Howard J. Dinstel Sr.

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Howard J. Dinstel Sr. of Palm Harbor, Fla., died Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at the age of 86 years.

Howard was born Jan. 2, 1928, son of Howard A. Dinstel and Elizabeth Harris Dinstel, in Kingston, where he resided until 2012 when he moved to Palm Harbor, Fla.

Howard graduated from Kingston High School, Class of 1945, and Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, Class of 1951.

He operated Greenstein's Pharmacy–Dinstel's Pharmacy until the mid-1970s. Later he worked at Cook's Pharmacy, Shavertown, and Nesbitt Memorial Hospital, Kingston.

Howie's favorite pastime was music. He had his own big band in his high school years and continued playing clarinet and saxophone in small jazz bands and the Irem Temple Brass Band. His children all play instruments because of his love for music. He also loved his Kingston Class of 1945 reunions and luncheons with former classmates.

Howard served in the U.S. Navy, pharmacist's mate third class, stationed at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Quantico, Va., from February 1946 and honorably discharged December 1947.

Howard was a member of Masonic Lodge 395 F&AM, Kingston. He was also a member of the Luzerne County Pharmaceutical Association for 50 years.

Howard is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Carolyn Jones Dinstel; and their children, Deborah J. Dinstel, Columbia, S.C.; Howard J. (Cindy) Dinstel Jr., Kingston; Catherine Dinstel Klem (Jack), Palm Harbor, Fla.; Carol Dinstel Campbell (Mark), Normal, Ill.; and Jennifer Dinstel Norman (John), Lansdale. Howard had 12 grandchildren, Lillian McNair, Freddie Pinheiro, Dyan Dinstel, Jonathan Dinstel, Jason Klem, Alison Thompson, James Campbell, Paul Campbell, Jack Campbell, John Norman, Julia Norman and Alexa Norman; and seven great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at Hugh B. Hughes & Son Inc. Funeral Home, 1044 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. The service will take place in Grace Episcopal Church, 30 Butler St., Kingston, at 11 a.m. Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the memorial fund of Grace Episcopal Church or to a .

For more information, or to send an online condolence, please visit the funeral home website at


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Hugh B Hughes & Son Funeral Home
1044 Wyoming Ave Forty Fort, PA 18704
(570) 288-9341
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Published in Citizens' Voice on May 29, 2014
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