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Richard C. Prentice of Trumbull, CT

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Richard C. Prentice of Trumbull, CT
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Spring 2006 and Revised 21 Jun 2011

Update of 21 Jun 2011: Richard C. Prentice is #3iv in our Fall 2003 article entitled George Prentice of Coggeshall, Essex, England. His birth name was Richard Grobstein, later changed to Prentice, his mother's maiden surname, after her divorce from a man named Grobstein. That article now replaces this article.
The following information is based on the obituary of Cynthia Swift Prentice:

1. Richard C. Prentice may have been b. 1925 to 1930 at an unidenfitied location. He may be the Richard Prentice shown in the SSDI as b. 1 Jun 1928, obtained his SS# in CT, and d. Apr 1982, Trumbull, Fairfield Co., CT. He does not appear in the 1930 census.

He m. Cynthia Swift in 1951. She was b. c. 1929 in Tenafly, NJ and d. 1 Feb 2006 at Yale New Haven Hospital, Trumbull, CT. Her obituary reads as follows:

    TRUMBULL, Conn. - '' Cynthia Swift Prentice died on Feb. 1, 2006 at Yale New Haven Hospital after a short illness. She was the wife of Milton Beisiegel and the late Richard C. Prentice.

    Mrs. Prentice was born in Tenafly, N.J., and began playing the violin at age 7. At 13, she studied at the preparatory school of Julliard School of Music in New York City. A year later, she and her family moved to Brewster. She was a 1946 graduate of Orleans High School and in 1950, graduated from The New England Conservatory in Boston with a bachelor's degree in music.

    She married Richard C. Prentice in 1951, settling in Milford then Trumbull, where she lived until her death. Besides raising her children, she had an extensive and notorious career playing viola as a member of many different symphonies from Florida to Europe. She played in the Connecticut String Quartet, the Greenwich Philharmonic, the Bridgeport Orchestra, and the New Haven Symphony. In addition, she taught violin, viola and piano for 50 years at the Sacred Heart University., the University of Bridgeport, the Weston School of Music, and privately at her home.

    Besides her husband (Milton Beisiegel), survivors include two sons, Edward G. Prentice of Northboro, Mass., and Thomas Clarke Prentice of Westford, Mass.; a daughter, Susan Prentice Turner of Sacramento, Calif.; a sister, Susan Swift Doherty of Baltimore, Md.; and seven grandchildren.

Children of Richard and Cynthia are:

  1. Edward G. Prentice of Northboro, MA.
  2. Thomas Clarke Prentice of Westford, MA.
  3. Susan Prentice Turner of Sacramento, CA.

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