Mary E. Hamma, an active member of the Sag Harbor community where she had lived for 25 years, died at Southampton Hospital on Sunday. She was 87 and had Parkinson's disease.
Mrs. Hamma was an accomplished seamstress, knitter, gardener, and piano player, and a member of Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Bridgehampton, where she frequently participated in a bible study group. She also was a member of the Homemakers of Sag Harbor, an officer in the Sag Harbor chapter of AARP, and a volunteer at Southampton Hospital. Before moving to Sag Harbor, she had been a teaching assistant at the Fort Salonga Elementary School and later an executive secretary in the Manhattan offices of Mobil Oil.
The daughter of Irish immigrants, Mrs. Hamma was born in the Bronx on Oct. 21, 1926, to Mary and Michael Fitzpatrick. She grew up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, where her parents owned a soda fountain and deli. She attended Bushwick High School in Brooklyn and what was formerly the Schudder Secretarial School.
She and Robert Hamma were married 35 years ago, when she was in her early 20s. The couple, who had four children, first lived in Brooklyn, then moved to Valley Stream, where they lived for 15 years. They subsequently lived in Fort Salonga, Miller Place, and Huntington on Long Island and in Las Colinas, Tex. Mr. Hamma died in 1984.
Mrs. Hamma 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.
The family will welcome friends to Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in Sag Harbor tomorrow, from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. On Saturday, a funeral Mass will be conducted at Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church at 9:30 a.m., with burial to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Coram.
Memorial donations have been suggested to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, New York 10018 or to East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton Beach 11978.