Catherine W. “Kitty” Ferke
December 25, 2016
|Catherine W. “Kitty” Ferke, 89, of Covington Twp. died at home Christmas night surrounded by her loving family under the compassionate care of Traditional Hospice. She is the widow of Stephen Ferke who died October 21st, 2011.
Born April 24, 1927 in Dunmore, PA, she was the 6th of 11 children born to the late Joseph F. and Helen V. (Tigue) Moran. A Depression Era Kid, Catherine displayed stoic strength and courage in living and dying. Catherine’s resilient nature was tempered by the love of her large Irish family in times of both great sadness and joy.
Catherine graduated from Suffern High School, NY. Upon graduation Kitty worked for the Erie Lackawanna Railroad, Avon, and NY Bell as a telephone operator and later in life at The Fatima Center in Elmhurst.
Returning to the Scranton area, Kitty met and soon married the love of her life, Stephen Ferke. Together they celebrated 60 years of marriage and affectionately raised 5 children.
Emboldened by the challenges of life, Catherine was a formative role model. She taught her family how to endure, prosper, respect, love, and be there for one another. Throughout her life, Kitty could always be depended on to do the right thing. She embraced life and led her family with grace, modesty, and fortitude. Kit lovingly and unselfishly gave much of herself. She is loved, missed, and respected by her family and all who came to know Catherine as Kitty.
Kitty was a talented chef, baker, and gardener. She was an athlete, playing multiple sports, excelling in bowling, and was a dead ringer in horseshoes. Forever welcoming and hospitable, her house was filled with the love of family and friends alike. She always gave people the benefit of the doubt, was non-judgmental, and a true champion of the underdog.
Surviving are her daughters: Karen F. Gatens of Moscow, Carol Derrig (Patrick) of Madison Twp. and Joyce Fedak (Robert) of Washington, NJ; her son Allan Ferke (Karen) of Elmhurst Twp.; and daughter-in-law Susan Ferke of Olyphant; sisters: Alice Kakareka of Madison Twp. and Grace Ward (Eugene) of Manlius, NY; grandchildren: Keegan Gatens (Lauren), Caitlin Gilhooley (Jamie), Killian Gatens (Jennifer), Kevin Gatens, Kelly Derrig, Stephen and Patrick Ferke; and great-granchildren; Irelyn, Reagan, Jameson, Quinn, Karina, Rhyan, Minnie, Ava, and Emma; many cousins, nieces, nephews.
In addition to her husband Catherine was preceded in death by her son Michael S. Ferke in 2005, and her son-in-law Kevin P. Gatens in 2011; her great-granddaughter Dylan M. Gatens on Wednesday, December 21, 2016; her brothers: Joseph, James, Eugene, Gerald, Paul, and Francis Moran; and her sisters: Mary Moran and Helen Zawaski.
The family would like to thank Fr. Robert Simon, Dr. Martin Penatar, and Traditional Home Health.
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Interment will be conducted at Holy Ghost Cemetery, Moscow, PA