Catherine P. Potter, 97, of West Main Street, Little Falls, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, at the Alpine Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Little Falls, with her family by her side.
She was born on Jan. 31, 1916, in Little Falls, the daughter of the late John and Katerina (Kovac) Panik. She was a graduate of Little Falls High School, class of 1934, and a graduate of the Utica School of Commerce, class of 1935.
She was first united in marriage to Eugene J. Hooks in 1940. Mr. Hooks was killed in action during World War II in 1944, after being shot down over the English Channel. In 1948, she was united in marriage to Bernard J. Potter; he predeceased her on July 25, 2009, after a union of 61 years.
Catherine was a member of the Home Bureau, an avid library patron and enjoyed swimming at the YMCA. She loved to cook and bake, her specialty being Slovak pastries. She was a loyal Syracuse basketball fan and rarely missed a game on television.
She was employed as a secretary for Herkimer County Judge Edmund A. McCarthy, and later in that same capacity for the Herkimer County Nurses, retiring in 1978.
She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen Hooks Merrifield, of Fairfax, Calif.; her sons, John J. Hooks and his wife, Barbara, of Maryland, Michael J. Potter and his wife, Gail, of Little Falls, and Steven M. Potter and his wife, Aida, of Ballston Lake; grandchildren, Matthew and Emilie Potter, John D. Hooks and Vladimir Vasquez; great-grandson, Sean Hooks; sister-in-law, Mary Potter Soule, of Richfield Springs; brother-in-law, William F. Potter and his wife, Betty, Seattle, of Washington; nephew, Paul Panik; and niece, Evelyn Panik Dolan. She was predeceased by her brothers, John and Paul Panik.
Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will take place in St. Mary's Cemetery, town of Herkimer.
Arrangements are by Chapman-Moser Funeral Home, Inc., 42 N. Ann St., Little Falls. There are no calling hours.
It is the wish of the family that contributions in memory of Catherine be considered to the Holy Family Parish Church, 763 E. Main St., Little Falls, NY 13365 or to the Little Falls Public Library, 10 Waverly Pl., Little Falls, NY 13365. Envelopes are also available at the funeral home for this purpose.
Online remembrances www.chapmanmoser.com.