Grace Elizabeth Litterer June 29, 1909 ~ July 17, 2013
July 09, 2013, 8:00 am by Staff Reports
Grace was an entrepreneurial dress designer from the late 1920s until the early 1960s. She owned a dress shop "Curry’s " in the Marshall Fields Building in downtown Chicago during much of this time, selling designs to famous residents such as Mrs. Al Capone.
Grace is credited with one of the first designers to experiment with what is now considered a "pantsuit.” She met her husband, John Baptiste Litterer Sr. in New York City while on a buying trip. They were married in New York City in 1947 and honeymooned in Paris where she was pronounced "the best dressed American Woman in Paris” that year. They made their home in New Rochelle, N.Y. where they had two sons, John and Jim. John Sr. was preceded her in death in 1957. Grace continued her career in the Dallas area until she moved to Burnet at the age of 92 in 2003.
Grace’s designs were honored in the 2003 Bob Bullock Museum display of the Oil Boom of Texas.
Grace was an avid golfer during her life, winning many club championships. She played until her mid 90’s.
Grace is survived by two sons, John Litterer of Burnet and Jim Litterer of Richardson, and five grandchildren Paige, Gaston, Hana, J.B., and Emil. An online guest register is available at www.PutnamCares.com.
Cremation arrangements were made by Putnam Funeral Home and Crematory.
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