01-02-2020 Tri-City Area Obituaries


Paschal “Roy” Scott, 92, of Benton Township died Friday, December 27, 2019, at the Westwoods of Bridgman Nursing Home.

Services celebrating his life will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2, at the Davidson Chapel of Florin Funeral Service in Coloma. Cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends and relatives beginning at noon on Thursday at the Davidson Chapel. Memorials may be made to Hospice at Caring Circle or Westwoods of Bridgman. Please share memories, messages or photos at www.florin.net.

Roy was born on Aug. 2, 1927 in Garner, AR to Walter and Beulah Scott. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during WWII. He married his wife, Lucille, in 1946 and she preceded him in death in 2003.

Together they celebrated 57 years of marriage. Roy was the warehouse manager for Troost Bros. Furniture Store from 1953 until he retired in 1992. He enjoyed the outdoors with hunting and camping. Roy was always looking for deer. He coached youth baseball for his children. Roy was also a big NASCAR and WWE fan.

His family includes Deborah (Edwin Eastman) Toffelmire of Benton Harbor and her children, Michelle and Heather; Cynthia (Ken Jewell) Kraklau of Benton Harbor, and her children, Ryan and Cory and their father, Rick Kraklau; and Shelia (Greg) Watts of Orlando, FL and her children, Monica, Rachel and Hailey; seven great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by four sisters and two brothers.


William “Bill” White, 84, of Coloma, passed away Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at his residence, surrounded by family.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 12:30 p.m., Saturday, January 4 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hartford, Michigan where the family will receive friends beginning at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Bill White may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 63559 60th Avenue, Hartford, MI 49057. Those wishing to leave an online message of remembrance may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com.

Bill was born December 27, 1934 in Chicago to William and Loretta (Liddy) White. He served in the military during the Korean Conflict and was formerly employed in the savings and loan industry including Bell Savings, Chemical Bank, and Community Home Mortgage.

Bill always put family first – his loving wife of 58 years, Peg, his five children, and his 15 grandchildren. He was so proud of each and every one of them. A man who told many jokes – some funny, some that were kinda funny, and all repeated many times. Bill loved playing golf with his friends and having a Stroh’s with anyone that had time to sit down and chat. Bill first met Peg at Paw Paw Lake, and later purchased a cottage, and then eventually made the lake his year-round home. He loved spending time on the lake and taking friends and family on boat rides.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents William and Loretta, and his sisters Fran Schnitzius and Nancy Bishop. Survivors include his wife Peg (Loughran) White; five children, Donna (Tom) Hannemann, Eileen (Glen) Noren, Bill (Lori) White, Patty (Paul) Crescenzo, and Meg (Tim) Shanley; 15 grandchildren, Danny, Maggie, Mary Claire, and Kathleen Noren, Megan, Kelly, and Lauren Hannemann, Emily, Ashley, William, and Patrick White, and Ryan, Quinn, Peter, and Charlie Shanley. Bill is also survived by his sister Ruth Nelson and two sisters-in-law, Kathy (Will) Myers, and Sue (John) Riley.

Bill was a faithful friend, a good neighbor, and the personification of a life well lived.


Ruth Ann Froberg, 49, of St. Joseph, MI went to be with her Lord on Monday, December 23, 2019.

Mass will be celebrated 10:00 a.m., Saturday January 4, 2020 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 211 Church St., St. Joseph with Fr. Arul Lazar officiating. A private burial will take place at a later date at Rush Lake Indian Cemetery in Hartford. Friends may visit from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., with prayers recited at 7:30 p.m., Friday, January 3, 2020 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Memorials may be made to Berrien County Cancer Society. Those wishing to share a memory of Ruth online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.

Ruth was born March 27, 1970 in Watervliet, MI to Arthur & Catherine (Sibr) Morsaw. She graduated from Hartford High School in 1988. Ruth then earned associate’s degrees from both Lake Michigan College and KVCC. On May 13, 1999 she married William “Bill” Froberg in St. Joseph. Ruth worked in Human Resources for Four Winds Casino and the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church where she was involved in many activities. She loved reading, watching movies and television, helping others and most of all taking care of and spending time with her children, husband and family.

Ruth is survived by her husband Bill Froberg; parents Arthur & Catherine Morsaw; children Jenna Froberg, Liam Froberg and Aubrey Froberg; siblings Ann (Scott) Banghart, Laura Burfield, Angela (John) Glover, Joseph (Lindsy) Morsaw, Jessica (Jeff) Christner and Matthew (Sasha) Morsaw; many nieces and nephews; and special friend Dana French.



Sally Ann (Freeman) Shepherd, 48, of Benton Harbor passed away unexpectedly in St. Joseph on Friday, December 27, 2019.

Sally was born March 10, 1971 in Batesville, Arkansas to Eugene and Joyce (Mullins) Freeman. Sally was the fourth of their five children. She grew up in Hagar Shores. She enjoyed camping with her family and going to the races. Sally loved her only son very much and enjoyed spending time with him.

She is survived by her son, Brandon Wayne Freeman; life partner, Brian Hornus; siblings, Tina (Roger) Morris of Bloomingdale, Donald (Marie) Freeman of Coloma, and Troy (Danea) Freeman of Watervliet; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Wayne Freeman; her grandparents, Homer & Romie Mullins and Cecil & Grace Freeman.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at Lake Michigan Beach Community Church, 3481 Ohio Street, Coloma, where a dinner will follow. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the family to help with funeral costs. These donations can be dropped off to Mike’s Pit Stop in Coloma.

Death Notices

Phyllis “Jean” Lucas, 78, of Hartford died Dec. 20, 2019 at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph. Heritage Chapel and Cremation Services, Berrien Springs

Betty Ann Willis, 77, of Coloma died Dec. 25, 2019 at Hanson Hospice Center, Stevensville. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph

Nancy J. Wilson, 83, of Stevensville died Dec. 26, 2019 at Hanson Hospice Center, Stevensville. Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services, St. Joseph

Charles F. Allred, 65, of Benton Harbor died Dec. 26, 2019 at Graceway of Countryside, South Haven. Filbrandt Family Funeral Home, South Haven


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