A Mass of Christian burial for Mary Virginia Bateman, a former teacher who was active in community work in the Baltimore area and later at Rehoboth Beach, Del., will be offered at 10:30 a.m. today at St. Edmund's Roman Catholic Church in the Delaware resort.
Mrs. Bateman , who was 61 and had lived in Rehoboth Beach since 1959, died Monday of heart failure at a hospital in Lewes, Del.
The former Mary Virginia Susemihl was a native of Baltimore and a graduate of what is now the Notre Dame Preparatory School. She attended Immaculata College in Pennsylvania before her graduation in 1952 from Goucher College.
She taught in public elementary schools in Baltimore in the mid-1950s and, before moving to Delaware, served on the board St. Vincent's Orphanage and was a member of the Woman's Club of Roland Park.
In Delaware, she was a member of the state board of the Foster Grandparents, did volunteer work at the Hospital for the Mentally Retarded in Stockley and was active in the American Association of University Women.
Treasurer of the Ostomy Society of Delaware, Mrs. Bateman had also been active in the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society.
Mrs. Bateman was a member of the golf team of the Rehoboth Beach Country Club.
Her husband, Joseph L. Bateman, is a Lewes automobile dealer.
Also surviving are three sons, Bernard F., John W. and Tjark A. Bateman, all of Rehoboth Beach, and two brothers, Albert C. and John E. Susemihl, both of Baltimore.