December 22, 2021


Jay Finkelstein, 64, of Kingston, Pa., died peacefully on Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021, surrounded by family, after a short but fierce battle with cancer.

Born December 24th, 1957, he was a son of the late Maynard and Helen Dymond Finkelstein. Jay was a graduate of Wyoming Valley West High School, 1975 and Wilkes University, 1979.

Jay was a decorated businessman working for many companies such as Yellow Pages, Geisinger, and up until his last days, ran a successful online small business. Jay was very personable and loved talking to people. Jay loved music, movies, and was a devoted lover of animals.

Jay was preceded in death by his father Maynard Finkelstein (1985); his mother Helen Dymond Finkelstein (1993); brother Max Fine (2011); sister Judy Finkelstein (2013); and mother-in-law, Lois Shonk (2021).

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Dorothy (Shonk); son, Billy and his wife Jackie (Flaherty); son Michael; lifelong best friend, Paul Metroka; sister-in-laws, Sandy Fine, Debbie Roberts, Susan Schoonmaker; 6 nieces and nephews, 12 great-nieces and nephews; and his beloved, loyal rescue dog, Jagger.

Funeral service will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, December 24th, 2021 from the Rosenberg Funeral Chapel, Inc. 348 S. River Street Wilkes-Barre.  Rabbi Larry Kaplan will officiate.  Interment will follow in Temple Israel Cemetery, Swoyersville.

In lieu of flowers and provisions, please consider making a tribute donation to the fund set up in Jay’s name at the SPCA of Luzerne County, 524 East Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. 18702, or online at


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Funeral Service
December 24, 2021

10:00 AM
Rosenberg Funeral Chapel, Inc.
348 S. River Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

Interment following funeral service
December 24, 2021

Temple Israel Cemetery
212 Dennison Street
Swoyersville, PA 18704

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