Charles Samuel Kaminsky

Nov. 22, 1937 – June 10, 2021


Charles Samuel Kaminsky, Altoona, died Thursday after an extended illness.

He is survived by his loving wife, Sandi (Handmaker) Kaminsky of 28-1/2 years; along with stepsons: Scott Handmaker and Brett (Alisa) Handmaker; and three stepgranddaughters: Morgan, Samantha and Jessica whom he greatly adored. He is also survived by a brother-in-law, Stan Goldstein; a niece, Jodie Goldstein; a nephew, Morrie (Stacey) Goldstein; a niece, Jessica Goldstein and husband, Allan; along with great-nephews and nieces, Max and Sara Leeds, Micah and Lily Goldstein and Liev.

He was predeceased by his sister, Joy (Kaminsky) Goldstein; and parents: Morrie and Miriam (Brenner) Kaminsky.

Charles spent the major portion of his life career as president/owner of Puritan Cleaners, a business founded by his father Morrie and Uncle Jack Kaminsky. Puritan Cleaners was a business he loved. He could always be found behind the counter meeting and greeting his loyal customers/friends. Puritan Cleaners was recognized and honored by The Chamber of Commerce HALL OF FAME in 2007 for its outstanding and long-term service to the community. In 2015, he retired from the business.

Charles was a 1955 graduate of Altoona High School. He then earned an accounting degree from Robert Morris School of Business. In typical Charles fashion, he liked to say: “It was a CPA degree in Cleaning, Pressing and Alterations!”

Charles and Sandi were avid spectators/fans and enjoyed attending basketball sporting events, especially basketball at Penn State, Saint Francis, Bishop Guilfoyle and Altoona High School. He prided himself in being a charter member of Altoona Sunrise Rotary. He loved to travel with Sandi to New York City, Borgata Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, Florida, and other exciting destinations. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves for six years and then was recalled for another year of active duty in the ’60s.

He was a lifetime member of Agudath Achim Synagogue.

Donations may be made to Agudath Achim Synagogue: 1306 17th St., Altoona, PA 16601, or Rotary Sunrise Club of Altoona: PO Box 2538, Altoona, PA 16603, or a charity of your choice.

A private graveside service was held.

Arrangements were by E. Merrill Smith Funeral Home Inc.

Condolences may be made at stevensfamilyfuneralhomes.com or the Stevens Family Funeral Homes Facebook page.