Barbara Kay (Niemi) Ruffing

Born: Wed., Sep. 10, 1952
Died: Mon., Jan. 4, 2021


12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, Sat., Jan. 09, 2021
Location: Stiehl-Dawson Funeral Home- Nokomis Location

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Sat., Jan. 09, 2021
Location: Stiehl-Dawson Funeral Home- Nokomis Location

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Barbara Kay Ruffing, 68, of Nokomis passed away Monday, January 4, 2021 at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, Illinois.

Barb was born September 10, 1952 to Rufus and Lillian (Behnke) Niemi.  She was a graduate of Nokomis High School.  She married Henry “Hank” Ruffing on December 30, 1969 in Nokomis.

Barbara was employed by the State of Illinois as an Account Supervisor. 

In addition to her husband, Hank she is survived by her daughters Sarina M. O’Malley of Nokomis and Jessica L. (Michael) Martin of Plainfield; sister, Kathy (Ed) Hargrave of Bingham; brother Carl (Norma) Niemi of Coalton; grandchildren Mackenzie (Seth) Bowers, Dolan O’Malley, Mia Martin and Sophia Martin.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her son-in-law Kevin O’Malley.

Private family funeral services are planned and the family is being assisted by Stiehl Dawson Funeral Home of Nokomis.  Online condolences can be left at

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Gail Keller Jayne
   Posted Tue January 05, 2021
Sarina and family, so sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Gail

Cheryl PoteetMilt
   Posted Tue January 05, 2021
Hank and family.
So sorry to hear of Barb’s passing. She was a good friend and will be deeply missed. Cheryl Poteet Milt

Tracy Mills
   Posted Wed January 06, 2021
Sorry for your loss .. From Ron Mills And Family

Kathy McCallum
   Posted Wed January 06, 2021
Sarina & Family,

I am so sorry to hear of Barb's passing. I will never forget how kind she always was to me. May God give you strength & peace. You are in my thoughts & prayers, Kathy McCallum

Roseann bogard
   Posted Wed January 06, 2021
So saddened by this prayers and thoughts to Hank and family

Susie Gonet Danner
   Posted Thu January 07, 2021
Hank and family, so sorry for your loss. I have not seen Barb in some time, but always loved her sense of humor and he always smiling. Love to you all. Susie and Fred Danner

Brenda Bauman
   Posted Thu January 07, 2021
Hank and family,
So sorry to hear of Barbs passing. I always rem. her as being a sweet and fun person. You are in my prayers.
Brenda Bauman

Jennifer L. Friesland
   Posted Thu January 07, 2021
Dear Kathy, I just learned about Barb yesterday, from Shelley. I am so very sorry, Kathy. 😥 💔 Hoping you were able to be with her some, in the hospital. You and Barb looked so much alike and so beautiful! I'm sending you a hug and PLEASE let me know what I can do for you and your family. OK? Just call or text me, please, anytime. I tried to call today and will try again in a few days. Please give Hank and Sarina my sympathy. With love, my forever friend. Jennifer 🙏❣

Susan M Bynum
   Posted Fri January 08, 2021
Our prayers for God's peace to comfort you, and precious loving memories to hold in your hearts. Much love from Cousins Patty, Susie, Mark and families.

Stephen Jaros
   Posted Thu January 28, 2021
Cousin Hank and Family...Martha and I wish to express our condolences and sad feelings as we just learned of Barbara's passing...we still remember you and she being there when my sister, Dorothy Ann, left us many years past...may our Father's blessings and the Holy Spirit's support be with you and your Family as Barbara's physical absence will now be with all...Cousin SteveJ, Temple Terrace, FL

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