OBITUARY: Grace Litterer, 104, of Burnet sold dresses to Capone’s wife, on cutting edge of women’s pantsuit

Grace Elizabeth Litterer, 104, of Burnet, Texas, passed away of natural causes July 17, 2013. She was born to Robert Eugene and Emma James (Bohanon) Curry on June 29, 1909, in Vienna, Ga.

Grace was an entrepreneurial dress designer from the late 1920s until the early 1960s. She owned the 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 as 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 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. 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 a 2003 Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum display “The Oil Boom of Texas.”

She was an avid golfer during her life, winning many club championships and playing until her mid-90s.

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.

Cremation arrangements by Putnam Funeral Home and Crematory, 145 Texas Ave. in Kingsland, (325) 388-0008. Go to to sign an online guest register.