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By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Esq., Newsletter Editor
Spring 2018 and Revised 24 Jan 2018

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1. Samuel Prensky, b. 1844 in Vilkija, Kauno, Lithuania, and d. 15 May 1903, age 59.

He m. Hannah. She was b. 1850 and d. 14 Apr 1940, at the age of 90. He had two sons with Hannah between 1885 and 1891. Children:

  1. Fanny Prensky, b. c. 1876 in Lithuania, and d. Mar 1974, age 98, and bur. St. Louis, MO. She m. Leon Dewoskin in 1909. They had two children during their marriage. Children:
    1. Irvin Samuel Dewoskin
    2. Sara Doris Dewoskin
  2. Sarah Prensky, b. Dec. 1879 in Russia.
  3. Feyga Eta Prensky, b. c. 1881.
  4. Meyer Leon Prentis, b. 15 Jul 1885, in Kovno, Lithuania, and d. 15 Aug 1970 in Detroit, MI, age 85, per Ancestry.com . and bur. in Birmingham, MI. He m. Anna Sylvia Steinberg. We have conflicting information about her place of birth:

    1. One source says she was b. 27 Mar 1895, Detroit, Wayne Co., MI, and d. 27 Dec 1975, Southfield, MI, age 83.
    2. Another says she was b. in Suwalki, Russian Poland.

    She was the dau . of Jacob Steinbert (1857-1908) and Hannah Deborah (1857-1915). Known children:

    1. Jewell Doris Prentis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2]
    2. Beverly Prentis. It appears she m. Cyril Wagner. 2007 in FL.
    3. Barbara Prentis, b. 5 Jul 1927, Detroit, Wayne Co., MI, and d. 9 Apr 1949, Stuart, Martin Co., FL, age 74. Bur. Birmingham, Oakland Co., MI. She m. Mr. Frankel and had 1 or more children. An Ancestor Chart for him can be found at Ancestry.com .
  5. Rocha Eyda Prensky, b. c. 1887.
  6. Joseph Prensky, b. May 1889, Russia.. He m. Rose.

2. Jewell Doris Prentis., b. 8 Sep 1919, Detroit, Wayne Co., MI, and d. 13 Jul 2007, Palm Beach, Palm Co., FL. cancer. Bur. Birmingham, MI. Her obituary reads as follows:

    Detroit Jewish News (MI) - Thursday, July 19, 2007:Jewell Prentis Morris: 'A Shining Star'

    The only way the family of Jewell Prentis Morris knew she was ill was when she began to slow down last March. Until then, she went out to lunch every day, stayed up late at night, loved to dance and even visited Florida's Walt Disney World late last year - leaving friends who accompanied her exhausted.

    Mrs. Morris, 87, the wife of one Jewish businessman- philanthropist and the daughter of another, died of cancer on July 13, 2007, in Palm Beach, Fla., where she maintained a home in addition to a Bloomfield Hills residence. Her husband was the late Lester J. Morris, owner of the longtime Morris Buick dealership in Detroit, who died in 2000; and her father was the late Meyer Prentis, an immigrant from Lithuania who served as treasurer of General Motors for 32 years and died in 1970.

    "My mother was always full of energy and enthusiastic about everyone and everything," said her daughter, Patrice Phillips of West Bloomfield. "She took tap dancing lessons in her 70s, played golf at the Franklin Hills Country Club in her early 80s and volunteered for many charities.

    "I used to go with her door-to-door collecting money for the Torch Drive. She worked at the Leader Dogs for the Blind. She was chairperson of the first-ever Angel Ball for the National Council of Jewish Women, belonged to Hadassah and ORT and was on the groundbreaking committee for the current Temple Beth El building."

    Her funeral was held on July 16 at the Bloomfield Township temple.

    "Jewell always wanted to know what the next activity was going to be," said niece Patricia Lefkowitz of New York City. "When she took tap dancing, Lester had to enamel the piano because she surprised all of us by tap dancing on it. She was generous and elegant and had a lot of common sense."

    Reva Jacob of Bloomfield Hills, Mrs. Morris' friend since their childhoods in Detroit's Palmer Woods neighborhood, called her a "shining star who was always upbeat with a fantastic personality, who loved to entertain and just have a good time." Mrs. Jacob and her husband were boaters with the Morrises, and they often visited and partied in the Florida Keys.

    The Morris and Prentis families have supported many Jewish causes, including the Oak Park Jewish Community Center building, named in memory of the Morrises' late son, Jimmy Prentis Morris, who was killed in an auto accident at the age of 13; the Michigan State University Hillel Foundation building, named for Lester Morris; the former Meyer Prentis assisted living home in Southfield; the Anna and Meyer Prentis Jewish Apartments in Oak Park; the Meyer L. Prentis Comprehensive Cancer Center in

    Detroit; and the Meyer and Anna Prentis Building at the Wayne State University School of Business Administration in Detroit.

    Mrs. Morris is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Patrice and Dr. Eric Phillips of West Bloomfield; son and daughter-in-law, Robert Morris and JoAnn Ross of Colorado; granddaughters, Jennifer and Rachel Phillips; sister, Beverly Wagner of Florida; sister-in-law, Beatice Smith; brother-in-law, Marvin Frenkel; loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; JoAnn's children, Erika and Keith Norman and their daughters, Phoebe and Ella Norman.

    She was the beloved wife of the late Lester J. Morris, the cherished mother of the late Jimmy Prentis Morris, the devoted daughter of the late Meyer and Anna Prentis, the loving sister of the late Helen Vera Lande, the late Barbara Frenkel, the dear sister- in-law of the late Alexander Smith, the late Cyril Wagner, the late Melva Kent, the late Sy Morris and the late Lawrence Lande.

    Interment was at Clover Hill Park Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the MSU Hillel Foundation, Lester J. Morris Fund, 360 Charles St., East Lansing 48823; Temple Beth El, Lester and Jewell Morris Fund, 7400 Telegraph, Bloomfield Hills 48301; or Oak Park JCC, the Jimmy Prentis Morris Fund, 15100 North 10 Mile, Oak Park 48237. Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel. n

She m. Lester Joseph Morris, b. 8 Jul 1915, Passaic, Morris Co., NJ, and d. 20 Oct 2000 in Bloomfield Hills, MI. He was the son of Moses Morris and Hattie M. Morris. They had a dau. who m. and had 2 daughters. Children:

  1. Jimmy Prentis Morris. He was killed in an auto accident at the age of 13
  2. Patrice Morris. She m. Dr. Eric Phillips. 2007 in West Bloomfield.
  3. Robert Morris. He m. JoAnn Ross. 2007 in CO.

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