Mrs. Chaya Yutta Hecht, a beloved kindergarten teacher who impacted hundreds of children for close to 50 years, passed away on Friday, 30 Tishrei, 5778.
She was 86.
Born in Brooklyn, NY to her parents Chanoch Henech Hakohen and Esther Miriam Rosenfeld, Chaya was raised in a household with strong values of Chasidishkeit, love for the Rebbe and emunah in Hashem.
She married Rabbi Peretz Hecht OBM, and they lived in Crown Heights. She was a teacher in Oholei Torah kindergarten for close to 50 years.
Mrs. Hecht had a very special relationship with the children she taught, many of whom kept in touch with “Morah Chaya” even as adults.
She was a very friendly and positive person, loved by all who met her.
No job was too big or too small for her, she was always busy doing and caring for others.
She merited many Yechidus meetings with the Frierdiker Rebbe and the Rebbe, with the Frierdiker Rebbe telling her father she is a “Bar Daas,” – “someone with a good understanding of issues.”
Mrs. Hecht once received a hora’ah from the Rebbe regarding Davening, and she would spend many hours saying Tehillim every day.
She regarded Rosh Chodesh as a special day, keeping all the minhagim and maintaining the holiness of day, taking care not to do work tasks on the day.
She kept Fridays as special days as well, and would make a great emphasis to mention all the Rebbeim every Motzei Shabbos.
She is survived by her children Rivkah Piekarski – Crown Heights, Rochelle Kaplan – Baltimore, MD, Shea Hecht – Melbourne, Australia, Devorah Halberstam – Crown Heights, Shterna Wineberg – Johannesburg, Faigy Carlebach – Crown Heights, Brochie Karp – Crown Heights and Yisroel Hecht – Crown Heights, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is also survived by her siblings, Rabbi Avrohom Rosenfeld – Boro Park, Rabbi Yossel Rosenfeld – Crown Heights, and Baila Lerner – Boro Park.
The levaya will take place today, leaving Shomrei Hadas in Boro Park at 1:00 pm and passing by 770 at 1:45 pm.
Shiva will take place at 580 Crown st. Apt. 707, Brooklyn.
Baruch Dayan Ha’emes.