Florence H. Noakes, 88, a resident of Wilkes-Barre and formerly of West Pittston, died Monday, March 4, 2013, in the Golden Living Summit Center, Wilkes-Barre.
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Born in Wilkes-Barre Township, Mrs. Noakes was a daughter of the late William and Mae Grannis Dieffenbacher and a graduate of Wilkes-Barre Township High School. She had been employed in the radiology department of Wilkes-Barre General Hospital for several years and was later associated with the garment manufacturing industry, working in several area factories. For 32 years, she was property manager for the 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 previously was a member of the former Christ Lutheran Church, Wilkes-Barre, where she sang in the choir, was 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 was a member of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Mrs. Ruth Ann Roan; 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; daughter, Mary Louise Gunshannon/Van Orden, Dallas; sons-in-law, Thomas Gunshannon, Larksville, and Jarret Roan, Harrisburg; grandchildren, Thomas Gunshannon III, Natalie Gunshannon, Amy Gunshannon and Judy Road; and great-granddaughter, Aine Popish.
A memorial service will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at the H. Merritt Hughes Funeral Home Inc., a Golden Rule Funeral Home, 451 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, with the Rev. Janell D. Wigen, pastor of 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 Monday from noon until time of service.
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 Times Leader on Mar. 9, 2013