Irene P. Nowland - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Irene P. Nowland

April 8, 1926 - February 4, 2024

Irene P. Nowland, age 97, of Delaware City, DE, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, February 4, 2024.

Born in Conemaugh, PA, on April 8, 1926, she was a daughter of the late Peter and Anna (Thomas) Panchisin. Irene served as a cadet nurse during World War II. She began her career as a registered nurse at West Chester Hospital, and later with the State of Delaware for 39 years at Governor Bacon Health Center and Colonial School District.

An avid bowler, Irene spent 2 to 3 days a week at the bowling alley until she was 93 years old. She enjoyed living in Pine Island, FL part time, where she was a member of the Elks and Moose Lodges. Irene was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary American Legion, Robert L. Taylor Post #13 and St. Paul’s R.C. Church in Delaware City.

In addition to her parents, Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas L. Nowland, Jr.; and siblings, Thomas Panchisin and Dorothy Roberts. She is survived by her children, Thomas L. Nowland III (Donna R. Moore) and Kathy L. Lowe (Chuck Janiszewski); grandchildren, Michael Lowe (Alexis) and Matthew Lowe (Amanda); great-grandchildren, Cacey, Riley, and Colby; and many nieces and nephews.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 1 pm until 2 pm on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 275 East Main Street, Middletown, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 2 pm. A committal service will be held at 10 am on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, in the chapel of Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Irene’s memory to AccentCare Hospice, 17855 North Dallas Parkway, Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75287 or online by clicking here.


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14 Condolences for Irene P. Nowland

  • To the entire family, most especially Kathy, Tom, Donna and Michael, I’m so sorry for your loss. It was such a brief experience with Irene and caring for her was a great pleasure. Although it wasn’t a long time with you all, but I feel like I been around your family for a long time. Thanks for being so warm and welcoming. I hope and pray that God will continue to strengthen you and grant you some peace. May her soul rest perfectly in heavenly peace. 🙏

  • I have lots of great memories of working with Pan at Gunning Bedford. I can still hear her saying “ Every day’s a holiday!” A wonderful, wonderful woman. She will be missed.

  • We are very sorry for the loss of your Mother. We hope you find peace in your memories of her.

  • Dear Tommy, Kathy and Family, My deepest condolences on the loss of your dear mother. I remember her fondly from school as a wonderful school nurse and also welcoming to your home when Kathy and I played together. My memories of her were of a cheerful, compassionate woman. With fond remembrance, Theresa Bleyer Hughes

  • My Heartfelt Condolences to the Family on the Loss of Ms. Nowland, hold tight to all the wonderful memories and each other to get through this difficult time. My thoughts and Prayers are with all of you.

  • Dear Tommy, was so very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. May the fond memories of times spent together sustain you during these difficult times. Sending you and your family my happiest thoughts and most heartfelt prayers. Sincerely, AM

  • Rest in Peace friend and hope you are enjoying bowling again. I have been lucky to know and work with her and her late husband prior for almost 2 decades. I know she was blessed with family all around her, and fortunate to live a long active life.
    Prayers for her big family, she will be missed.

  • Kathy & Family,

    My sincerest condolences. Sending you love, hugs and praying for comfort.

    Love always ❤️

  • Tommy, my condolences go out to you and your family. Be comforted by the fact that your mom was blessed to live a long full life. I’m actually writing this on my own mom’s birthday, so I know the value of the family bond. Treasure your memories of her.

  • So sad to hear this news. Hope you and Dot are knocking the pins down again. Rest in peace my friend!

  • Kathy and the Family,

    My deepest condolences! I know there are no words that can ease your pain and sadness but you’re are in my thoughts and prayers . Sending healing prayers and comfort during this difficult period.
    Yudis Moreta

  • Kathy and Family,
    I am so deeply sorry for the loss of your matriarch. Praying that you all find comfort and strength through this difficult time.
    With sympathy,
    Tiana Stephens

  • Kathy,
    My heart felt condolences! Wishing you strength and comfort during this difficult time.
    Mabel Rivera

  • Kathy and family,

    We are very sorry for your loss. 🙏