Shirley Kinstler, owner of Del Rio Lanes, passes away

DOWNEY - Shirley Kinstler, an avid bowler and owner of Del Rio Lanes bowling center in Downey, passed away at home on Sept. 5.She was born Jan. 15, 1934 in Loudwater, England. It was there that she attended school and married an American GI, Charles Kinstler. They moved to the United States in 1954. Their first home was in Porstmouth, Ohio, and two years later they moved to Kingston, N.Y. In 1959, the couple settled in Monterey Park. Charles jumped into the real estate business while Shirley busied herself with raising two boys, Bill and Charlie. The Kinstlers became a bowling family in the early 1970s. Shirley bowled in the San Gabriel Valley Monday Travel League for many years, while Bill and Charlie kept score for their parents during evening leagues. When Charlie graduated from college, the family decided to invest in their own bowling center and purchased Del Rio Lanes in Downey in 1983. Shirley bowled in three leagues a week and maintained an average over 150 for more than 30 years. Besides bowling, Shirley also enjoyed traveling, and took many cruises to Alska, the Equator, Mexico, Russia, the Greek Isles, Hawaii and more. Shirley passed away Sept. 5, which was the 56th anniversary of her marriage with Charles. Shirley is survived by her husband, Charles; sons, Bill and Charlie; daughters-in-law, Julia and Lynda; grandchildren, Kyle, Keri, Lyndsay, Daniel, Breyna and Bryan; and her brother, Laurie. Services will be held today at 1:30 p.m. at Miller-Mies Mortuary. Friends are invited to a reception today at Del Rio Lanes from 3-5 p.m.

********** Published: September 11, 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 21