty Galley

Tammy Strunk

Posted at 12:21pm
I had the pleasure and blessing to interact with Eleanor on a regular basis as the Activity Coordinator at Topton. I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember her lovely smile and laugh. We shared many jokes and hugs. My favorite memories are of her front row and center at all music performances, dancing in her chair and singing the songs loud and proud and at almost every bingo, when we were playing full card and she would get a regular bingo and yell, "bingo!" we would look and she would say oh, full card and laugh. She was just a joy to spend time with, may she rest in peace. Love, Tammy Strunk

Linda and Bill Reber

Posted at 02:02pm
She was so much fun when we were making our candy at St. Andrew's. We shared many happy memories together!!

Linda and Bill Reber

Posted at 01:55pm
Please accept our deepest sympathies on the loss of your beloved mother. Your loss is shared by all who knew and loved her. May God give your family comfort at this very sad time.

Patti Heath

Posted at 10:13pm
To my DeFrees cousins I am very sorry to hear of Aunt Eleanor's passing. I will dearly miss her and the talks I had with her when she did talk to me on the phone. Mom and I send you our condolences and prayers. Aunt Eleanor will be dearly missed. God Bless.

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