Ellen Irene Loewen of Roeland Park passed away peacefully on October 19, 2021, at the age of 88, She was born on November 20th, 1932, in Independence, Iowa to Peter Schellenberg Loewen, M.D. and Nell McLeod Loewen, M.D
She was a playful child who sometimes had too much fun, for instance, Irene was kicked out of kindergarten on the first day of school for refusing to return from recess. As she grew older, she excelled in school and graduated from Friends University with a degree in chemistry and a minor in Physics. She later went on to get her masters in elementary education.
In college, she met fellow student Ismail Middien, she helped with his English and essay, soon fell in love and married. She taught for several years but left teaching to raise her family. Irene started her own daycare and did alterations and seamstress work, she shunned modern sewing equipment, always relying on the Singer sewing machine given to her as a teen.
Irene was always very generous; often forgoing her own needs, to give money to a friend-in-need, her children and grandchildren. She opened her home to anyone or any pet in need showering them with love and shelter. She loved sweets, dessert and coffee. She enjoyed visiting museums, people watching, touring homes, gardening, high-tea and listening to Mozart. She collected Hummels, art, and antiques. Most of all she loved visiting her grandchildren and gardens, especially those filled with roses. .
Irene is survived by her four children; Lylia Kroenke (Dave), Charlie Middien (Sherry), Robert Middien (Elizabeth), Melanie Middien, nine grandchildren; Samantha House (Chris), Corbin Kroenke, James Middien, Jordan Middien, Olivia Middien, Thomas Middien, Poppy Middien, Robertson Rader, Rockford Rader and two great-grandchildren; Vincent and Vicotor House. She was predeceased by Ismail Middien.
Ellen Irene Loewen lived her life with grace, dignity and kindness that never wavered. She remains a standard for the treatment of others that all should seek. She will be forever missed and forever remembered,
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you treat others as she did, soak in all the beauty and smell of any flower, particularly that of a rose and most importantly, enjoy and cherish the time with your family.
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