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Freda Theresa (Baribeau) Whitlow

November 1, 1927 — January 2, 2021

Escanaba, Michigan

Freda Theresa Whitlow, 93, of Escanaba, Michigan, died at 8:55 am Saturday, January 2, 2021, at St. Francis Home, Tiffin.

A native of Escanaba, Freda was born on November 1, 1927, the daughter of Philip and Rose (LaFreniere) Baribeau. Freda graduated from Escanaba High School and was employed at the Escanaba Paper Company after high school for 10 years.

On, June 6, 1953, Freda married Leo Whitlow in Escanaba, and he preceded her in death.

She enjoyed bowling, golf, playing bridge, and traveling. Freda was the Mohawk women’s golf champion for several years. Her memberships included the Emblem Club, where she was the past president of the Ohio Clubs, Y-Wives, and the Mohawk Golf Club.

Survivors include her son, John Whitlow; grandson, Chris (Mary) Potteiger Sr. all of Tiffin, OH; granddaughter, Kirsten Whitlow of Rutherford NJ; great granddaughters, Skylynn Doss of Carey, OH, Teresa Doss and Dayle Doss both of Escanaba; great grandson, Chris Potteiger Jr. of Findlay, OH, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Freda was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leo; daughter, Virginia “Ginny” (Charlie) Adams; granddaughter, Megan Doss; brothers, Ernest (Helen), William (Elaine), John “Jack” (Miriam) and infant brother, George Baribeau; sisters, Rose (Louis) Johnson, Violet (John) Meyers, Irene (Paul) Cole, Emma (Steve) Clairmont, Agnes Baribeau, and Virginia (Frank) Schmitt.

Services will be held in the spring and announced at a later date.

Burial will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery, Escanaba.

The Family would like to thank the Staff at St. Francis Home Tiffin, OH for the wonderful care given Freda in these challenging times.

Arrangements in Escanaba are under the direction of the Crawford Funeral Home.  Local arrangements are being handled by the Traunero Funeral Home and Crematory, Tiffin.

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