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Barbara J. "Pinky" Noble

June 21, 1936 ~ April 8, 2017 (age 80)

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April 11, 2017

4:00 PM
Kaniewski Funeral Home
South Bend, IN

April 11, 2017

4:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Kaniewski Funeral Home
South Bend, IN

Mass of Christian Burial
April 12, 2017

11:00 AM
Corpus Christi Church
South Bend, IN

Barbara J. “Pinky” Noble, 80, of South Bend, Indiana passed away on Saturday, April 8, 2017 in her home.

Barbara was born on June 21, 1936 in South Bend to Nicholas and Agnes (Tobolski) Pinkowski, and was a lifelong resident.

On October 6, 1956, in Holy Cross Church, she married Kenneth G. Noble, Sr., who preceded her in death on January 8, 2009. She was also preceded in death by her son Kenneth G. Noble, Jr.; her brother, Thomas Palmer; and her parents, Nicholas and Agnes Pinkowski.

Barbara is survived by her son Chris (Robin) Noble of South Bend, Indiana; her daughter-in-law, Patty Noble of South Bend, Indiana; four grandchildren, Christopher (Amy) Noble, Jr., Nicholas (Lindsay) Noble, Tara (Ryan) Takacs, and Kayla (Drew Niedbala) Noble; six great-grandchildren, Gracie, Tyler, Payton, Kennedy, Nolan and Hudson; and one great-grandchild “on the way”; her brother, James Pinkowski of South Bend, Indiana; and her sisters-in-law, Lucille Pinkowski of Tucson, Arizona; and Pat (Roger) DeClercq of South Bend, IN.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 12, 2017 in Corpus Christi Church. A rosary will be prayed at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday followed by visitation until 8:00 p.m. in the Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive.

Barbara was an active member of Corpus Christi Parish. She was also a member of the Sigma Alpha Sorority and Elbel Ladies Golf Group. Memorial Contributions may be directed to Corpus Christi Church or the Center for Hospice Care, Inc. To send online condolences, please visit

“Mom, 8 years ago you lost Dad and it broke our heart knowing how your heart ached. Then when your son died 6 months ago we just didn't think your heart could take it. You tried to hide it because you were one of the strongest people we have ever known. Now you are back with your husband and son, your oldest son, and truly happy now, this is what our faith believes. The love we have for you is indescribable, but we are truly going to emulate your strength. It really bothered us knowing you were alone, no matter what we tried we knew your heart was broken, and now we truly believe you are no longer alone. We will meet again, that is our faith and when we do have CHICKEN PAPERKOSH WAITING.LOVE ,YOU YOUR FAMILY”

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