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Susan Heisler, grocery store merchandiser

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Susan Heisler, a retired grocery store merchandiser and recreational pool player, died of lung cancer March 3 at the Chesapeake Hospice's Mandrin Center in Harwood. The Glen Burnie resident was 55.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Bush Street, she was the daughter of Roger Heisler, who served in the Navy, and Nira Blank, a Koppers Co. and Maryland Glass employee.

The family moved to Anne Arundel County and she was a 1965 graduate of Northeast High School, where she ran track.

She was a bartender at Dino's in Glen Burnie on Ritchie Highway. She later became a merchandiser for SGN, a firm based in Washington, D.C. She traveled throughout the Mid-Atlantic to health food and grocery stores and placed products on shelves. She worked in natural foods.

In her free time, she enjoyed flea markets and visiting antique stores, where she found the miniature bottles she collected. She also bought antique paintings of the English countryside.

"She was always joking and was known for her wide-ranging sense of humor," said her daughter, Stephanie A. Heisler of Glen Burnie.

A pool player, she competed throughout Anne Arundel County. She was an Orioles fan and attended games at the old Memorial Stadium as well as Camden Yards. She was also a Ravens fan and enjoyed boating on the Chesapeake Bay and Magothy River.

Ms. Heisler was an avid reader and enjoyed Tom Clancy novels.

No service is planned.

In addition to her daughter, survivors include her mother, Nira Blank of Pasadena; a brother, Charles E. Blank Jr. of Hanover; and two sisters, Karen Steedman and Jackie Blank, both of Pasadena.

jacques.kelly@baltsun.com

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