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Schuylkill County Obituaries

Catherine E. “Cookie” Ferhat, 82 – Owned Former Gateway Diner and Motel

Catherine E. “Cookie” Ferhat, 82 of Pottsville, died Sunday morning at Schuylkill Center, Pottsville.

She was born November 17, 1937 in Pottsville a daughter of the late Joseph T. and Anna Sophy Ferhat.

She was a 1955 graduate of Pottsville Catholic High School.

Cookie was co-owner of the former Gateway Diner and Motel, Pottsville, and was a cook for 22 years at St. Patrick Rectory, Pottsville prior to retiring.

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Cookie was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Joan Glass; 2 brothers, Thomas “Pete” Ferhat and Joseph C. Ferhat, Sr.

Surviving are a brother, William Ferhat, Pottsville; a sister-in-law, Cindy Ferhat, Pottsville; 4 nieces and 5 nephews; great-nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 11AM from St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville. Family and friends are invited to a viewing from 8:30-10:30AM Friday at James E. Humphrey Funeral Home, Pottsville. The family would prefer remembrances in the form of contribution in memory of Cookie be made to St. Joseph Center for Special Learning, 2075 W. Norwegian St., Pottsville, PA 17901. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Pottsville. Anyone attending is asked to please wear a mask.

Live streaming services will be available starting at 11:00A.M. on Friday, October 30th via a link that can be found on or the James E. Humphrey Funeral Home Facebook Page.

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