Gretchen Lenore Parker Cowan, 75, died unexpectedly Friday, September 1, 2017 at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.

Gretchen Lenore Parker Cowan, 75, died unexpectedly Friday, September 1, 2017 at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.  
Born in Burlingame, Kansas on February 18, 1942 the youngest of six children of Lester Reginald Parker and Gladys Fern Droegemeier Parker. She was raised in Leavenworth, Kansas from age 8.  She graduated from Leavenworth High School and shortly thereafter married Oran Earl Hanson.  They had three children before divorcing.  
She later married Settimo Trapani, Jr and they had a daughter together.  
Her third husband was the love of her life, Ronald Marc Cowan, who preceded her in death (2001) as well as her parents and four siblings. While married to Ron she achieved her lifelong dream of returning to and graduating from college. She attended Kansas University where she studied Occupational Therapy and finished with a BS from Saint Mary College in Psychology. She had a passion for animal rescue, Bavarian folk art painting, baking, reading, and crossword puzzles. She retired from Leavenworth School District as a substitute teacher.
She is survived by her four children: Sonja (Ron) Goodman of Holladay, Utah, Lisa (David) Hattok, Lantz (Christy) Trapani of Leavenworth, Kansas, and Gia (Jennifer Orton) Trapani of Kansas City, Missouri; 10 grandchildren: Aaron (Tiffany) Jones, Tyler (Nadalee) Anderson, Kira (Efrain) Morfin, Seth (Courtney) Trapani, Stephanie (Evan) Wallace, Lauren (Adam) Herndon, Mariah (Daniel) Payne, Chantz (Cheynenne) Trapani, Rachel Hattok and Maggie Trapani; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Celebration of Life will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday September 9, 2017 at Riverfront Community Center, 123 S. Esplanade St, Leavenworth, Kansas.  In lieu of flowers please feel free to make a donation to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.  
Arrangements have been entrusted to Belden-Larkin Funeral Home and Cremation Services. Condolences may be sent to www.beldenlarkin.com.