Category Archives: Deaths

Sophie Prisbylla, 91

Sophie Prisbylla, 91, daughter of the late Frank and Josepha Bik, went to be with her Lord Tuesday, April 10, 2018, where she was reunited with her beloved son Jack.

She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Walter Prisbylla; her daughter, Nancy (Larry) Davis, daughter-in-law, Sharon Prisbylla of Houston, TX; seven grandchildren, Lisa, Neil, Aaron and Mark Davis, Bethany Bingaman, Anna Prisbylla and Katie Sutherland; 10 great-grandchildren; and her brother, Herman Bick.

She was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.

She will be forever remembered for her love of family and her beautiful, generous heart.

Her sugar cookies and apple pie will be greatly missed by all her family and friends.

A memorial mass for Sophie will be held April 21 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Amsterdam with Father John McCoy, celebrant. Send condolences online at

Dr. Tim L. Kinch, PhD, 73

Dr. Tim Lee Kinch, Ph. D, 73, of Edinboro, PA, formerly of Canton and Bowling Green, died after a long illness Sunday, April 8, 2018, in UPMC Hamot.

Born March 17, 1945, in Carrollton, he was the son of the late Raymond Burke and the late Myrna Cummings Burke Kinch Bullock.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University after a year of study in the Honors English Program at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. He served as an executive for Boy Scouts of America in the greater Canton area and southeastern district of Ohio. He earned his master’s degree in Anthropology from Kent State University and his Ph. D. from Bowling Green State University in American Culture Studies. During his tenure teaching at Bowling Green State University, he was awarded the prestigious teaching position by the Fulbright Commission at Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität (University of Münster), Münster, Germany, for the 1983-84 academic year and then returned to teaching at BGSU. Dr. Kinch was a former faculty member of the English Department at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He was a life-long learner and a mentor and a master teacher every day of his life. Dr. Kinch’s students appreciated his knowledge and wisdom, and loved him.

Clara L. Bendle, 92

Clara L. Bendle, 92, of Amsterdam, passed away Monday, April 9, 2018, in Valley Hospice Palliative Care Unit at Trinity Medical Center West in Steubenville.

Born Sept. 15, 1925 in Zanesville, she was a daughter of the late William and Jennie Marie McCloud Smith.

A long-time member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Amsterdam, she was active in the Catholic Women’s Club and Jolly Mixers.

Shirley A. James, 76

Shirley A. James, 76, of Carrollton, died Saturday afternoon, April 7, 2018, in Canterberry Village in Alliance.

Born Aug. 23, 1941, in Carrollton, she was a daughter of the late Theodore and Florence Staley Guess.

Shirley had operated a residential cleaning service in the Carrollton area. She was a member of Church of Christ Christian Disciples, where she had served as the church secretary for many years.

Joyce “Diane” Phillips, 64

Joyce “Diane” (Beckley) Phillips, 64, formerly of Kilgore, OH, passed away peacefully Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Fairfax Inova Hospital, after a hard fought illness.

Born Sept. 8, 1953, in Canton, she was a daughter to the late Merle J. Sr. and Bernice Beckley.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Walter D. Phillips of Delaplane, VA; daughters, Lynne Phillips and her partner, Scott Edmondson of Strasburg, VA, and Wendy Williams and husband, David of Hastings, FL; grandson, James Walter (Wendy) Phillips, the light of her life; her beloved grandpups, Lucy and Sky (Lynne); nephews, Bob Beckley and Merle Beckley III; niece, Sabine Meadows; and many special aunts, uncles, cousins, great nieces and nephews, and friends whom she loved dearly.

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