Frank Harold Kirstein, 61, a salesman at the W&J Sloane furniture store in Bethesda and a former furniture store owner here and in Wheaton, died of cancer Wednesday at the Washington Hospital Center.

Born and reared in Washington, Mr. Kirstein attended Roosevelt High School and George Washington University.

He worked in his father's new and used furniture store in Washington from 1938 until 1968, when the store went out of business. He operated the Table and Chair furniture store in Wheaton from 1956 until 1971, when the business was closed after a fire. Since then, he had worked for W&J Sloane.

Mr. Kirstein, who lived in Silver Spring was a founding member of Shaare Tefilla Congregation there. He was a member of the Samuel Gompers Masonic Lodge, the Brandeis Club and the Lions Club and was active in the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce.

He served in the Army in Europe during World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Gladys, of Silver Spring; two daughters, Susan Siegel of Gaithersburg and Linda Gordon of Potomac; a brother, Dr. Stanley Kirstein of Bethesda, and four grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Leukemia Society of America, or to the American Cancer Society.