Rita S. Hatem, 90, of Methuen, passed away on Sunday, February 21, 2021 at High Point Hospice House in Haverhill with her children at her bedside. Rita was born in Lawrence the daughter of the late James J. Kalip and Helen (Abraham) Kalip. She was educated in the Lawrence School system and graduated from Lawrence High School. A lifelong active parishioner of St. Anthony Maronite Church, she was a member of the Ladies Sodality.
Rita is remembered as being dedicated to her parents, children and grandchildren.
Rita was the widow of Eugene F. Hatem who passed away in 1966.
She is survived her children, Retired Lawrence Detective Sergeant Gene G. Hatem and his wife, Cindy (Derby) Hatem of Salisbury, MA; Greater Lawrence Vocational School Instructor Thomas R. Hatem and his wife Diane (Ganem) Hatem of Methuen; Christine, wife of Joseph Perrone of Methuen; and Kenneth C. Hatem and his wife, Carol (Lavoie) Hatem of Methuen. In addition she is survived by several grandchildren, nieces and nephews and many friends.
A graveside service will be announced at a later Springtime date.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Farrah Funeral Home, 133 Lawrence St; Lawrence, MA 01841.
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