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Rowena M. Gannon

May 16, 2018

Rowena M. Gannon, 86, of Rossville passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at the St. Marys Manor.

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.



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6 thoughts on “Rowena M. Gannon

  1. We are so sorry to have missed your Mother’s funeral. We were in Colorado at the time. You have our sympathy and love.

    Joe & Pauline Conley
    Delia, KS

  2. Vern and Sherrie,

    We are so sorry to read of the passing of your mother – our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

    Carolyn Miller and family

  3. We want to offer our sympathy to Vern and Sherri and ,the Gannon family. Our prayers are with you.
    Kathryn (Vandahl) Nelson and
    Ramona (Vandahl) Johnston

  4. Rowena was such a sweet lady. She & Leo were like two peas in a pod, where you saw one, you usually saw the other one, or close by. They’re back together & at peace now. She, as Leo, are deeply missed in the Rossville community. Great people. So glad we had the pleasure to have known them both. Our deepest sympathy in your loss. May She Rest In Peace & God Speed……

  5. Aunt Reenie was, in my heart, and I told her this more than once, like a 2nd mother to me. So shall she always remain. A wonderful person whose presence will be missed by all.

  6. Rowena was such a grand lady. It was an honor to know both her and Leo. Our sympathy goes out to all of her family. She will be missed by so many.

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