Jessie Rogers Heineman, 92, who did custom tailoring and helped operate a grocery store after coming here in 1911, died of respiratory failure Oct. 14 at Montgomery General Hospital.
She was the widow of Oscal Heineman, a grocer, wholesale grocery salesman and food shop manager, who died in 1976.
Mrs. Heineman was born in Latvia. At the age of 19, she moved to London and worked as a custom tailor (fitting and designing). She then lived briefly in Baltimore before joining two brothers here.
She became affiliated with Pasternaks, an apparel store, working both as a tailor and model. After her marriage in 1913, she and her husband had a grocery store on New Jersey Avenue NW, but had to give it up because they were not yet naturalized citizens. After the war, Mrs. Heineman returned to Pasternaks.
In 1923, she and her husband moved to Wheeling, W.Va., where they operated a grocery business until returning to Washington in 1937.
After her husband's death, Mrs. Heineman sold her Washington home and divided her time between two daughters, Mary Kobre and Thelma Bermack, both of Silver Spring, who survive.
Also surviving are two grandchildren.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the philadelphia Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children in care of the Almas Temple here or the Montgomery County Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.