Donald E. Starsinic
Saturday 3rd of May 1930 - Saturday 22nd of February 2020
Donald E. Starsinic, 89, husband for 52 years of Margaret Starsinic, passed away on Saturday, February 22, 2020. Don was born on May 3, 1930, in Harrisburg, PA to the late Emil and Betty (Calman) Starsinic. He received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He served in the Army 1952-1954, and then received a Master’s degree from the University of Chicago. He had a 37-year career as a demographer with the U.S. Census Bureau in Suitland, MD. After retiring, he and Margaret moved to Lexington. Don enjoyed retirement and was active in NARFE, the local AARP chapter, and the Stonewall Community Association. He will be missed by all those organizations.
In addition to his wife, their son, Michael of Bowie, MD., survives Don. Don was a member of Rosemont Baptist Church, and Bro. Eddie Benton will conduct the funeral service.
Family will receive friends for visitation on Wednesday, February 26th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at Milward – Southland located at 391 Southland Drive, Lexington. Funeral service will be at 12:00 pm followed by interment in Lexington Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be given to NARFE-Alzheimer’s Research. Please make checks payable to NARFE-Alzheimer’s Research and mail to Phyllis Tackett, 976 Fredericksburg Road, Lexington, KY 40504. To share a remembrance of Don or offer condolences to his family, please visit milwardfuneral.com.
Don was my supervisor for most of my time at the Census Bureau in the 1970’s, and he stayed in contact ever since. I echo the appreciation for his kindness, encouragement, leadership, flexibility, thoroughness, and perennial mildness. My heartfelt sympathy to and prayers for Margaret and Michael.
I worked for Don when I first came to the Bureau in 1962. He was a kind, gentle man. Will miss his Christmas letter each year. We visited them a few yrs ago on our way back from Branson. We would keep in touch by email a couple times a yr. Our sympathy to the family.
Tom & Jean Millersays
We are so saddened to learn of Don's passing and wish to share with Margaret and their family our prayers and condolences. Don and Margaret were one of the first to welcome us to the Stonewall Community and Don's service to NARFE is well recognized. We regret that we are not in Lexington at this time and will not be able to attend the funeral. Don has been a wonderful neighbor and his service to our community in so many ways has been a sincere blessing to us all! Prayers & Blessings Tom & Jean Miller
I first met Don in 1965 when I was a summer intern at the Census Bureau in the Population Estimates Branch. Don was always very friendly and helpful, and he had a thorough knowledge of the subject matter and of estimates methodology. It was a very different time: no computers, no electronic calculators, no AC. Just big floor fans and the continuous hum of the big mechanical calculators doing all the calculations required to do local population estimates. I saw Don occasionally when he visited after moving to Lexington. He was a very kind man and will be missed.
Don was a great neighbor and will be missed immensely by all his friends. My wife, Freddie, and I send our deepest sympathy to Margaret and her family.
Don was one of the sweetest people I ever knew. I had the luck of working with him in Population Division for many, many years. I met him my first day there and was immediately drawn to his kindness and warmth. He was one of the pillars of the Census Bureau - he knew every fact, could solve any problem, and was generous with his knowledge. He was such a quiet, gentle man, I still remember with glee how much he loved the rum buns at Flagship Restaurant on the waterfront in DC where Pop. Div. went for our annual Christmas luncheon. They were a real treat to which we all looked forward each year, and I can still hear Don softly banging his fists on the table, chanting “On with the rum buns! On with the rum buns!” He was dearly loved by his colleagues at the Bureau. Rest In Peace, sweet Don.