Gladys J. (Ruh) Noack

Gladys J. (Ruh) Noack

Gladys J. (Ruh) Noack, age 93, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 12:40 a.m., on Sunday, February 10, 2019, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Gladys’ life, funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. To celebrate Gladys’ life, family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m., until the time of services at 12:00 noon, on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Gladys was born on October 29, 1925, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Joseph C. and Malinda (Abresch) Ruh.

As a young girl, Gladys attended school in a one room school house in Dubuque. After graduating, she went to work helping her family tend to their gardens and take the produce they grew to into Farmer’s Market every week. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Vincent Noack, in 1957, at Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Sherrill, Iowa, and they were blessed with a lovely daughter. Together Gladys and Vince ran a tavern in Sageville for 10 years together, until he was sadly called home ahead of her, much too early in life, on February 28, 1966. After Vince passed away, Gladys became a full time mother and after Sue graduated and was and out on her own, Gladys would reenter the workforce with Luther Manor and St. Dominic’s Villa, until finally retiring in 1990. In her free time, Gladys enjoyed sitting quietly crocheting or heading out to play Bingo with her friends. She had a kind and gentle heart and her pets were always spoiled and well taken care of. Above all, family meant the world to Gladys and she looked forward to helping out with the grandchildren, any chance she had, and also enjoyed taking short day trips spending quality time together. Gladys has certainly been a positive influence to those around her for 93 wonderful years, and we look forward to continuing to honor her memory with acts of kindness for years to come.

Those left to cherish Gladys memory include

her daughter,
Sue (Timothy) Harkness, Dubuque, IA;

her grandchildren,
Robert Freisinger, Dubuque, IA,
Christina Freisinger, Dubuque, IA,
Joseph (Stephanie) Freisinger, East Dubuque, IL
and Thomas Harkness, Dubuque, IA;

her great-granddaughter,
Dalilla Freisinger, East Dubuque, IL;

and her “sister”,
Nettie Abresch, Dubuque, IA.

Gladys was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Vincent Noack; 2 sisters, Erma Ruh and Virginia (Francis) Bird; and 2 brothers, Raymond Ruh and Joseph Ruh.

Gladys’ family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of Stonehill for their kind and compassionate care of not only Gladys, but her entire family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.


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Behr Funeral Home
1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa
February 12th, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Funeral Service

Behr Funeral Home
1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa
February 12th, 2019 at 12:00 PM

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