By COLlive reporter
Devorah Nechama Neuwirth, a loving mother and caring Lubavitch community member in Montreal, passed away Tuesday, Tishrei 25, 5770.
She was 41 and suffered from a tragic lengthy illness.
News of her passing shocked many as she took an active role in communal affairs in her own subtle way.
“She was full of joy, excitement and was very good hearted,” one friend told COLlive.com.
Born in Crown Heights and educated in Boro Park, her maiden name was Bloch.
Together with her husband Zevi Neuwirth, she looked to enhance the education level of the Jewish schools in Montreal.
“She was there to do what’s best for her children,” a neighbor said.
When Zevi was involved in establishing Hatzalah emergency service in the city, Devorie was an enthused supporter and hosted the inaugural meeting in their home.
“She liked to do chesed quietly,” says Sima Paris, founder of the local Friendship Circle and co-director of Free Hebrew Schools For Juniors.
“More than once she came over with money and asked that I give it to a family in need. She also volunteered for Meals on Wheels, bringing food to elderly people,” Paris told COLlive.
Living next door to Maison Shalom, a home on Carlton Avenue serving disabled Jewish adults, she would invite the residents to eat with her family on Shabbos.
Upon hearing about her illness, Torah classes and charity were given in her merit in Lubavitch communities around the world. Tehillim was frequently said for her recovery.
She is survived by her mother, brother, husband Zevi and children: Mordechai, Chavah, Yehuda and Avraham.
The funeral will leave from Anshei Lubavitch on Trans Island Wednesday 8:30am and arrive at the Montefiore cemetery in Queens at 4pm.
Baruch Dayan HaEmes.
Mr. Zevi Neuwirth and his children will be sitting shiva at 4985 Carlton Ave. Montreal.
Shacharis 9 am
Mincha & Maariv – B’zmano
Rebbetzin Yehudis (Edith) Bloch and her son Yankee Bloch, mother and brother of Devorie Nuewirth A’H, will be sitting Shiva at 810 Montgomery Street.
Maariv: 6:45 (bizmanah)