Barbara Ellen (Cook) Knoebel died on November 27, 2009 at the age of 66. At Knoebels Amusement Resort in Pennsylvania she was an important member of the family business.
Barbara married Richard Knoebel in 1968, a marriage that lasted until her death, a span of over 41 years. She is survived by two sons, Richard and Brian, and four granddaughters.
Active in both the Pennsylvania Amusement Parks Association and the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), she served on several IAAPA committees, most notably the original Hall of Fame Committee.
Barbara worked side-by-side with Dick Knoebel serving as manager of Knoebels park office and group sales manager. In the latter capacity she assisted groups in planning outings and arranged meals for thousands of guests each season.