Sue Anne Grossman, 91, ran children's wear

May 29, 2002

Sue Anne Grossman, 91, ran children's wear store

Sue Anne Grossman, a Women's Army Corps veteran and retired owner of a children's wear store, died in her sleep Sunday at a nursing home in Delray, Fla. She was 91.

Miss Grossman was born and raised in Baltimore, and later lived in Oxon Hill. After her 1928 graduation from Western High School, she worked as a bookkeeper at the Louis Mazor and Son furniture store, then on East Baltimore Street.

During the early part of World War II, she was a neighborhood air raid warden. She left her job, then as office manager of the furniture store, when she enlisted in the service in 1942.

After completing basic training and officers' candidate school, Miss Grossman became a commissioned officer and helped oversee thousands of civilian employees at the supply depot at Olmstead Field, Pa. She attained the rank of captain.

After the war, Miss Grossman and her sister, Sadie E. Grossman, who survives her, were among the first women to use a GI loan to establish a business. They operated the Sandy Sue Kiddie Shop in Southeast Washington from 1947 until retiring in 1980 and moving to Delray Beach.

A hallmark of the store was its personal service and attention, family members said. The sisters kept it open six days a week, taking Sundays off to tour sites in the Washington area and attend plays and musicals.

In retirement, Miss Grossman became active in the Women's American Organization for Rehabilitation through Training, which supports a global network of scientific, technological, and vocational schools and programs.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. today at United Hebrew Cemetery, 3901 Washington Blvd.

Miss Grossman is also survived by another sister, Dinah G. Wolfe of Annapolis; and three nieces.

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