Dr. Norman Starosta

Dr. Norman M. Starosta, who had a dental practice in Falmouth for 40 of the 64 years he lived here, died February 8 at his home in Falmouth. He was 90.

He was the husband of Jayne A. (Farquhar) Starosta, who died in 2015. They were married in 1953 at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Southbridge.

A native of Webster, he completed Bartlett High School in his hometown and went on to graduate cum laude from Tufts School of Dental Medicine in 1953.

Dr. Starosta entered the Navy and, after serving a 12-month dental internship at Chelsea Naval Hospital and then getting married, was sent as a dental officer to the US naval station at Argentia, Newfoundland, where he served for 18 months, accompanied by his wife. He would retain his naval commission in the inactive Reserve as a lieutenant commander.

As newlyweds, the Starostas had spent their honeymoon on Cape Cod and became enamored with Falmouth and, following his military service in Newfoundland, in 1956 they moved here with their toddler and infant to begin Dr. Starosta's private dental practice.

He opened his first office at 163 Shore Street in the former office of the late Dr. Harold W. Mayo; he would remain there for three years until moving to Scranton Avenue across from the former A&P grocery store. Many Upper Cape residents became his patients during his years at this location and then moved with his practice to a new brick office at 337 Gifford Street when it was completed in 1967. George H. Ferreira was the builder. He would remain at this office, the dentist to several generations of families, until his retirement.

Dr. Starosta was a life fellow at the International College of Dentists, in which he was inducted in 1969, and at the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He also was a life member of the American Dental Association and served as chairman/secretary of the Cape Cod Dental Society. 

In addition to taking care of his patients, he spent from 1960 to 1969 as an adjunct instructor of operative dentistry at Tufts, his alma mater.

Dr. Starosta became a Falmouth Town Meeting member in 1964 and had served on the Falmouth Finance Committee and Falmouth School Building Needs Committee. He was a corporator and trustee of Plymouth Savings Bank and served as audit committee chairman; he was an honorary trustee when it became Eastern Bank.

An accomplished golfer, for 61 years he was a member of Woods Hole Golf Club, where he served on the board of governors for eight years and was club president from 1979 to 1981. His first hole-in-one on the course was at the sixth hole on August 20, 1961. The Falmouth Enterprise reported that he “fired his second hole-in-one on the Woods Hole course” Sunday, June 3, 1962, “mightily impressing his brother. Martin S. Starosta Jr. is golf coach at Bartlett High School in Webster, where he is a teacher.” The account said that his ball “hopped into the cup on the second bounce.”

Dr. Starosta was also a member of the Moorings Yacht and Country Club in Vero Beach, Florida, where he and his wife had a home for 23 years.

He leaves five children, Stephen Starosta, Jan Fitzpatrick and her husband, John Fitzpatrick, John Starosta and his wife, Lydia Starosta, Peter Starosta and his wife, Cynthia Starosta, and Beth Starosta Fox; 12 grandchildren, Hillary Fitzpatrick Peterson, Jake Fitzpatrick, Joseph Fitzpatrick, Hannah Fitzpatrick Hines, Annabelle Starosta, Nicholas Starosta, Claire Starosta, Henry Starosta, Theodore Starosta, Jack Fox, Oliver Fox and Charles Fox; and a great-grandchild, Lucia Fitzpatrick.

Visiting hours will be Thursday, February 13, from 4 to 7 PM at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 584 West Falmouth Highway.

A funeral Mass will be said Friday, February 14, at 10 AM at St. Patrick’s Church, 511 Main Street in Falmouth.

Burial will be private.

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