Abraham H. Yellowitz, 59, president of Mersu Distributing Corp., a wholesale beer and wine firm, died at Georgetown University Hospital Monday of a cerebral edema and a brain lesion.

Mr. Yellowitz was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and had lived in the Washington area since 1939. He began as a salesman for Seagram's Distillery Corp., and then joined Gallagher and Burton, a wholesale liquor distributorship, again in sales.

From 1954 to 1966, he owned a liquor store and delicatessen on M Street in Washington. From 1970 to 1974, he was the proprietor of Ziggy's Famous Restaurant in Rosslyn.He then became president of Mersu Distributing.

Mr. Yellowitz was the recipient of a kidney transplant about 10 years ago, and later testified before a Senate subcommittee on the costs of health care.

He was a member and former provost guard of Masonic Order National Lodge No. 12, a Shriner of the Almas Temple, a member of the Progress Club, Indian Spring Country Club, Beth El Congregation and its men's club.

Survivors include his wife, Beatrice, of the home in Bethesda; two daughters, Bertie Dena Yellowitz, of Nashville, Tenn., and Renie B. Freedman, of Herndon, and a son, Alan Jeffrey, of the home.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the National Kidney Foundation, 1825 Connecticut Ave. NW.