MSALEM – Mary (Arbaugh) Forsythe, 82, of Salem, died at 3:43 p.m. on Thursday, September 23, 2021 at Auburn Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation in Damascus following a 9-month illness.
She was born October 27, 1938 in Massillon, Ohio, daughter of the late Chester and Betty (Reed) Arbaugh.
She has lived in Salem since 1974, coming from Canton. She was a former co-owner of the Dinner Bell restaurant on West State Street in Salem. She and her husband Charlie also operated catering trailers. The last place most remembered was the turkey thighs cooked in the black train locomotive at the Rogers Friday sale.
Mary had one of the most loving and gentle dispositions towards those around her. Many will remember her how she joked and joked. Mary loved to shop and find good deals on antiques. She and Charlie always had a good day fishing and spending time in the great outdoors.
She is survived by her children; Diane (Ronald) Heath of E. Canton, Sabrina (David) Brewer of Canfield, Denise Krebs of Salem, Charles (Melinda) Forsythe of Beaver Creek and Jeffrey (Glenda) Forsythe of Tuscarawas, sister; Susan (Joseph) Small of Canton, and several great and great grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Mary was predeceased by her 33 year old husband Charles E. Forsythe who passed away on November 4, 2000, a son; Edwin Goehring on November 8, 2016, a grandson; David S. Royea Jr. on January 8, 2021, and a brother Thomas Arbaugh.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. at the Arbaugh-Pearce-Greenisen & Sons Funeral and Cremation Services, Salem. His son, Charles Forsythe of the Xenia Church of Christ will officiate. Interment will follow at Grandview Cemetery in Sebring. Visiting hours will be from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.