Mary Schwartzman, 89, co-owned dress shop

September 02, 2004

Mary Schwartzman, who co-owned and operated a Preston Street dress shop for many years, died of a stroke Monday at Jewish Convalescent and Nursing Home in Pikesville. The Pikesville resident was 89.

Born in Chicago, Mary Lieman was a 1931 graduate of Forest Park High School, where she played tennis and danced.

After her 1936 marriage to Morton Schwartzman, she and her husband founded the Mary Lee Dress Shop. Mrs. Schwartzman was the buyer and did the bookkeeping.

They first opened a store on Harford Avenue and later had shops on Liberty Heights Avenue and on Charles Street. Their last store, which closed in 1975, was at 2 E. Preston St. Her husband died in 1985.

The Schwartzmans were active with the beginning of the School of the Chimes in Mount Washington, where one of their daughters was enrolled.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road in Pikesville.

She is survived by two daughters, Helene Schwartzman and Karen A. Schwartzman, both of Baltimore; and a sister, Lorraine Selsky of Hollywood, Fla.

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