Obituaries

Kenneth Brent McLemore

PORTSMOUTH, Va.— Kenneth Brent McLemore, 51, passed away surrounded by loved ones at Maryview Medical Center in Portsmouth, Va., on April 28. Kenneth, who commonly went by “Brent,” was born in 1968 in Salem, Ohio to Carl Kenneth McLemore (deceased 1994) and Shirley May Stewart McLemore. ...

Laura Sue Rohaley

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Laura Sue Rohaley, 61, of Wilmington, N.C., formerly of Salem, died Sunday, June 2. She was a 1975 West Branch High School graduate. No services will be held. 6/4/19

Jay Phillip Smith

BOAZ, Ala.—Jay Phillip Smith, 63, of Boaz passed away Thursday, May 30, 2019 at Riverview Regional Medical Center. He is survived by his sons, Adam Smith of Tennessee and Jarrod Six of Georgia; granddaughters, Karleigh Smith, Macie Smith and Kaylee Six; three brothers, Chip, Larry and Paul ...

Maxine (McMurray) Nichols

SALEM—Ethel Maxine (McMurray) Nichols, 75, of Salem died at 6:39 p.m. Friday at Salem Regional Medical Center. She was born on June 19, 1943 in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Amos and Matilda (Beresford) McMurray. Maxine worked a various places over the years. The one she spoke of ...

John R. Benner

SEBRING — John R. Benner, 70, of Salem died Wednesday at Salem Regional Medical Center. John was born in Salem on Oct. 25, 1948, the son of the late Russell and Anna Mae (Somers) Benner. He was a graduate of West Branch High School, attended MIT, and completed his training at GMI. John ...

Patricia ‘Pat’ Butler

SALEM — Patricia “Pat” Keener Butler, 92, died at 4:25 p.m. Sunday, June 1, 2019, at the Salem Regional Medical Center. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are pending at the Stark Memorial Funeral Home. 6/3/19

Paul ‘Chip’ Champney

Paul Ray “Chip” Champney 45, of East Palestine, (formerly of Leetonia ) died Wednesday at his home. He was born on September 5, 1973 in East Liverpool, Ohio, the son of Durand Peter and Joyce Ann (Congo) Champney. He was currently working for E. J. Bognar Inc. in East Palestine and ...

Helen Agnes Dorff

Helen Agnes (Magyar) Dorff, 92, of Salem, died at 6:05 AM Friday, May 31, 2019 at Salem Regional Medical Center. She was born on September 23, 1926 in Doylestown, Ohio, the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Hrzenjak) Magyar. She was a member of the Winona Methodist Church and was last ...

Robert Reese, Jr.

Robert G. Reese, Jr., 84, of Salem, died at 12:32 AM Friday, May 31, 2019 following a brief illness at Allay Senior Care, Canton. He was born August 24, 1934, son of the late Robert and Rachel (Shontz) Reese Sr. He retired in the late 1990’s from GM Lordstown as an assembly line relief ...

Helen Agnes (Magyar) Dorff

SALEM — Helen Agnes (Magyar) Dorff, 92, of Salem, died at 6:05 a.m. Friday, May 31, 2019 at Salem Regional Medical Center. She was born on Sept, 23, 1926 in Doylestown, Ohio, the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Hrzenjak) Magyar. She was a member of the Winona Methodist Church and ...

Paul Ray “Chip” Champney

EAST PALESTINE — Paul Ray "Chip" Champney, 45, of East Palestine (formerly of Leetonia), died at his home Wednesday evening. Arrangements are pending at Arbaugh-Pearce-Greenisen & Sons Funeral and Cremation Services. 6/1/19

Robert G. Reese

SALEM — Robert G. Reese, 84, of Salem, died at 12:32 a.m. Friday at Crossroads Hospice, Canton. Arrangements are pending at Arbaugh-Pearce-Greenisen & Sons Funeral and Cremation Services. 6/1/19

Ethel M. Nichols

SALEM — Ethel M. Nichols, 75, died at 6:39 p.m. Friday at Salem Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are pending at Arbaugh-Pearce-Greenisen & Sons Funeral and Cremation Services.

Sue “Ann” Berndt

SALEM – Sue “Ann” Berndt, 77, went to be with her Lord and Savior at 8:47 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at Auburn Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation. She was born May 3, 1942 in Canton, the daughter of the late Robert Dale and Mary Elizabeth (Myers) Crumrine.  Ann was a 1960 graduate ...

Rose Mae Blackburn

SALEM – Rose Mae Blackburn, 82, died at 9:07 a.m. Thursday, May 30, 2019 at Salem Regional Medical Center. She was born April 7, 1937 in Martin, Ky., the daughter of the late Andy and Julie (Hickman) Fitch.  Rose was a member of Damascus Friends Church – Salem Campus. Rose was a loving ...

Mary Ann Francis (Stainer) Burkholder

ALLIANCE — Mary Ann Francis (Stainer) Burkholder, 62, of Alliance (formerly of Salem area), died Sunday at her home. She was born on Dec. 23, 1956, in Youngstown, the daughter of the late William W. and Catherine (Savnic) Stainer. She got a degree as a STNA and formerly worked as a home ...

John R. Benner

SALEM—John R. Benner, 70, of Salem passed away on Wednesday at Salem Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are pending at Gednetz-Ruzek-Brown Funeral Home. 5/31/19

Sue “Ann” Berndt

SALEM – Sue “Ann” Berndt, 77, died at 8:47 p.m. Wednesday at Auburn Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation. Arrangements are pending at Stark Memorial Funeral Home and Cremation Services. 5/31/19

Rose Mae Blackburn

SALEM – Rose Mae Blackburn, 82, died at 9:07 a.m. Thursday at Salem Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are pending at Stark Memorial Funeral Home and Cremation Services. 5/31/19

George Albert Kaufman

LADSON, S.C.—George Albert Kaufman, 86, passed away Sunday, March 3, 2019 in Ladson, S.C. George was born Oct. 17, 1932 to Charles and Mildred (Lippert) in Salem, Ohio, the middle of three children. He graduated from Salem High School in 1950. George served in the U.S. military as an Army ...