By COLlive reporter
Mrs. Guta Schapiro, a matriarch of a large Chabad family who lived through the many hardships of the Soviet Union, passed away on Friday, Beis Nisan, the 100th yartzeit of the Rebbe Rashab.
She was 99.
Mrs. Schapiro was born in the small-town Simyonvke in Russia. Her father was the famed chossid R’ Peretz Mochkin.
While living the oppressive Communist regime, she toiled in helping her father and husband support yeshivas and would carry the food from miles away to bring it to the only Sukkah in St. Petersburg.
She got married Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Schapiro in Leningrad shortly before the German blockade in 1941. They then escaped to Tashkent and left Russia with the family in 1946. She carried the warmth and mesiras nefesh of the Chabad chassidim in Russia all her life and shared it with everyone who knew her.
After the war, she and her husband lived in France for a few years, until the Rebbe told them to move to the US.
They came to America in 1953 and raised a beautiful family in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1963, the family moved to Crown Heights.
Today, many of her children and grandchildren are Shluchim of the Rebbe all over the world.
She had rich memories to share of life in Russia. She will be remembered for her great memory and wit, devoted mother and beloved grandmother.
She is survived by her children Mrs. Raizel Schreiber – Bal Harbour, Florida; Mrs. Chiena Lazaroff – Houston, Texas; Rabbi Nachman Schapiro – Crown Heights; Mrs. Fradel Mishulovin – Crown Heights; Mrs. Shterna Sara Krinsky – Crown Heights; Mrs. Hindy Gurwitz – Crown Heights; Rabbi Nochum Schapiro – Sydney, Australia; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her brother Rabbi Berel Mochkin – Montreal, Canada.
Baruch dayan haemes.