Gila and Moshe David Marciano
Gila and Moshe David Marciano Courtesy of the family

Kibbutz Rosh Tzurim in the Gush Etzion region of Judea is in mourning on Tuesday night, over the death of the couple Gila (Rosenblot) and Moshe David Marciano who were killed in a lethal crash at the entrance to Elazar earlier in the day.

"Gila and Moshe who were married a number of years ago opened their home to the entire community and added a special spirit of kindness and holiness to all residents," read a statement from the community.

The funeral of the two will take place on Wednesday at 1 p.m., leaving from the kibbutz's dining hall to the Kfar Etzion cemetery.

Gila arrived in Rosh Tzurim back in 1982 as part of her national service, after studying dairy farming at an agricultural school in Pardes Hanah. She was one of the most veteran residents of the kibbutz, according to the town's statement.

She worked in the dairy farm on the kibbutz and quickly became the manager, leading the farm to great success and even international accolades. Gila played a central role in helping women in the town celebrate events such as weddings, arranging their make-up and accompanying them.

Moshe David arrived on the kibbutz after marrying Gila, and took part in the work in the town. He was a great Torah student, and arranged charity activities for the entire community.

"The Rosh Tzurim community mourns their sudden death and embraces her (Gila's) son Ilon and his wife Sharon, Shani and her husband Shalom Nachman, and her daughter Or, as well as the children of Moshe David; Yosef, Dolev, Hodaya, Atara, Shalom Moshe Meir and Yonatan, and all of their families."

Davidi Perl, head of the Gush Etzion regional council, eulogized the couple as well.

"The Gush Etzion community has taken a critical blow today. Gila and Moshe Marciano, residents of the community Rosh Tzurim, were killed in a serious traffic accident at Elazar Junction, a junction that is so dangerous that the delayed resolution (of it) has again claimed victims."

"We embrace the family and the Rosh Tzurim community, and on this difficult day I again call on the transportation minister to act personally and immediately to prevent the next tragedy," said Perl.