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Grand Rapids – SE Corner of Wealthy and South Division, owned by Moses Hattem who married Maxine George. Maxine George Hattem become a well known musician in the Grand Rapids area for over fifty years. 
Hattem’s was sold in 1968, later become Dressler’s and Langdons’s.


Born October 5,1922 – Passed Away July 17, 2006 Mrs. Maxine George Hattem passed away July 17, 2006. Maxine was a well known musician in the Grand Rapids area for over fifty years. She moved to Grand Rapids in 1950 when she married Moses Hattem. Her first playing engagement locally was at Hattem’s Restaurant, a prominent dining establishment owned by Moses. Maxine was 83 years old. Prior to her marriage, she lived in Worcester, MA where she was born and raised. Maxine was the fifth of eight children of Thomas and Sophie George. She was born on October 5, 1922. Maxine took an interest in music at a young age. She began playing organ at her Church at this time. She also became the house pianist at the Plymouth Theater in Worcester between showings of movies and news reels when she was 12. She later played with such well known groups as Spike Jones, Woody Herman, Tommy Dorsey, Horce Heide and singers Vic Damone, Dick Hayne and the Ink Spots. She formed and led an all girl band, and toured various locations on the East Coast. After Hattem’s was sold in 1968, Maxine played at various places through out the city. Some of her venues included the old Pantlind Hotel, Amway Grand Plaza, and Hudson’s Department Store. She was the pianist at the weekly Grand Rapids Lions Club meetings, Cascade Hills Country Club, and many local retirement communities. She was the organist and member of St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church. She also taught piano and organ for many years in the area. In 1948, she was playing the piano at a Church convention in Worcester, where she met Moses. They were married in 1950. Moses and Maxine had four children and two grandchildren. Maxine was preceded in death by Moses, who passed away in August 2005. Maxine’s survivors include her children, Deeb of Grand Rapids, Dennis of Flagstaff, AZ, Donna of Grand Rapids, and Duane and his wife, Patricia Julien, of Grand Rapids. Also surviving are a sister, Delores George of Worcester, MA; a brother, George George of Boston, MA; and many nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind two grandchildren, Julian and Chris. Her family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, and 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., with Trisagion Service at 8:00 p.m., on Thursday at Metcalf & Jonkhoff Funeral Home. The funeral will be at St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church on Friday at 10:00 a.m. There will also be visitation in the Church Chapel prior to the funeral at 9:00 a.m. Interment Oak Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be sent to either St. Nicholas or the Grand Rapids Lions Club.

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