Mary E. Hamma, a 25-year resident of Sag Harbor Village, died at Southampton Hospital. She was 87 and had Parkinson’s disease.
The daughter of Irish immigrants, Mrs. Hamma was born in the Bronx on October 21, 1926 to Mary and Michael Fitzpatrick. She grew up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, where her parents owned a soda fountain and deli. As a young girl, she attended Bushwick High School and what was formerly the Schudder Secretarial School.
In her early twenties, she married Robert Hamma. The couple, who first lived in Brooklyn, eventually had four children. Early in their marriage, they moved to Valley Stream, where they lived for 15 years. They next moved to Fort Salonga, Las Colinas, Tex., Miller Place, and Huntington. Her husband died in 1984.
Before moving to Sag Harbor, Mrs. Hamma worked as a teaching assistant at the Fort Salonga Elementary School and later as an executive in the Manhattan offices of Mobil Oil.
A talented seamstress, knitter, avid gardener, and accomplished piano player, Mrs. Hamma also loved to be near the ocean. Once in Sag Harbor, she was a member of the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church in Bridgehampton, where she frequently participated in a Bible study group. She was also a member of the Homemakers of Sag Harbor, an officer in the Sag Harbor chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons, and a volunteer at Southampton Hospital.
She is survived by her children: Susan Hamma of Sag Harbor; Nancy Hamma of East Quogue; Robert Hamma of Granger, Ind., and Gerard Hamma of Wilmington, Del. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren.
Visiting hours are planned at Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in Sag Harbor tomorrow from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. On Saturday, a funeral mass will be held at Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church in Bridgehampton at 9:30 a.m., with an internment to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Coram.
The family has requested that memorial donations be made to either the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation in New York or the East End Hospice in Westhampton Beach.