By COLlive reporter
Mrs. Risha Piekarski, matriarch of a large Lubavitch family, passed away on Shabbos, 4 Cheshvan, 5777.
She was 98.
Mrs. Piekarski was born to R’ Avrohom and Sheina Rochel Bunim in the famous Russian shtetle of Klimovitch. As a child, she was ridiculed for being Jewish. She lived with Mesiras Nefesh for yiddishkeit under the threat of communism for 30 years.
She was one of many Risha’s named after her great grandmother Risha who divorced her husband (!) because of his opposition to Chassidus.
The original Risha remarried and raised the children from each of their first marriages, plus two sets of twins from her second marriage. This was in addition to managing their general store so her husband could sit and learn. The Rishas named after her were known as “Rishaniks” for their strong personalities.
After emigrating to New York, she was a longtime and beloved resident of Crown Heights, known for her personality, wit and spunk.
She spent the last years of her life in Tzfas.
She was predeceased by husband R’ Yechiel Michel Piekarski, a schochet who used to get up very early for work and would often meet the Rebbe who was leaving 770 to go back to his house.
She is survived by her children: Alexander Ziskind – CH, Ephraim – CH, Avrohom Abba – CH, Yosef Yitzchok – Tel Aviv, Rochel Rubin – Albany, NY, Sara Marzel -Tzfas, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
The Levaya is today, Sunday in Eretz Yisroel.
R’ Alexander Ziskind (Zissel) will be sitting Shiva at his house 513 Crown Street. Davening times Shachris 9:30, Mincha 4:30 Maariv Bizmaano. Please no visitors between 12-2pm).
The rest of the family will be sitting Shiva in Israel.
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Baruch Dayan Ha’emes