Catherine M. "Honey Girl" (Hoffa) Bates, 78, Wyomissing, entered into peace Feb. 12, 2008, in Reading Hospital.Her husband, Ralph S. Bates, died Oct. 27, 1994.
Born in West Reading, she was a daughter of the late Richard and Catherine (Nordan) Hoffa.
Catherine was employed for 14 years as a sales clerk in the men's department at the former Pomeroy's, Reading.
Catherine was a graduate of Central Catholic High School.
She loved collecting porcelain dolls. Another passion of Catherine's was caring for animals of all types and on occasion took them in as her own.
Surviving is a daughter, Catherine M. Cullen-Zaorski, Stony Creek Mills.
Other survivors include two brothers, Richard Hoffa, in Florida, and John, husband of Janelle Hoffa, Robesonia.
There also is a granddaughter, Andrea L., wife of Michael T. Heist.
Services were February 15, 2008 at 1 p.m. in Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home Inc., West Reading.