Teresa Kathryn Hattman

September 16, 1926September 9, 2022
Teresa Kathryn Whalen Hattman was born breech, at home on Cosgrove Street in Germantown, Pennsylvania on September 16, 1926. She was literally born running. Her parents were Patrick James Whalen and Teresa Genevieve Klotz Whalen. Her siblings were Leonard, Genevieve Stirner (Kurt) and Mary Schneider (William). Her father's sister was a Sister of Charity in Carville, Louisiana where she nursed people suffering from leprosy. Her name was Sister Julia Whalen. Teresa was baptized at the Immaculate Conception Church in Germantown. Teresa was educated at St. Vincent's Elementary and the Little Flower High School Annex. Teresa was accepted into the last group of young women to train as nurses for the Navy - the Navy Nurse Cadet Program. She received her Registered Nurse degree from St. Joseph's Hospital, Philadelphia in February, 1949. Teresa met her future husband, James Bernard Hattman (Jim), in the Summer of 1942 while both were life guards at a Philadelphia public pool. They were both 16 years old and were born 4 days apart. Jim had just returned with his father, mother and brother Charlie from Hawaii where his father had worked at Pearl Harbor Naval Base. On December 7, 1941, Jim and Charlie stood on the front lawn of their home and watched Japanese Zeros fly so close over them that they could see the pilots' faces. Then they left to go to 8am Mass. Jim and Teresa were married at the Immaculate Conception Church in Germantown on September 11, 1948. Thinking that they might never get to travel very far, they flew out of New York to Bermuda for their honeymoon and straight into a hurricane. The marriage brought forth 7 children, 9 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Teresa taught her children to "go forward". Another gem was "when in doubt, throw it out". All she ever really wanted in her life was to have a big family, live long enough to see her children graduate high school and live in a big house. She accomplished that and so much more. Her life was huge and non-stop, filled with travel, parties and events due to her husband's career in the oil industry. She thought shopping should be considered a hobby and a form of exercise. Her charities were the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal, The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Holy Cross Catholic Church of Vero Beach and The Diocese of Palm Beach Televised Catholic Mass ministry. She is survived by all of her 7 children: her only son James Hattman, Jr. (Gail), Susan Hattman, Teresa Swensied (Al), Kathleen Sharp (Jeff), Barbara Crawford (David), Patricia Bell (Tom, deceased) and Elizabeth Howard (Gene). Her 9 grandchildren are Jessica Komara (Petrus), Teresa Reti (Dave), Barbara Swensied, Jennifer Sharp (Brian Maloney), Thomas Bell (Miho), James Bell (Sabrina), Timothy Bell, Alexandra Howard and Max Howard. Her great-grandchildren are Morgan Sarkissian, Teagan Maloney, Jack Bell and James Bell. Teresa was the last of her generation on both sides of the family. She passed in Vero Beach, Florida on September 9, 2022 at 10:30pm. She will be interred next to her husband in Druid Ridge Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland on September 24, 2022. Mom - you were a great mother. You can rest now. Please. We love you.

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