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Jacob Kreshtool

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Jacob Kreshtool

1918 - 2017

Wilmington native Jacob Kreshtool passed away April 11, 2017, at his winter home in Luquillo, Puerto Rico, at the age of 98.

Born September 6, 1918 to Bertha Goberman and Isadore Kreshtool, Jacob was a graduate of Wilmington High School, the University of Delaware, and the University of Miami Law School. He served in the Navy as a Lieutenant Commander in the North Atlantic during WWII and in Norfolk during the Korean War.

Mr. Kreshtool had a passion to protect those who had little voice or power. Kreshtool was a labor lawyer whose heart was always with the underdog. He championed civil rights, labor, and clean air when it was not popular to do so. He was an enthusiastic civil rights activist and a committed environmentalist, using his resources as a lawyer to defend the disenfranchised and, as President of the Delaware Citizens for Clean Air, to wage legal battles against polluting corporations.

Mr. Kreshtool ran as the Democratic candidate for Governor in 1988. With no hope of winning against a popular incumbent, he undertook his quixotic campaign solely to publicize the liberal take on Gov. Castle's agenda, especially concerning its negative impact on the environment and the public health.

He had a happy 62-year marriage, and was devoted to his wife Betty until her death in 2013. He was predeceased by his three siblings, Bernard, Louis, and Freida Barsky and is survived by his sisters-in-law Constance Kreshtool and Thelma Deitcher; his children, Laurie and Ken; and his nieces and nephews and their families.

Mr. Kreshtool's infectious sense of fun accompanied everything he did. From his provocative picket signs to his brave attempts at juggling, his wit, humor, skepticism toward authority, original and creative mind, enthusiasm for life, and childlike joy in simple pleasures will long be remembered.

Funeral services will be 12:30 pm, Friday, April 21, 2017 in the Chapel at the Jewish Community Cemetery, 401 Foulk Road, Wilmington, DE 19803. Shiva will be observed approximately 2:30 pm, Friday, April 21 at Adas Kodesch Shel Emeth Synagogue, 4412 Washington Boulevard, Wilmington, DE 19802.

Please send condolences in care of Schoenberg Memorial Chapel, 519 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, DE 19809 which will be forwarded to Mr. Kreshtool's children. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests telling a good story involving one of Jake's antics or adventures, or donating to the Natural Resources Defense Council (


Published in The News Journal on Apr. 20, 2017
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