Boruch Dayan Hoemes: R’ Yossi Gourarie, 58, OBM

With great sadness and pain we inform you of the untimely passing of R’ Yossi Gourarie OBM, a longtime resident of Postville, Iowa and more recently Crown Heights. He was 58 years old.

After not feeling well earlier this year it was discovered that he was in the advanced stages of a terrible illness and this morning he passed away.

He is survived by his wife Chaya (nee Rubashkin) and their children, Rochel Leah Rubashkin (Crown Heights), Hindi Labkowski (Crown Heights), Moshe Gourarie (Miami, FL), Hirschel Gourarie (State College, PA), Chana, Sara Fayga, Bayla and Yirmiyahu.

He is also survived by his siblings, Esti Fogel (Ottawa, Canada), Michoel Gourarie (Sydney, Australia), Avremi Gourarie (Crown Heights), and Chana Labkowski (San Paulo, Brazil).

The Levaya will take place today, Monday at 2:00pm at Shomrei Hadas and passing by 770 at around 3:00pm.

The family will be sitting Shiva at 1395 President St.

Boruch Dayan Hoemes


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  • Marc Ross

    A truly good and decent man. My sincerest condolences to his whole family.

  • Terri Downing

    Myself and so many people in Postville are deeply saddened by the news of this. He was always nice to everyone and loved by our community. Will be keeping Yossi, his family and friends all in my prayers.

  • Nancy Bechtel

    I am so sad to hear of his passing. He was a delight to talk to when I worked at the Postville Post Office. My sincere sympathy to the entire family.

  • To Yirmiyahu

    This is Avremi Laizer and Shmuelik Maor, we want to tell you we are very sad and sorry of such sad news and we learned 2 more lines of Tanya for your abba’s neshoma and we love you and miss you and your whole family and we will see you very soon and your abba when Moshiach comes NOW we love you

  • Norm Leeman

    So sad to hear of him passing away. I served on the Northeast Iowa YMCA Board of Directors with him and always enjoyed his smile and wonderful sense of humor. Rest in Peace, my friend.

  • David Weber

    Yossi was a resident at yeshiva college hosteljohannesburg a few years ago (about 45) – I recall how he taught us the nigun “Git a ryn n chomelle a yidishe neshomela…” as well as encouraging everyone to make a brocha for lightning and thunder in the good days when it rained every afternoon. BDE

  • Anonymous

    A great man I was proud to call my good friend you are truly missed your good friend from postville Arlin schager

  • Anonymous

    You were a very good friend and are greatly missed you were good for postville rest in peace until we meet again my friend Arlin Schager

  • Kermit Miller

    Always enjoyed his friendly demeanor and smile.
    Our symapathy to his family.

  • Hershel Gruenberg

    Baruch Dayan HaEmes.
    My heart feels your pain.
    Chayala, you and your lovely family should have a long and healthy life.

  • Beverly Bacon

    Yossi and family lived next to me for nine years after I moved to Postville. Their children were always so friendly and polite. I was so sorry to hear of his death, and think of their family often.

  • Beverly Bacon

    My condolences to Yossi’s family. They were next door neighbors to me for nine years after I moved to town. The children were always so friendly and polite. I considered the whole family to be dear friends.

  • Bill Kiernan

    My deepest sympathy on the passing of Yossie. He was a true gentleman and I enjoyed working for and with him.