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Life Story / Obituary
Patricia Noack was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to many. A faithful person, there wasn’t anything that she wouldn’t do for someone in need. Patricia lived her life fully and treasured her close relationships with her family. She leaves behind many wonderful memories for her loved ones to cherish forever.
Reflecting on the 1920s, it was a period of time when industry was booming aptly giving the decade the name of the Roaring Twenties. Patricia was born on December 9, 1929, in Bay City, Michigan, just a few months after the market crashed that fateful October resulting in tumultuous time in our nation’s history. Her birth gave her parents much hope and happiness during trying times.
Growing up, she lived a typical childhood of the times. Patricia proudly attended Visitation Catholic Church with her family and was forever grateful for being raised with a strong foundation of faith as well as immensely proud of her Irish heritage. As a family, they vacationed to Canada to visit relatives as well as family who lived in the Hamtramck and greater Detroit area. Ambitious and studious, she was the salutatorian of her high school graduating class. She went on to join the world of work as a bank teller in her early adult years.
She and her sweetheart, Bert Noack, joined in marriage in 1952 at her home church in Bay City. They remained in Bay City where they raised their children. As a family, they enjoyed many years of camping as well as boating together. She wasn’t fond of being on the boat, but never passed up any opportunity to spend time with Bert and her kids. Patricia enjoyed continuing her work outside the family home and eventually moved up to become the vice-president of Michigan National Bank in Bay City before she later retired. She and Bert were hard workers and spent many evenings enjoying a martini after a full day! During their years of retirement, she and Bert shared many remarkable memories touring much of Europe as well as many special spots around the United States.
As much as she loved her role in the banking industry, Patricia held a wide variety of many special interests. She was a classy woman who loved to dress well. She also enjoyed playing Bridge with many of her close friends from Bay City for many years. An avid golfer, she played on a league for twelve years making many lasting friendships. A wonderful hostess, when it came time to prepare for hosting a meal in her home even if it was only for her own family, she would often set the table the evening before! Patricia was a fabulous cook and enjoyed cooking right up until the end of her life. She had perfected her fabulous roast and potatoes and there was always a candy dish filled with chocolate in the house! Hard to believe that she had the time, yet Patricia was also an avid reader who was almost always seen with a book in her hand!
As much as she cherished her years with her own children, Patricia felt blessed when she became a grandmother and great-grandmother. She simply reveled in any amount of time she spent with her loving family. Proud of each and every one of her kids and grand-kids, she wanted nothing more than to share in their every success! Pat’s love deepened even greater with her great granddaughters Alyson and Lillian; displaying their artwork on her kitchen refrigerator for all to see.
Patricia was content towards the end of her life knowing that her faith life had prepared her well for her journey. A positively optimistic person throughout her life, she leaned on her unending trust in her steadfast beliefs that God’s love would guide her peacefully to Heaven. May her loved ones find comfort in knowing that she loves them without measure and may her many special memories be eternal.
Patricia Noack, of Kalamazoo, Age 90, died on Friday July 17, 2020. Patricia was born in Bay City Michigan the daughter of Jim and Edna Mullins.
Patricia was preceded in death by her husband Bert in 2015, her brother Don Mullins and her sister Germaine Gillard. Surviving are her three children Randy (Katherine) Noack, Philip (Mary) Noack and Cindy (Michael) Vennix; grandchildren: Benjamin and Daniel Noack, Christopher (Wendy) Noack, Amy Noack, Brian (Sarah) Vennix and Eric Vennix; two great-granddaughters: Alyson and Lilian Noack and daughter-in-law Karen Noack.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Augustine Cathedral 10 AM on Thursday July 23. Family are receiving friends an hour prior. Burial will take place at Ft. Custer National Cemetery Thursday 1PM.
Visit Patricia’s personal webpage at www.BetzlerLifeStory.com where you may read her Life Story, archive a favorite memory or photo, and sign her online guestbook. Betzler Life Story Funeral Home, 6080 Stadium Drive, Kalamazoo 269-375-2900.Memorial contributions may be made to St. Augustine Catholic Cathedral or Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan.
Pat’s family has segments of an interview with Patricia talking about her life. Please enter and watch these links for more of her story from her own interview:
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