Irene Rosenschein’s younger sister, Esther Konigsberg (Esther bat Yisroel v’Bluma Hendel) from the Bronx, New York, passed away February 1, 2012. Esther suffered a massive stroke a couple of weeks ago, from which she never recovered. She was 87 years old. The funeral was this afternoon in Queens. Esther is survived by her three loving sisters,Valerie, Haichu and Irene, her son, three daughters and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. A family who are deeply connected and very strong in their Yiddishkeit.
Irene and her sisters were always known as the vier shwester, the four sisters, who all survived the Holocaust and remained together throughout the nightmare in the ghetto, three concentration camps, including Auschwitz, and a Displaced Persons’ camp; they were never separated during these unspeakable horrors. Until last night, all four sisters were still alive, and our hearts go out to Irene and the rest of the family on this very sad loss.
Irene will be sitting shiva from Sunday until Wednesday morning and the family have requested shiva calls only from 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
There will be three shiva minyanim for ma’ariv on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evenings at 6:00 pm at Irene’s home.
Irene keeps a strictly Kosher home and has indicated to me that she is fine and does not want meals provided at this time, but people are encouraged to bring simple food like fruit and Kosher cake for the shiva home. Irene has specifically asked for nothing beyond this, but thanks everybody in advance for their love and support.
Shalom al nishmat Esther bat Yisroel v’Bluma Hendel – Peace on Esther’s soul. Hamakom y’nachem – May God grant comfort and strength to Irene along with all the other mourners of Israel.