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SCHRAM Susan Moran Schram Long time Reston resident and co-founder of Reston's Used Bookstore, passed away peacefully at the age of 89 on March 21, 2018 in Reston, Virginia, surrounded by her children, grandchildren, and friends. Born in Chicago on July 7, 1928, she and her sisters Nancy Moran Larson (also of Reston), the late Judge James B. Moran and Martha Moran Thompson were raised in Escanaba, a small town in the Michigan Upper Peninsula. A standout student and debater, she attended Ripon College for a year before completing her Political Science degree in 1950 at the University of Michigan. Sue married Ward Schram on December 28, 1955 and they lived in Milwaukee, WI. During the early 1960s, Sue and Ward were involved in the Civil Rights movement. While participating in marches and political process, the family also help make quiet strides - like lodging a black student who could not find accommodations in their home, and helping a black family friend secure a mortgage in a white neighborhood. The activism led to a compelling job offer for Ward, and the family relocated to the Washington, DC area where Ward worked in the Johnson Administration on the War on Poverty. They were drawn to the "New Town' of Reston in June 1966, moving when the community boasted around 500 residents. In 1970 she returned to her journalistic roots and took the position and circulation manager for the Reston Times; in these tumultuous 70's her role was primarily ensuring the paper boys and girls delivered the new edition on time, but also counseling, encouraging, and lending a patient ear to her young charges. In 1977, with all three children at college, she and her best friend Sue (Weston) Wensell opened Reston's Used Bookshop. It was immediately successful and soon became a popular hub and meeting place. Long active in local Democratic politics, Sue worked on a number of campaigns and until recently she worked as a poll watcher. St. Anne's parishioners were welcomed by Sue and sister Nancy as ushers until both were well into their 80s. Ward passed away in March 2002, but until her passing Sue continued to live independently in her condo on Lake Anne Plaza. Sue leaves a loving extended family and circle of friends. Her survivors (and legacy) are daughter Robin Moran Fogelson and her husband Jason Fogelson of Canton, Michigan; son Chris Schram and wife Josey Mos Schram of Den Haag, Netherlands; Chris' former wife Mary Delaney and their children Andrew P. Schram, his wife Diana Shyu Schram and their daughter Sophia Marie Schram, and Christy T. Schram; son Andrew C. Schram and his wife Valerie Schram, and their children Michael Schram and Grace Schram. The family has lost a matriarch, someone who combined a fine mind and wonderful sense of humor with love, compassion, and an ability to light up any room she entered. Reston has also lost a dynamic and beloved early resident and special part of the community. The service will be held at St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Reston on Saturday, April 7 at 3:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to The Democratic Party of Virginia or to the Embry Rucker Homeless Shelter.The service will be held at St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Reston on Saturday, April 7 at 3:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to The Democratic Party of Virginia or to the Embry Rucker Homeless Shelter.

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Published in The Washington Post on Mar. 31, 2018.
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May 30, 2018
I had heard of Sue's passing, but only just now learned the details. I am so sorry to have missed her service, but know her many friends were there to bid her goodbye. She has been a wonderful link to my time in Reston and I have been so blessed to hear from her and to see her over the years. She was such a bright spot in the lives of so many and the obituary, which I just read, captured what a special person she was. I miss her!
April 2, 2018
What a kind and compassionate lady! At her bookstore, an older child who had a very difficult time learning to read once asked her if she had a copy of "Go Dog, Go" Without hesitation or shock, she replied enthusiastically "Let's go look!" A few minutes later the pair emerged with big smiles and volume in hand. Small example of a lady with a big heart. She is and was the essence of what makes Reston so special. Thanks, Sue, for sharing the planet in such a caring, gentle manner. We love you.
Tammi Petrine
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