Jerold Y. Prager
Jerold Yale Prager, 80, of Dallas, passed away surrounded by loved ones June 14, 2023, after a difficult battle with Alzheimer’s Dementia.
Jerold was born July 11, 1942, to Robert and Ruth (Sadowsky) Prager in Big Spring, Texas. After graduating from Wichita Falls High School, he studied accounting at The University of Texas at Austin where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity.
While in Austin, Jerold met Patricia Rae Argo in 1961. Three years later, they were wed.
In 1966, Jerold and Patti purchased their first and only home, when they moved to Dallas, with the first of four sons, Howard Issac Prager. Howard was followed by Richard Craig, Samuel Jay and Edward Michael, who all grew up in the same house, which they recently sold in 2021.
Jerold’s career started off in accounting, until he found his true passion – youth baseball!
After years of coaching baseball, Jerold took over as director of operations for North Dallas Chamber Baseball in 1985. As director, Jerold recreated and rejuvenated the youth baseball community in Dallas. If one league wasn’t enough, he also became the president of the Dallas Amateur Baseball Associations (DABA) in 1992. In his time as president of the DABA, Jerold grew Dallas amateur baseball to a new level. His leadership allowed players to continue their passion for baseball after high school.
Anyone who knew Jerold knew that he was the most loving husband, father and grandfather a family could ask for. Jerold was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Ruth. He is survived by wife Patti; his sons Howard, Richard, Sam, Michael; his daughters-in-law Cori, Sandy, Annette, Shannon; and his brother, David. He lives on in his grandchildren Alexis, Jacob, Ryan, Avery, Robert, Samantha, Hunter, Hannah and Emily.
Donations may be directed to the Baylor AT&T Memory Center.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to all those who have helped make Jerold comfortable through the end of his life. Including, but not limited to, Dr. Claudia Padilla at Baylor Scott & White, Karen Jennings at Baylor AT&T Memory Care Center and The Dallas Chapter of The Alzheimer’s Association, Paul Markowitz at Senior Living Specialists, Olivia Griffith at Medical City McKinney Behavioral Health, Michael Knight at Arden Courts, Bryan Levy at Cambridge Caregivers, Samantha Hankerd, and the entire team at The T. Boone Pickens Center at Faith Presbyterian Hospice Center.
Chana Freedman Robinowitz, born Jan. 3, 1934, passed away Saturday, June 17, 2023. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.
Born in British Mandate Palestine on a farm in a small town called Petah Tikvah, she spent her childhood witnessing a battle for independence from the British Empire. She grew up among orange groves and swam competitively, even earning an opportunity at the Olympic trial level. After serving in the Israeli army and working as a teacher in Israel, Chana came to the United States in the fall of 1960 to visit relatives. It was in Houston in 1960 that she met the love of her life, Ralph Robinowitz on a blind date. With her tourist visa set to expire, they married just six weeks after their first date. Chana and Ralph lived in Waco and later Dallas, where together they raised their children, built their home of 60 years and enjoyed the company of their grandchildren and many friends.
Chana taught Hebrew school at Congregation Shearith Israel for over 40 years, taught elementary school Hebrew at the Solomon Schechter Academy, tutored countless people in Hebrew and even served as an official Hebrew translator. Later in life, Chana returned to school to earn a master’s degree in social work. She was a lifetime learner with boundless curiosity who loved taking classes, traveling the world, learning new skills and volunteering. She was devoted to her husband Ralph of over 62 years, helping to care for him throughout his battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). She even wrote a cookbook, donating proceeds to organizations that supported her and Ralph in their fight against PSP.
Chana was predeceased in death by her son, Howard Robinowitz; parents, Hershel Zvi and Sara Bash Freedman; and sister and brother-in-law Mona and Stanley Rubenstein.
She is survived by her husband, Ralph; their children Don (Nikki) Robinowitz, Jill (David) Clay and Kevin (Debbie) Robinowitz; grandchildren Carli and John Clay, Anna and Jake Robinowitz, Beau and Mila Robinowitz and Tyler Tran; her brother, Avi (Shuli) Freedman; and numerous nieces and nephews and whom she adored.
A funeral service was held Monday, June 19, in the Beck Sanctuary at Congregation Shearith Israel. Rabbi Adam Roffman, Rabbi Ari Sunshine and Cantor Itzahk Zhrebker officiated. A private graveside service followed at Shearith Israel Memorial Park.
The family thanks Delia Corpuz as well as all those involved in her care and her medical team. Donations may be made to CurePSP, the Parkinson’s Voice Project or the charity of your choice.