Nasma J. Hatem, 82, a retired general store operator who belonged to community and religious groups in Harford County, died Friday after a heart attack at her home in Havre de Grace.
A mass of Christian burial was being offered today, at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in Havre de Grace.
Mrs. Hatem, known to many as Nancy, and her husband, Joseph T. Hatem, for many years 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.
During World War II, she volunteered with the USO and the Red Cross.
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, county commissioner, former chairman of the Public Service Commission and insurance commissioner, died in 1985.
Survivors include 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.