Florence H. Noakes

Florence H. Noakes, 88, a resident of Wilkes-Barre and formerly of West Pittston, died Monday, March 4, 2013, at the Golden Living Summit Center, Wilkes-Barre.

Mrs. Noakes was born in Wilkes-Barre Township, daughter of the late William and Mae Grannis Dieffenbacher, and was a graduate of Wilkes-Barre Township High School.

She had been employed by the radiology department of Wilkes-Barre General Hospital for several years and had later been associated with the garment manufacturing industry, working in several local factories. For 32 years, she had been property manager for H. Merritt Hughes Funeral Home Inc., West Pittston, retiring several years ago. She was a very diligent and dedicated employee and took great pride in her work.

Mrs. Noakes had been a member of the former Christ Lutheran Church, Wilkes-Barre, where she had sung in the choir, been a teacher in the Sunday school and was a member of the Lutheran Church Women. Currently, she was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Wilkes-Barre. While in the garment industry, she had been a member of the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Ruth Ann Roan; by a brother, Edward Dieffenbacher; and sisters, Alberta Dieffenbacher, Mae Yedenak and Matilda Rossick.

Surviving are her husband of 70 years, Nathaniel L. Noakes, Wilkes-Barre; a daughter, Mary Louise Gunshannon/Van Orden, Dallas; sons-in-law, Thomas Gunshannon, Larksville; and Jarret Roan, Harrisburg; grandchildren, Thomas Gunshannon III; Natalie Gunshannon and Amy Gunshannon and Judy Road; and great-granddaughter, Aine Popish.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at H. Merritt Hughes Funeral Home Inc., a Golden Rule Funeral Home, 451 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, with the Rev. Peter D. Kuritz and the Rev. Janell D. Wigen, pastor, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Wilkes-Barre, officiating. Private interment will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Hanover Township, at the convenience of the family. Friends may call prior to the service from noon to 1 p.m. Monday.

The family requests that flowers be omitted and that memorial donations in Florence's name be sent to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 190 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.

Published in Citizens' Voice from Mar. 5 to Mar. 9, 2013