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Jossie 'Nita' Niehoff, Susan B. Strober, Elizabeth G. Wylie die

Monday, May 10, 2010

Jossie 'Nita' Niehoff Arbitration Specialist

Jossie "Nita" Niehoff, 88, who helped settle disputes between labor unions and management for 25 years as an arbitration specialist with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, died April 19 at the Mount Vernon Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Fairfax County. She had colon cancer.

Mrs. Niehoff retired from federal service in 1996.

Jossie Juanita Jobbs was born in Campbell, Mo., and received a nursing degree in 1942 from what is now Baptist College of Health Sciences in Memphis. She worked as an Army nurse in Memphis during World War II.

She married anthropologist Arthur Niehoff and served as his research assistant as they moved around the world for research projects. They co-wrote a 1960 book, "East Indians in the West Indies," and they lived in India, Trinidad, Laos and Nigeria before moving to the Alexandria area of Fairfax in the early 1960s.

Her marriage ended in divorce.

Survivors include her son, Justin Niehoff of Mount Laurel, N.J.; and three grandchildren.

-- Emma Brown

Susan B. Strober Social Worker

Susan B. Strober, 72, a social worker at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for the past four years, died April 29 of ovarian cancer at ManorCare Health Services Nursing Home in Potomac. She was a resident of North Bethesda.

She previously was a social worker with the Prince George's County Department of Family Services.

Susan Backinoff was a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., and a 1958 graduate of Brooklyn College. She came to the Washington area in the mid-1960s and later received a master's degree and doctorate in social work, both from Catholic University.


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