Rose Gordon Levin, 71, a longtime resident of the Washington area who operated a grocery store with her husband for many years, died June 18 at her home in Silver Spring. She had arteriosclerosis.

Mrs. Levin was born in Newport News, Va., and grew up there and in Fayetteville, N.C. Throughout her life she played the piano and for many years gave private lessons. She and her family first moved to Washington in the late 1920s. In the early 1930s, they returned to Newport News.

While there, her family said, Mrs. Levin played the piano for local broadcasts of the "Amos 'n' Andy" radio program.

The family returned to Washington in 1937 and Mrs. Levin attended the Strayer Business College. She became a milliner and a model for the Princess Shop. About 1945, she and her husband, Albert T. (Bob) Levin, whom she married in 1940, opened a grocery store in Washington and operated it until about 1960.

In addition to her husband, of Silver Spring, Mrs. Levin's survivors include two children, Marsha C. Levin of Silver Spring, and Leonard Theodore Levin of Houston; one sister, Hilda H. Weiss of Wheaton, and one brother, Irving I. Gordon of Silver Spring.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy in the form of contributions in Mrs. Levin's name to Temple Israel in Silver Spring, to the D.C. Youth Orchestra, or to the Heart Fund of the American Heart Association.