The Bronshtyns arrived in the United States from the former Soviet Union in 1992, moving to the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y. They passed away in March after both of them contracted COVID-19.

Mary quickly became a sought-after babysitter in the Chassidic community, where her services were put to good use by the growing young families of the neighborhood.

Siman, a beloved fixture in the community, earned the moniker the “Mayor of Kingston Avenue,” the main thoroughfare of Crown Heights.

They were simple people, adored by their adopted community. “Sweetest couple in Crown Heights,” one community member wrote. “They used to babysit my kids years ago, the nicest people around,” wrote another.

They are survived by their two children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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