By COLlive reporter
Mrs. Goldie Kastel, a Shlucha of the Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe who dedicated her life to education, passed away on Shabbos afternoon, Kislev 20, 5771.
She was 92. Sunday, Kislev 21, was going to be her 93rd birthday.
A daughter of Rabbi Dovid Patashnick, a Chossid and shochet in Baltimore, Maryland, she returned to her hometown in recent years and was known as the ‘Bubbe’ of the Lubavitch community there.
After her marriage to Rabbi Yehoshua Tanchum Kastel, they moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where he worked as a teacher in Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik‘s Maimonides school, with whom he has a close relationship.
When the Lubavitch Yeshiva of Boston closed due to financial difficulty, the 6th Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneershon gave them his blessings to reopen the school, which at its prime had over 300 Jewish pupils.
They instilled in their students the love for Torah and Mitzvos – many of them are now Shluchim. Notwithstanding the many hardships those days offered, they ran school for 25 years and never turned away a student whose parents could not pay tuition. (The school is now headed by Rabbi Chaim Ciment).
When she turned 90, Mrs. Kastel credited her longevity to two things: her 120 grand and great-grandchildren and the fact “that we always made sure the teachers were paid on time – even if it meant that we were not,” she said referring to the school in Boston.
The Kastel family later moved to Philadelphia where Rabbi Kastel taught in the Lubavitch-run Beth Jacob school, and Mrs. Kastel worked in the Lubavitcher Center of Rabbi Avraham Shemtov. In 1990 they moved to Baltimore, where her husband passed away in 1991.
She is survived by her children Rabbi Kasriel Kastel, director of activities at Lubavitch Youth Organization in Crown Heights; Mrs. Belkie Bloomberg of Baltimore; Mrs. Rivky Geisinsky of Crown Heights; Mrs. Tzippy Lisbon of Baltimore; and Rabbi Mordechai Kastel, a Shliach in Rechovot, Israel; grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Levaya and Shiva info
The funeral will be held Sunday, November 28, 12 noon, at Shomrei Hadas chapel in Boro Park and passing by Lubavitch Headquarters 770 at 1:30pm on its way to the Old Montefiore cemetery in Queens.
The family will be sitting Shiva in Baltimore at the Lisbon home – 3803 Menlo Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215.
They can be reached by phone 410-542-0942 or email [email protected]
Rabbi Kasriel Kastel and Mrs. Rivki Geisinsky will be sitting in NY at the Geisinsky home, 514 crown St. Thursday evening from 7 PM and Friday.
Baruch Dayan Haemes.