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Strata Poster
> Barbara Ellen (Cook) Knoebel passed into the Lord's eternal peace Friday,
> November 27, 2009 at the age of 66. She died peacefully at her home at 206
> Knoebels Boulevard, Elysburg, with her family by her side.
> Born May 3rd, 1943 in Lykens, Pennsylvania, Barbara was the daughter of
> the
> late Charles and Elizabeth Cook. She was a 1961 graduate of Lykens High
> School and furthered her education at Polyclinic Hospital becoming a
> Licensed Practical Nurse.
> Barbara married Richard Knoebel on February 10th, 1968, a marriage that
> lasted until her death, a span of over 41 years. They are the parents of
> two
> sons, Richard A. and Brian L. Knoebel.
> Barbara was a member of Elysburg Presbyterian Church. She was an active
> member of Order of the Eastern Star having served as Worthy Matron of Iris
> Chapter #306, Shamokin. She held the statewide office of Grand Adah during
> 1984-85 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
> committees, most notable the original Hall of Fame Committee.
> 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.
> In addition to her husband and sons, she is survived by four
> granddaughters,
> Haley, Hannah, Abigail and Ashley. She is also survived by a brother,
> Walter
> Cook, of Gowen City, sister in law Ruth Cook, brother in law Ronald
> Knoebel
> and his family and sister in law Leanna Knoebel Muscato and her family.
> In addition to her parents, Barbara was preceded in death by brothers
> Charles "Boom" Cook and Donald Cook.
> Arrangements are under the direction of the Alan Horne Funeral Home.
> Visitation will be held at the Elysburg Presbyterian Church, Friday
> December
> 4th beginning at 5:00 pm and Saturday, December 5th beginning at 9:00 am.
> Services are scheduled for 11:00 am at the church.
> In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Barbara's
> memory to Give Kids the World, Attn: Development, 210 S. Bass Road,
> Kissimmee, FL 34746.


East Coast(er) General
Staff member
That's really sad news Chris. Especially after reading that her cancer had receded a bit in the Amusement Today Golden Ticket article honoring Dick Knoebels & her as their Persons-of-the-Year.
furie & I had the honor of meeting Dick earlier this year at a time when Babara was undergoing Chemotherapy. This is a huge blow to someone who has gone through as much as he has, but he's a very strong willed man & I'm sure that he will carry on with more determination than every before to continue the fine work he & Barbara always strive for.
My heart felt condolences go out to the entire Knoebels family & park employees.


Staff member
Very sad news, a real shame. The park has such character, and that can only be due to the character of the people running it and the love they put into it. My thoughts go out to the family and friends :(
Aww that's really sad, cancer is such a horrible thing! Like Jerry and Furie said, obviously she and her husband put a lot of effort into the park and hopefully he will continue on with that.

Thoughts go out to everyone that knew her.