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Cathryn Marie Ferketich

Cathryn Marie (Calliss) Ferketich, age 69, of Herrin, Illinois, passed away peacefully at 6:40pm, Tuesday, July 5, 2022 at Herrin Hospital.

Cathryn was born December 20, 1952 in Metropolis, Illinois, a daughter of William and Agnes (Harris) Calliss. She married the love of her life, James R. Ferketich on February 22, 1992 in Herrin. Together they shared more than 30 years of marriage.

Cathy taught in the Herrin School District for 35 years. She also was a member of the Hurrican Memorial Baptist Church and served as the pianist for many years.

She is survived by her loving husband- James R. Ferketich of Herrin, IL; brother- William and Phyllis Calliss of Avon, IN, sister-in-law- Ruth Ann Calliss of Herrin, sister-in-law- Brenda Calliss of Swansea, IL; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, William and Agnes (Harris) Calliss; two brothers, Otis Calliss and Dennis Calliss; and her niece, Michele Schneider.

Visitation will be Saturday, July 9th, 2022 from 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin. Funeral Service will be held Saturday, July 9, 2022, 12:30 PM at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home with Rev. Duane Faulkenberry officiating. Burial will follow at Egyptian Memorial Gardens in Energy.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Hurricane Memorial Baptist Church of Herrin.

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I am a cousin who never met her, but my prayers are with the family. I knew the older family members, although we were closer in age. I am 71.

Anita Hall Mills Jul 11 2022 3:09 PM

I’m so very sorry to read about her passing.

Gina Crompton Jul 10 2022 5:58 PM

Sending condolences to her family. She taught me at Hurst Bush Grade School and again at Herrin Jr High. She was a lovely woman and an excellent teacher.

Amy (Fann) Batson Jul 10 2022 4:18 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Cathryn Ferketich

Donna Griffin Jeralds Jul 9 2022 6:37 PM

So sorry to hear of Diane's graduation service to her Heavenly Reward. She was an asset to her family, her church and to all she came in contact with and my her families be blessed by her great Christian memory!

Sandy McPheron Phipps Jul 8 2022 12:48 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Cathryn Ferketich

Derek Woodis Jul 8 2022 11:57 AM

Sorry to hear. I was a friend of Otis and Ruth Ann in the late 50s. My dad Lowell Ragains was pastor of the Hurricane Memorial Baptist Church.

Joel Ragains Jul 8 2022 9:24 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Cathryn Ferketich

Alexis Hamilton Jul 8 2022 8:29 AM

Cathy was a very good person. Have know her family for a long time. She will be missed by many. Mother and I will be keeping the family in our prayers

Betty Bush and Jennifer Morgan Jul 8 2022 8:12 AM

Cathy was my first good friend when I was hired by Herrin Unit#4 Schools. She took me under her wing and included me in her school and social life. We shared many moments of hilarity at Hurst-
Bush on music day, eating lunch in her room and watching TV! She tutored my daughter in math at one point. When she transferred to HJHS, I didn't see her as often, unless I visited in her "cubette" down in the bomb shelter. After retirement, we had an occasional lunch together, but she began to suffer health problems. I missed her and thought I should call her....It's hard to believe she's gone. I shall always miss you, my good and funny friend! Rest in peace, Cathy. I love you!

Mary K. Kucharik Jul 7 2022 8:05 PM

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