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Emilie Lellouche, saleswoman

By — Adam Bernstein,

Emilie Lellouche, 96, who spent 15 years working in sales for the old Garfinckel’s department store, died March 21 at a nursing home in Boulder, Colo. She had dementia.

With her husband, Mrs. Lellouche co-owned and operated Emilie’s 5 and 10 Cent Store in Northeast Washington from 1943 to 1961. She then began working for Garfinckel’s flagship store in Washington. She retired in 1977 after five years at the Montgomery Mall branch.

Emilie Eichtersheimer was born in Ittlingen, Germany, and attended a business school in Germany before managing a lingerie boutique in Paris in the late 1930s.

She was a founding member and president of the sisterhood of the old Congregation B’nai Jacob, a synagogue in Washington. She was a past member of what is now Tikvat Israel, a Conservative synagogue in Rockville.

Mrs. Lellouche was a past officer of Women’s American ORT, the Organization for Rehabilitation through Training. She was a past docent at the National Museum of American History. She was a past volunteer at Ring House retirement community in Rockville, and Ring House honored her service in 2006.

She moved to Boulder from Rockville in 2006.

Her husband, Gaston Lellouche, whom she married in 1939, died in 1981. Survivors include a daughter, Mireille Key of Boulder; two granddaughters; and a great-granddaughter.

— Adam Bernstein

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