Ortenberg, Stupak, Pekelis, & Esterson
Trees & Kinship
The Ortenberg Family Roots
(Much of the initial early Ortenberg and Stupak family history emanates from the Mitchell Michael Ortenberg (1917- 1998)'s research).
Fivish Ortenberg (abt 1786- abt 1870) our earliest known Ortenberg ancestor and his sister Tsaitel were, we believe, born in Ruzhin, a Ukrainian town about 120 km south and slightly west of Kiyev (Kiev) where most of our Ortenbergs of Ukrainian origins were born. Fivish’s son Schachne was born sometime after 1820 and lived till about 1918.
Schachne Ortenberg married Baila Raizel and after her death married Anna Etta (Chaya) Buchkovsky. A second marriage for both.
Schachne and Baila Raizel’s Ortenberg’s children born in Ruzhin around the 1840-60 were Michael Ortenberg (my maternal 2nd great-grandfather), Tsirel Ortenberg and Aron Ortenberg. (Shachne's and Anna Etta's children and descendants are expanded upon the "The Berger's" below).
Son, Michael Ortenberg married Chana Stupak my maternal 2nd great grandmother and their descendant history is expanded in “Chana Stupak’s and Michael Ortenberg’s Descendant’s” below.
Daughter, Tsirel Ortenberg and her husband Pesach Olin and their child Yosel, migrated to Winnipeg Canada. Yosel married Rachel Naruzny and had eleven children (of which one twin daughter died as a child). Tsirel's many descendants are scattered wide and live amongst other locations in Winnipeg, Chicago, Ottawa, Minneapolis, Toronto, Israel and Washington D.C.
Son, Aron Ortenberg was murdered in a pogrom Odessa where and his wife Goldie Cohen Ortenberg also died but their children Ben Zion (Benjamin), Ben- Zion and Michael immigrated via Montreal and Avrum directly to New York via Constantinople.
The Stupak family Roots
Moishe Leib Stupak my 3rd great grandfather (b. Abt 1797 in Soloviyevka Ukraine) had five children Chana, David, Ettie Pinnie, Esther and Mendel.
Chana Stupak married Michael Ortenberg. (“Chana Stupak’s and Michael Ortenberg’s Descendant’s” below)
Moishe Stupak's son David, presumably for military reasons adopted the Ortenberg family name and moved to Suceava (part of the Austrian Empire from 1774 until November 1918 and Romania today) and migrated to Quebec City in 1892.
Ettie Pinnie Stupak Gitnick had four children some of whom migrated to North America.
Esther Stupak married Velvel Gazinski and had six children and most of their descendants immigrated to Quebec City and Montreal.
Chana Stupak’s & Michael Ortenberg's descendants
Chana Stupak (b. circa 1841 in Soloviyevka) and Michael Ortenberg (b. circa 1847 in Ruzhin) were married in Ruzhin and lived in Ruzhin, Soloviyevka, and Brusilov. They had six children including Sura, Rachel, Fivish, Isaac Meir and Nathan. Michael Ortenberg died in Soloviyevka in about 1899 and Chana Stupak Ortenberg circa 1920 she migrated to Quebec City, Canada to join her sons Isaac (immigrated 1905) and Nathan (Nissin (immigrated 1907) and her brother David (Stupak) Ortenberg and his children. Chana died in Quebec City on January 18, 1926.
In about 1920, Sura Ortenberg Pekelis, my maternal great grandmother, by now a widow migrated to Quebec. I am uncertain if she immigrated with her mother Chana Stupak Ortenberg or before or after her.
Three of Michael and Chana Ortenberg's children including Fivish (b. Abt 1868) stayed in the Ukraine. Fivish married Chaya Sura Alpert of Radomyshl and had ten children many of whom immigrated to North America and one to Mexico. Fivish's son Aron Ortenberg (b. abt 1909) stayed in Kiev, maintained relations with his North American family and moved to Jerusalem Israel in 1992.
Sura Ortenberg & Moishe Leib Pekelis
Sura Ortenberg, (Michael Ortenberg and Chana Shtupak's eldest child) married Moishe Leib Pekelis (abt 1863-1913) who died in the Ukraine about seven years before Sura migrated to Quebec City. Four of their six children, Pearl Pekelis Ilovitch, Shloime, Srulik and Raizel Pekelis Esterson also immigrated to Canada. Of the two children of Sura and Moishe Leib Pekelis's who remained in the Ukraine Aron disappeared in World War One and Velvel perished in the Urals in 1943. Most of Velvel's grandchildren and great-grandchildren immigrated to Israel in the 1990 wave of Soviet immigration to Israel.
Raizel Pekelis and Motl Mordechai Esterson's families
Raizel, (Sura Ortenberg's and Moishe Leib Pekelis's oldest) was born in Ruzhin in about 1897 and married Motl Mortche Esterson of Kobryn, Belarus. Motl died suddenly at about 27 as he, a pregnant Raizel, and their two young daughters Esther & Fanny were waiting to immigrate to America. In 1925 Raizel and her three children, (my mother Esther and her sisters Fanny and Mary) all under five year years of age, traveled to Canada on the " S.S. Regina" arrived at the port of Quebec, where much of the family was, on November 25,1925 and soon thereafter moved to Montreal. More about the Esterson roots is found at
There are further details in the alphabetically sorted reports and the "on line" family tree accessible through the link.