Richard J. Stein, 82, of Northborough, Mass., and Schenectady, N.Y., passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Nov. 11, in Schenectady. He was the husband of Clare M. Stein.
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Prior to retiring, he was a polymer chemist for Goodyear in Ohio and General Electric and Insulating Materials, Inc., both in New York.
Born in Palmerton, he was a son of the late Luther and Olive (Handwerk) Stein.
A graduate of Palmerton High School, he earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry at Penn State and master's and PhD degrees in polymer chemistry at Akron University.
He was an Army veteran of the Korean War.
An avid collector of rocks and minerals for over 40 years, he was a past president of the Akron and New York Capital District Mineral clubs. He enjoyed playing the dulcimer and working in his yard.
Surviving in addition to his widow are six sisters, Bernice Kern in Florida and Lucille Rex, Marlene Fetchko, Joyce Lesher, Jean Smith and Janet Hall, all in Pennsylvania; and many nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by a sister, Doris Yenser; and four brothers, Charles, Bruce, Archie and Austin.
Service: Funeral Mass 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, St. Luke the Evangelist Church, 70 West Main St., Westborough, Mass. Interment, St. Bernard Cemetery, Fitchburg, Mass. Call 8:30-9:30 a.m. Saturday, Rand-Harper-Pickering Westborough Funeral Home, 62 West Main St., Westborough. A memorial service will be held in St. John'Lutheran Church, Palmerton, at a later date. Contributions in his name may be made to the
, P.O. Box 11545, Alexandria, Va. 22312. westboroughfuneralhome.com.