Mary E. Hamma, a resident of Sag Harbor Village for more than 25 years, died at Southampton Hospital on December 8. She was 87.
Born in the Bronx on October 21, 1926, she was the daughter of Irish immigrants Mary and Michael Fitzpatrick. She was raised in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, where her parents owned a soda fountain and deli. She attended Bushwick High School and Scudder Secretarial School. Early in her married life she moved with her family to Valley Stream, where they lived for 15 years. She subsequently lived in Fort Salonga, Texas, Miller Place and Huntington, and finally Sag Harbor.
Before moving to Sag Harbor, Ms. Hamma worked as a teaching assistant at Fort Salonga Elementary School for several years and later as an executive secretary for Mobil Oil in Manhattan. She was a member of Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church in Bridgehampton, where she was a frequent participant in their Bible study group. She was also a member of the Homemakers of Sag Harbor, a volunteer at Southampton Hospital and an officer in the Sag Harbor chapter of AARP.
She was predeceased by her husband of 35 years, Robert Hamma; and by her siblings, Richard Fitzpatrick and Bernice Fitzpatrick. She is survived by her children, Susan Hamma and husband Chris Thompson of Sag Harbor, Nancy Hamma of East Quogue, Robert Hamma and wife Kathy Schneider of Indiana, and Gerard Hamma of Delaware; and grandchildren, Erica Thompson and Daniel Thompson of Sag Harbor, Kathryn Clavin and Brendan Clavin, formerly of Sag Harbor, and Perri Hamma, Danae Hamma, Natalie Hamma, Peter Hamma, Christine Hamma and Sarah Hamma.
Visitation at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in Sag Harbor took place on December 13. A funeral Mass was said at Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church in Bridgehampton on December 14, with interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Coram.
Memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, www.pdf.org, or East End Hospice, www,eeh.org.