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Barbara Ellen Cook Knoebel

November 27, 2009

Barbara Ellen Cook Knoebel passed into the Lord's eternal peace Friday at the age of 66. She died peacefully at her home at 206 Knoebels Boulevard, Elysburg, with her family by her side.

Born in Lykens, May 3, 1943, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Elizabeth Dietrick Cook.

She was a 1961 graduate of Lykens High School and furthered her education at Polyclinic Hospital and became a licensed practical nurse.

Barbara married Richard Knoebel on Feb.10, 1968, a marriage that lasted until her death, a span of more than 41 years. They are the parents of two sons, Richard A. Knoebel and his wife, Dawn, Catawissa, and Brian L. Knoebel and his wife Dawna, Elysburg.

As a young woman, she had been a member of a Lutheran church in Lykens where she taught Sunday School for many years and sung in the choir. Barbara currently was a member of Elysburg Presbyterian Church. She was an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star, having served as Worthy Matron of Iris Chapter 306, Shamokin. She held the statewide office of grand adah in 1984 and 1985 and traveled throughout Pennsylvania in this capacity.

She was also active in the Pennsylvania Amusement Parks Association and the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. She served on several IAAPA committees, most notable the original Hall of Fame Committee. She had served 12 years on the Bloomsburg University Foundation Board of Trustees, of which she was very proud to have been a part.

At Knoebels Amusement Resort, Barbara was an important member of the family business. She worked side-by-side with Dick serving as manager of the park office and group sales manager. In the latter capacity, she assisted groups in planning outings and arranged catered meals for thousands of guests each season.

In September, Dick and Barbara traveled to California, where Amusement Today, an industry publication, honored them with the Golden Ticket award as industry Persons of the Year for 2009.

She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by two brothers, Charles "Boom" Cook and Donald Cook.

In addition to her husband and sons, she is survived by four granddaughters, Haley, Hannah, Abigail and Ashley; a brother, Walter Cook and his wife, Mary Kay, Gowen City; sisters-in-law, Ruth Cook, Elysburg, and Leanna Knoebel Muscato and her husband, Joseph, and her family of Riverside; a brother-in-law, Ronald Knoebel and his wife, Debbie, and his family of Elysburg.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Elysburg Presbyterian Church, 44 W. Valley Ave., Elysburg, with the Rev. Matthew Young, her pastor, officiating. Interment will be in All Saints Cemetery, Elysburg. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday at the church. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Allen R. Horne Funeral Home, 193 McIntyre Road, Catawissa. Contributions in her memory may be made to Give Kids the World, Attn: Development, 210 S. Bass Road., Kissimmee, FL 34746.

Published in Republican & Herald on Nov. 30, 2009
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