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Frances Ruth Nobbe, age 79, of Batesville, Indiana, passed away Monday, October 23, 2017, at home.
The daughter of Jerome and Frances (Hoffman) Jonas was born on July 13, 1938, in Brookville, Indiana.
The 1956 Brookville High School graduate married Roman J. Nobbe on October 26, 1957, in Brookville. Ruth was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church and Daughters of the American Revolution. She also served as president of Franklin County Child Welfare Board for many years.
Ruth and her husband, Roman, both owned and operated their family business, Roman Nobbe Inc., for over 35 years. She spent much of her time working in the business until she retired in 1997.
Ruth and Roman loved to polka dance. They won several trophies over the years competing.
She was really into genealogy and has been said to have more books than a public library.
She was an avid doll collector, too, with hundreds of beautifully dressed dolls. Ruth also held a special place in her heart for kids, always wanting to help children. Kinder Platz was started in part because she wanted all little girls to have ruffled, frilly dresses and accessibility to good clothes. Ruth truly loved her family and cherished her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She will be dearly missed by her husband, Roman, son Roman "Bucky" (Jeanna) Nobbe of Oldenburg; daughters Karen (Mike) Knueven of Sunman and Tammy (Chris) Forthofer of Batesville; nine grandchildren, Roman A. (Sarah) Nobbe, Brad Nobbe, Jason Knueven, Kristine (Dan) Aldulescu, Amanda (Jeremy) Reed, Eric Forthofer, Nicole (Danny) Wilds, Anthony Forthofer; two great-grandchildren, Leigha and Liam Reed; three sisters, Alice Thielking (the late Carl), Sue Ward (Ken), Ellen Davis (Don) and brother, Charles Jonas (Sharon).
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandson Joshua Nobbe.
Visitation will be Friday 4-8 PM at Meyers Funeral Home in Batesville with Rosary starting at 3:40 PM. Mass of Christian Burial is at 10:00 AM Saturday, October 28, 2017, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Oldenburg with the Rev. Carl Langenderfer officiating. Burial will follow in the Holy Family Catholic Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to the Edelweiss House, benefiting children, or Batesville EMS c/o the funeral home. Online condolences www.meyersfuneralhomes.com.
Published on October 26, 2017
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