Marilyn L. Grossman, retail manager, synagogue volunteer

Marilyn L. Grossman, a manager at Northern Virginia stores and a volunteer at Congregation Olam Tikvah in Fairfax County, died Jan. 30 at her home in McLean, Va. She was 83.

The cause was kidney failure, said her daughter, Sarahbeth Grossman.

Marilyn Lipofsky was born in Boston. She graduated in 1952 from a teachers college in Boston and moved to the Washington area soon thereafter.

She was briefly a special education teacher in Northern Virginia in the 1950s. In the 1960s, she was a sales representative for the Sara Coventry jewelry company. She later worked at Hecht’s department store at Seven Corners and was a floor manager at Woodward & Lothop at Tysons Corner.

Mrs. Grossman was a charter member of Olam Tikvah, a Conservative synagogue in Fairfax, where she catered bar and bat mitzvahs and ran an annual blood drive. She founded and shaped religious education programs, established youth groups and was active in several Jewish women’s organizations.

Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Robert M. Grossman of McLean; five children, Stanley I. Grossman and Michael J. Grossman, both of Springfield, Va., Allen R. Grossman of Tallahassee, Sarahbeth Grossman of New York City and Gary V. Grossman in Manila; a brother; and seven grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes

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