Nasma J. Hatem Ran general store

January 08, 1991

A Mass of Christian burial for Nasma J. Hatem, a retired general store operator who belonged to community and religious groups in Havre de Grace, will be offered at 10:30 a.m. today, at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in the Harford County community.

Mrs. Hatem, who was 82 and known to many as Nancy, died Friday after a heart attack at her home in Havre de Grace.

For many years, she and her husband, Joseph T. Hatem, operated a general store that was founded by his father. Joseph Hatem died in 1968.

Mrs. Hatem was born Nasma Joseph in Philadelphia. She was reared there, in Denver and in Providence, R.I., where she graduated from high school at 14.

She came to Havre de Grace after her marriage in 1923.

At St. Patrick's Church, she was head of the Sodality and a member of the parish council.

Named a Harford County Living Treasure more than five years ago by the County Council, she was a member of the Harford County Women's Democratic Club, the Homemakers, the Auxiliary of the Harford Memorial Hospital, the American Association of Retired Persons and the Havre de Grace Senior Citizens.

A son, Thomas J. Hatem, a lawyer and former chairman of the Public Service Commission and insurance commissioner, died in 1985.

Mrs. Hatem is survived by a son, Dr. Frederick J. Hatem, a former Harford County councilman, of Havre de Grace; a daughter, Dr. Rose Mary Hatem Bonsack, a member of the House of Delegates, of Aberdeen; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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