OBITUARY

Howard Martin Weinberg

October 28, 1945April 19, 2019

Howard Martin Weinberg (Howie) passed away April 19, 2019 at the age of age 73. Howie was born October 28, 1945 in Wilkes-Barre, PA to Harry and Helen (Miller) Weinberg. His parents had a flower shop there. Howie was the delivery boy in his teens and college years. Howard is survived by his wife of 45 years, Betsy, daughter Rev. Tamara Gohean (Clair), sister-in-law Dr. Marcy Weinberg, nephews Joel, Jonathan and Roger Stahl (Diane), niece Julia Stahl, cousin Becky Drago (Sal) and a host of friends and former colleagues whom he dearly loved. Howard was pre-deceased by his parents and his brother Michael, to whom he donated a kidney that gave Michael 20 additional years of life and gave Howard great joy. Howie was a very active and athletic child. He spent time at the Jewish Community Center, with his Charles Street friends and as a Boy Scout, attaining the level of Eagle Scout. Upon graduating from Wilkes University in 1969 with a degree in Business Education, Howie started teaching in the Interboro School District in Delaware County, PA. He quickly became the President and Chief Negotiator of the Interboro Education Association, leading them through a successful two day strike. During his 10 years at Interboro he became Chair of the Business Department, Summers, Howie worked in the Catskill Mountains at the Brickman Resort as a Youth Counselor and as part of a comedy diving trio, performing crazy and breathtaking diving routines. Pushing his physical limits and living dangerously made him happy to be alive. His transition into union work was a natural. Howard cared enormously about people, justice and making their working lives better. He worked for the Pennsylvania State Education, the Delaware State Education Association and the National Education Association. He finished his career as DSEA Executive Director and retired after 33 years in January of 2013. A year after retiring, Howard was diagnosed with dementia. Howard lived at home until mid-May of 2018 when he became too impaired to continue there. He became a resident at Sterling Care at Harbor Pointe in Salisbury, MD for the final months of his life. The amazing staff at Sterling Care took loving care of him and Coastal Hospice provided wonderful additional caregiving. The family cannot praise and thank the medical and professional staff enough and the wonderful friends who entertained him with love, music and laughter throughout his final months. The family would like to thank the many friends who supported them from afar. Howard lived the values of an Eagle Scout, a teacher and an advocate for justice for all people. Please think of Howard whenever you hear a bad pun, see a cowboy movie, witness an act of kindness and when you flinch at injustice, wherever it occurs, do something about it! It was Howard’s wish that he be remembered not with sorrow and ceremony but with happy hearts. Details of a memorial reception will be announced in the near future. In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to honor Howard’s memory with a charitable contribution may do so to the Delaware ACLU, the Delaware Food Bank, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Coastal Hospice and the Howard Weinberg Scholarship Fund at DSEA that benefits future educators.

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Rudolph Norton

May 2, 2019

Dear Betsy,
I am beginning to manage my shock and sadness about the sudden passing of your beloved husband and my dear friend Howard.
Howard and I began working together during the during the 1989-1990 school year, his first year as a staff person for DSEA. He and I were responsible for the representation of public school employees in New Castle County.
My oldest and lasting memory of Howard is how he lived by the Great Judeo Christian Concept of Brotherhood. In our office, we advocated going to lunch together to get to know each other; discuss our cases/clients. He wanted to assure our members that they are not just human beings but also entitled to the best representation their dues money could buy.
Once, He and I were at a conference at the NEA in Washington, D. C. We were walking down the street past an expensive Men's store. We went in and soon I saw this beautiful sweater. Needless to say, I didn't have enough to buy that sweater. HW handed his credit card to the sales person. I looked at him. He said," Rudd, you can pay me back next week or sometime."
One of the last, finest memory of Howard's friendship is how so many people saw us as interchange. We are both about the same height; his being Jewish and my being African American. One day he and I were ushered into the office conference room to see a large computer display on the wall. It read, "HOWARD NORTON AND RUDY WEINBERG." The very last memory was the day he and I were walking down the hall. This was one place where we had problems. A student was closing his locker. He stopped and in aspiration said, "Are you guys brothers, " Howard, "Yes. Can't you see how much we look alike."
Good by my old friend. Your soul is free now to travel in the endless galaxies. Hear their voices, but listen to their words. You will hear them say, "Well Done Young Man." "Well done"
Rudolph Norton






































Sheila Roche-Cooper

May 2, 2019

Dear Betsy and family,

The world has been a better place because of your beloved Howard. His legacy remains with all of us now, in our hands and hearts to continue his greatness and joy. My prayers are with you.

Sheila Roche-Cooper

Jim Yale

April 29, 2019

Betsy, on behalf of myself and my colleagues at Horace Mann, our sympathy goes out to you, your family and your extended family at DSEA. Although it has been a number of years, I remember working with Howard as he took on different roles at DSEA, where he served as such an advocate for educators, and was simply a great person to be around. As has been noted by so many others already, he leaves a legacy of caring leadership that will be long remembered.

BARBARA MORRIS

April 27, 2019

Betsy, My sincere condolences. There are no words I can say or things I can do that will ease your pain during this time of sorrow. Just know I am thinking of you and hope Howard's and your friends words show you how much he meant to us all. He made everyone he met laugh more than once. His wit eased tensions during many meetings. We are all lucky to have been a part of his life. What I learned from him will not be forgotten. Thank you for sharing him with us. Fondly, Barbara Morris

Lynn Lester

April 26, 2019

I am so saddened to learn of Howard’s passing — there aren’t many people you sit across the table from in heated negotiations sessions who become friends associated by work, but Howard was one. After our retirements I always enjoyed your occasional visits to The Brick, and I had no idea that he was sick. So, as usual, he was fighting his personal battle with strength and dignity. Sending peace and prayers to you all .... I feel very blessed that I had the opportunity to know this great person. RIP Howard ....

Allyn Hostetter

April 25, 2019


You were a great friend, teacher, leader and negotiator. Rest in piece my friend.



Allyn Hostetter

April 21, 2019 | Media, PA

Jay Harowitz

April 25, 2019


Howie, Marshal Hyman and I were best friends thru most of the six years at Meyers High in Wilkes/Barre. We spend many days together at the JCC and at each other's homes. I spent some time trying to locate Howie since I moved to the Phila area.Please notify me at jayharo@comcast.net when a memorial event is held. RIP HowieJay Harowitz



Jay Harowitz

April 21, 2019 | Upper Chichester, PA

Nancy Pieczynski

April 25, 2019


I considered one of my very good friends growing up. I know he will be missed. Rest in Peach Howie.



Nancy Eastwood Pieczynski

April 21, 2019 | Bradenton, FL

Marcy Weinberg

April 25, 2019


How many things will I miss about you? First of all is your love of family. The most loving thing you did was to donate a kidney to your brother so he could have more time on this earth. Giving you a new car as a "thank you" was never enough but a guy with one kidney shouldn't be driving an old car with over 100,000 miles on it. I will also miss your unusual sense of humor, and how much you loved the cowboy movies. Watching a teacher strike will also trigger some memories!
Give Michael a hug for me when you see him. You guys are back together again.



Marcy Weinberg

April 22, 2019 | Hollywood, FL

Nancy Endler

April 25, 2019


A very good friend from Meyers High School in Wilkes-Barre. I'll remember Howie and smile!



Nancy Endler

April 22, 2019 | Reston, VA

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