Fanya Gonski, 88, of Whippany died April 28, 2016. Born in Janow, Poland, she survived the Holocaust with her mother and sister. After fleeing a burning ghetto in Janow, the three women joined a partisan fighter encampment in a forest in Belarus. In 1946, she made her way to a displaced persons camp in Germany, and after immigrating to the United States moved to Passaic; she also had lived in Marlboro.
Mrs. Gonski and her husband Max owned and operated children’s-wear and ladies’ clothing shops for almost 40 years in Passaic.
She enjoyed activities with the Yiddish Club, the Holocaust Council of Greater MetroWest, and Café Europa.
Predeceased by her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Hannah (Bruce) Goldman of Denville and Sandy (Ronnie) Rosen of Ocean Township; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Services were held May 1 with arrangements by Jewish Memorial Chapel, Clifton. Memorial contributions may be made to Holocaust Survivors Assistance Program, c/o Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ, Florham Park.