Mrs. Rivkah Farkas, a Holocaust survivor and longtime resident of Crown Heights, passed away on Tuesday, 20 Tishrei, 5778.
She was 93.
Mrs. Farkas, and her husband Mayer Farkas, were beloved figures in the Crown Heights community for many years, as owners of the Singer’s – M and M Appetizers grocery store on Kingston Avenue between Montgomery and Crown Streets for 40 years.
Mrs. Farkas was a survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp, who, along with her sister, helped her mother escape, and together they immigrated to the United States.
A longtime resident on Montgomery Street in Crown Heights, she and her husband remained in the neighborhood even while Jews of all types were fleeing in the 1960s, because the Rebbe instructed to stay.
As proprietors of a grocery store on the neighborhood’s main avenue, she and her husband would care for the children who waited for the school bus in the store, buttoning up their coats in the cold and not allowing them to purchase candy that did not bear a hechsher of which their parents approved.
When the children would ask Mrs. Farkas about the numbers on her arm, she would tell them it was her phone number, because she didn’t want to upset them with the truth, she often told.
She was known as a very kind and generous person, and did many acts of Chesed in the store.
Her husband Mayer passed away 24 years ago.
The levaya will take place today, Tuesday, at Shomrei Hadas Chapels in Boro Park at 1 pm.
Shiva will be until Thursday morning at 1363 east 27th St., Brooklyn.
Baruch Dayan Ha’emess.