Minnie Sarah (Perlstein) Press, 99, of South Windsor, Conn., and formerly of Leominster, Mass., wife of the late David Press, died Monday, July 22, 2013 at home, surrounded by her loving family.  Born in Manhattan, N.Y., the daughter of the late Hyman and Ida (Nawitsky) Perlstein, she grew up in Shirley, Mass. before settling in Leominster. She was educated in the local schools and received her Bachelor’s of education from Fitchburg State College, class of 1937.  She was a teacher in rural Vermont schools before returning to Massachusetts to help in the family business.  Minnie retired as vice-president of Phoenix Spring Beverage Co. after 40 years of service.  Minnie was a member of Congregation Agudas Achim in Leominster.  She was an avid reader, bridge player, and was known for her cooking and her beautiful embroidery.  She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Rabbi Marshal and Laurie Press, with whom she made her home; her grandchildren, Daniel and Stephanie Press, Naomi and Lionel Amaya, Amy and Allen Tombank, Sherri Hauer and her husband Lowell Bernstein and Glenn and Rebecca Hauer. She was also a great-grandmother of 12.  She also leaves her brother-in-law, Milton Heffron, and many nieces and nephews.  Her family would like to extend a very special “thank you” to her caregiver, Amma Abrafi, for her loving care of Min.  Funeral services were held on July 23, 2013. Burial was at Agudas Achim Cemetery, Fitchburg, Mass..  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom, Bloomfield, Conn. or to Agudas Achim, Leominster, Mass.  For online condolences and guest book, please visit

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