The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Obituaries

January 3, 2014

Dr. Seymour Finkelstein

DARIEN, CONN. — FINKELSTEIN – Dr. Seymour, 90, died peacefully Jan. 1, 2014, at Stamford Hospital in Stamford, Conn. The son of Dr. Louis and Frances Finkelstein, Seymour was born in Johnstown in 1923 and lived there all but the last three years of his life. At the time of his death, he lived in Darien, Conn., with his daughter, Susan Kostin, and grandson, Andrew Kostin. Seymour attended primary and secondary school in Westmont, graduating from Westmont Upper Yoder High School in 1941. He attended college for one year at Penn State University before attending Temple Dental School as part of an accelerated program for doctors and dentists during World War II. Dr. Finkelstein graduated from Temple University School of Dentistry in February of 1946. In dental school, he was a member of Kolmer Honorary Medical Society and Junior American Dental Association. Following dental school, he completed one year of a residency and internship in oral surgery at Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, N.J. Having completed officer basic training at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, Dr. Finkelstein then served as a captain in the U.S. Army Air Corps until his discharge in 1948. During his military service, he was stationed in the Philippines and in Hawaii. He met his first wife, Janette (Sapiro, deceased) while stationed at Hickam Field in Honolulu, Hawaii. They married in 1948 and moved to Johnstown, where Dr. Finkelstein joined in the practice of general dentistry with his father, Dr. Louis Finkelstein. Dr. Finkelstein was an avid athlete, having played football and baseball in his school years and as a lifelong golfer and skier until all but the last few years of his life. He was dedicated to continuous, lifelong learning both professionally and personally. Dr. Finkelstein was an active member of Cambria County and Pennsylvania State Dental Societies and a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry. He was a past president and treasurer of Beth Sholom and Beth Zion congregations in Johnstown. Dr. Finkelstein also was active in the United Jewish Appeal and the Israel Bond Campaign committees in Johnstown. His accomplishments were many, but greatest of all were his collection of friends and his love of family. He had a warm and friendly smile, a sweet and gentle disposition, a wonderful sense of humor and a genuine caring and concern for others. Survived by his wife, Judith (Bloom) Lantos Finkelstein; children, Dr. Robert Finkelstein, James Finkelstein and Susan Kostin; stepsons, Steven and James Lantos; grandchildren, Benjamin Barnet, Andrew Kostin and Jessica Finkelstein; great-grandson, Landon Doyle; and his many nieces and nephews, including Michael, Lawrence and Richard Glosser, and their families. He was preceded in death by his loving parents and his adored sister, Rita Shirley Glosser. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6, at John Henderson Co. Funeral Home, 215 Central Ave., Johnstown, Rabbi Irvin Brandwein, officiating, followed by interment at Grandview Cemetery. The family will sit shiva on Thursday evening, Jan. 9, at the Kostin’s home in Darien, Conn. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Seymour’s memory to the charity of your choice. May Seymour Finkelstein’s memory be a blessing to all who knew and loved him.

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