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Dolores F. Deer

February 7, 1929 ~ March 19, 2018 (age 89)

Dolores (Jo) Froehlich Deer, 89, went to meet the lord on
3-19-2019, at her home in Fairbanks Alaska. Dolores
was born on February 7th, 1929 in Mount Oliver, a suburb
of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was preceded in death
by her parents, Frank and Ann Froehlich, as well as her
sister Dorothy Dagnal, and brothers, Leonard and Donald
Froehlich. Dolores attended Brentwood High School,
were she specialized in secretary skills, graduating in
1947. After working for a steel company for several
years, she acquired a job with Pan American Airlines
which took her to Florida where she advanced to the
position of secretary to the Chief Pilot. Delores enjoyed
traveling and in the 1950s she and her father enjoyed a
trip to Europe. She and her girlfriends also enjoyed
many shopping trips to Havana, Cuba.

In the late 1950's Dolores returned to Pittsburgh to help
her parents for a period while her father was
experiencing employment problems. At that time, she
accompanied a girlfriend to a party put on by some
sailors attending a factory school at Westinghouse
Nuclear Power facility in Large, Pa. It was there she met
her future husband, Charlie Deer. Charlie and Jo were
married on January 16th, 1960 and traveled to Pascagoula

 

Mississippi, where Jo went to work in Industrial Relations
at the Ingalls Ship Yard while Charlie was assigned to his
first Nuclear Powered Submarine. After the
commissioning, Jo shipped their meager household gear
to San Diego, and found a place to live. When the
submarine arrived, she was there to pick Charlie up and
show him how to get home and how to get back to the
boat the next morning. This was the first of the eight
moves the Deers made during their 58-year marriage.
They lived in Mississippi, California, Pennsylvania, Maine,
Connecticut, Hawaii, and Alaska.

Jo was able to get acquainted in different communities
by joining sewing groups, home maker clubs, and cooking
classes with other wives from the various boats to which
Charlie was attached. Jo also enjoyed vacationing and
hunting in their camper and motorhome. As a side
interest, she also became involved in shooting and
hunting with Charlie and his friends. Jo had her own
target pistol and did quite well at competitive matches,
achieving the level of Marksman. Her biggest prize was
the buffalo she harvested in Big Delta, Alaska.

Neither hunting nor shooting could compare to her love
of fishing. She always liked to fish but after coming to

 

Alaska and Charlie began taking her fishing in an airplane
or boat, fishing became her favorite sport. She would

stand on a barb wire fence to fish. She was well known in
Alaska for her canned smoked salmon. Charlie made the
mistake of putting up a wind break during one of the ice
fishing trips he had taken Jo and her friend, Connie, on
and it took way too long for them to get cold and want to
go home.

Dolores (Jo) is survived and will be missed by her
husband, Charles Deer, and many nieces and nephews,
as well as many lifelong friends.

 

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