Rochester, NY: Passed away November 13th at the age of 89. Don was predeceased by his parents, Albert and Alberta Stubblebine, brother, Albert Stubblebine. He is survived by his daughter, Dawn (Charles) Kraintz, his son Donald (Lisa) Stubblebine; grandchildren, Angel Kraintz, Charles Kraintz, Casey Stubblebine; great-grandchildren, Thorne, Yeshaya; best friend Kathy Dolan; and his sister Joan (John) Callahan.
Don was the oldest son of Albert and Alberta (Morgan) Stubblebine. His childhood was spent in Plymouth, PA. While in school, Don was recruited by the Springfield College Wrestling program. He excelled in wrestling, winning the New England Championship three times. During the 1952 Olympic trials, he narrowly missed advancing due to an injury suffered in the match before the finals as he had to take his arm out of a sling to compete against the Army Champion.
After completing his master’s degree at Penn State, he pursued a High School teaching career in chemistry. He spent most of his career teaching at East Ridge High School until his retirement.
He always had a love for chess. Eventually becoming a master chess player and President of the Rochester Chess Club. As an avid bowler, he was a member of a Sr. League team in Fairport, NY for many years, making many friends among his teammates.
During summer vacations, he made and sold rings in hundreds of craft shows on the east coast, later becoming a mall-director, setting up shows in Western NY.
A memorial service will be held later in PA at which time, his ashes will be placed with his parents.
Don, Lisa, and Casey,
We’re so sorry to hear of your loss. It sounds like he lived a very full life and will be missed. Sending all of our love and support, and hoping you will feel the peace and joy of his love and presence every time you think of him.
Don, Amy, Samantha, and Maranda
I remember Mr. Stubblebine well from high school many decades ago—the 60s! I believe he used to walk up and down between our desks while he was talking. It was nice to read about his life after teaching. I’m sorry to read that he passed away.