She was born May 16, 1932 at Muscotah the daughter of Russell and Gladys Sisco Hollenbeck. Rowena moved to Topeka at an early age and graduated from Topeka High School.
Rowena had worked at Nellie’s Variety Store in Rossville and clerked sales for her son. She was a member of the Rossville United Methodist Church and the UMW at the church. Rowena was a charter member (65 years) of Jimmie Lillard Post No. 31 of the American Auxiliary in Rossville. She enjoyed sewing, quilting and crafts. Rowena collected Raggedy Ann Dolls and had made many as gifts.
On January 6, 1950 she was united in marriage to Leo H. Gannon. He preceded her in death on April 28, 2017. Rowena was also preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Bud, Dee and Dwayne; sisters, Norma, Marilyn and Bonnie.
Survivors include two sons, Randell (Cindy) Gannon, Rossville and Vern (Sherri) Gannon, Manhattan; a daughter, Linda Lake, Manhattan; 5 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Piper Funeral Home in St. Marys. Interment will be in the Rossville Cemetery. Mrs. Gannon will lie in state and the family will receive friends from 6:00 until 7:30, Friday, May 18, 2018 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jimmie Lillard Post No. 31 of the American Legion Auxiliary and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple Street, St. Marys, Kansas 66536. The family wishes to thank Dr. Cahoj and the staff at St. Marys Manor for their loving care. To leave online condolences please go to www.piperfuneralhome.com.