Maria Pilant, 82, of Houghton Lake passed away on Tuesday July 28, 2020 at Munson Healthcare Grayling Hospital.

Maria was born on June 13, 1938 in Traverse City, Michigan to Santos and Carmen (Iglesias) Flores. She grew up in the Detroit area where she worked in quality control for General Motors until her retirement. Maria was married on August 27, 1989 in Houghton Lake to Thomas M. Pilant. The couple had been coming to Houghton Lake for many years before making the permanent move from Birmingham in 2001. Maria was a member of the Waterford Eagles and enjoyed going to art shows, going out dancing, and crocheting lap blankets for cancer patients and family members. Her special love was spending time with family, especially her nieces and nephews.

Surviving Mrs.Pilant are her brother, Luis Flores of Fenton; and several nieces and nephews. Maria was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Thomas M. Pilant; and two brothers, Jose H. Flores, and Marcos Flores.

Celebration of Life services for Maria Pilant will be held at a later date, in Houghton Lake, at the home of her nephew, Chris Flores. Memorial contributions in memory of Maria are asked to be directed to the Roscommon County Animal Shelter. Christler Funeral Home, Houghton Lake Chapel is serving the family. Condolences can be sent to the family online at