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Barbara Ann Nowak

December 12, 1953 — March 23, 2022

Barbara Ann Nowak


Barbara Ann Nowak age 68, of Great Bend, Kansas, passed away Wednesday, March 23, 2022, at her home.

Barbara was born on December 12, 1953, in Hays, Kansas, the oldest daughter to Vernon and Lillian (Sander) Nowak of Gorham, Kansas.

She grew up in Gorham, Kansas and was a 1972 graduate of Gorham High School. After high school, she attended Vo-Tech Nurses Aide Class in Salina, Kansas. Barbara worked many years in the Hays and Great Bend communities in health care, fulfilling her desire to help others in need.

Survivors include her mother, Lillian Nowak, Salina, KS; her brothers, David Nowak, Salina, KS; Tom Nowak and wife, Mary, Salina, KS; John Nowak, Salina, KS; her sisters, Kay Schmitt and husband, Leonard, Salina, KS; Vernetta Hammersmith, White City, KS; Marilyn Labinski, Olathe, KS; many nephews and nieces, and a lifetime of friends.

Barbara was preceded in death by her father, Vernon Nowak; her brother-in-law, Robert Hammersmith; and her sister-in-law, Pamela Nowak.

A Christian Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1:00 P.M. Sunday, June 12, 2022, at the Central Baptist Church, 3301 Lakin Ave., Great Bend, Kansas with Pastor Charlotte Maxwell officiating.

The family will receive friends at a noon luncheon that will be served at the church prior to the service.

There will be an inurnment following the services at Saint Marys Catholic Cemetery in Russell, Kansas.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials for the family payable to: Clines-Keithley Mortuary of Hays, 1919 East 22nd Street, Hays, Kansas 67601.

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