Linda Kay McManigal

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Linda Kay McManigal, 78, of Lenexa, KS, lost her battle with cancer, June 8, 2020, at the home. Many of you reading this obituary will remember the dear friend you grew to know and love. 

Linda was born on September 2, 1941, in Kansas City, Kansas, to Peter and Margaret Vogel. 

Linda met and fell in love with Russ and they were married on August 20, 1977.  They blended a family of four children and enjoyed the companionship of many rescue dogs they adopted together. Linda spent most of her life working initially as a temp secretary and steadily rose to the top as executive secretary to the president.  She loved going south for winters, attending events of grandchildren, and was well known for making the most delicious lemon meringue pies along with her kind and positive spirit. In addition to work and family, Linda loved to provide Meals on Wheels and work in the church food pantry.

There is no greater honor in this life than to love and be loved. We will forevermore honor her, daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend.

Linda is preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Margaret Vogel and granddaughter Hannah. She is survived by her husband, Russ;  her sister Gail (Mike); three daughters and their husbands and one son and his wife: Lori and Eric, Pam and Brian, Kelly and Fred, Scott and Bernadette; nine grandchildren: Ryan, Kyle (Molly), Ted (Claire), Matt, Austin (Mandee), Blake, Ben, Zac and Caleb; two great-granddaughters: Rory and Elliott; and another great-grandson is expected in October. 

We are a family bound together in love and faith; we know Linda is at peace; we know we will see her again. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6


Services will be private, for immediate family only, due to the current COVID situation. The service will be streamed live on Monday, June 15th at 7pm. Viewers may go to, then select the button that says “Linda McManigal Celebration of Life”.

Memorial Contributions

Condolences may be expressed at In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Central Church of the Nazarene, 12600 W 87th St Pkwy, Lenexa, KS 66215.


  1. Donald Stroup on July 4, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    Sorry to hear of Linda’s passing and the loss of another treasured classmate of Wyandotte’59. Thankful that we got to see and visit with Linda several months ago when she was coaxed to attend one of our class luncheons at Pegah’s restaurant.
    Prayers and condolences for the family. May she Rest In Peace.
    Don Stroup
    chairman reunion committee

  2. Brenda Nicholas on June 15, 2020 at 8:51 am

    I am sorry to hear of Linda’s passing! Loved playing Bunko with her! Linda was always a delightful person and I enjoyed talking with her! Praying for you Russ and for the family!

  3. Latecia Mills on June 14, 2020 at 8:15 pm

    A delightful lady.

  4. Dan and Judy Williams on June 14, 2020 at 11:13 am

    Russ and Family

    Please know our prayers are with you. While we grieve not having Linda in our lives now, we celebrate her and the joy and happiness she brought to so many. May God wrap his protective arms around you and give you strength and peace.

  5. Therese Reynolds on June 13, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    Linda and I served lunch sometimes at Shelter KC, a women’s rescue mission. I will never forget the time when we sat down with the ladies and were asked to give our testimonies.
    The Holy Spirit met us there and the whole group of ladies, felt such a powerful anointing!
    I always liked having Linda in my group at bible study and Formation Group, she was always so positive and gave such good input.
    She will be missed by me and others at Central Church of the Nazarene.

  6. Radelle Ballantyne on June 13, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    So sorry Russ for your loss. I will remember Linda as a friend, & bunco partner.

  7. Melinda Luthye on June 12, 2020 at 6:27 pm

    Linda had such a positive impact on so many people; her family, friends, acquaintances and those that she helped through volunteering. I became friends and Christian accountability buddies with Linda just a few years ago through Central Church of the Nazarene. Linda often felt guilty for not doing enough to help others. What she didn’t see was how much she was helping through each of her endeavors, whether family, bible study, volunteering, etc… I hope when it’s my time to be called home that I hear what I’m confident she heard: (chorus of Well Done by The Afters)
    Well done, well done
    My good and faithful one
    Welcome to the place where you belong
    Well done, well done
    My beloved child
    You have run the race and now you’re home
    Welcome to the place where you belong

  8. Theresa Van Pelt on June 12, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    Dearest Russ and Family,
    I was saddened to hear of Linda’s passing. I thought that this summer I would try to get all of our “cousins” together…but with the Virus, those plans were cancelled. I really enjoyed loving you both, as you were a special couple in my heart and prayer. Linda was always so dear to my heart growing up, when we would play at grandma’s house or see each other at family reunions. She was in our wedding, so dear. God gave her a good life with you, Russ, and all of your blessed loved ones. Keeping Linda in fond memory and prayer, and also, you and all of the children. We live in the moment, and trust and love God. He loves us more than we can realize, and He calls us home when He wants us with Him in heaven. Linda will meet all of our loved ones and will always be with us in our hearts, beautiful memories, her radiant smile, and sweetness. Thank you, Jesus , for the Gift she is, and for all of you, her family. Loving you. Theresa and Ken in Heart. May Jesus comfort you and your family in all of your needs and cares. JMJ…a prayer.

  9. Tom Rockey on June 12, 2020 at 2:52 pm

    Sorry for your loss. Sandy and I will keep you and your family in our prayers.
    Friendship is a wonderful thing, sorry you lost
    Your best one.
    Tom & Sandy Rockey

  10. Shelly Finley on June 12, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    My heart breaks for Russ, Lori, Pam and family. It’s hard to let go of those we love so dearly. What we can find peace in is that Linda is no longer dwelling in her disease ridden body but in the arms of Jesus! Linda and Russ always welcomed me into their home and I felt as if I was a part of their extended family. We will cherish the memories we had with you. Linda, I just wish you can have met my Prince. You were right!! I had to kiss a lot of frogs before I found him. Rest in Peace sweet lady. Until we see you again! Much Love, Shelly Finley

  11. Nick Filing on June 12, 2020 at 11:40 am

    Russ and Lori,
    We are deeply saddened by your loss of Linda. While we have not known Linda but for a couple of years, we have been blessed by being neighbors and have discovered mutual acquaintances and connections that made for great conversation and getting to know each other. We loved seeing her on walks with Mia whom she loved and deeply cared for. Thank you, Lord, for Linda’s life here on earth and her impact on so many people.
    Nick and Sherri Filing

  12. Ralph Steinbacher & Rose on June 12, 2020 at 10:50 am

    Sorry for your loss. Will keep her in our prayers.
    Thanks Russ for being a friend.

  13. Carol Brown Hackett on June 11, 2020 at 7:10 pm

    “Such a sweet lady”
    Linda always had a soft spot in my heart. With a beautiful smile and caring attitude, she
    has made her mark on the world by giving of herself to her family, friends and people in need.
    I met Linda through the American Business Women’s Association in 1986. Also enjoyed our
    Bunco games each month for many years.
    She was a gem and I will miss her. RIP Linda until we meet again!

  14. Bobbie Smith on June 11, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Linda was a neighbor and a smart lady with a positive, sunny smile and quick sense of humor. We will miss her at neighborhood parties and our book club.

  15. Mark and Maria Rezac on June 11, 2020 at 10:44 am

    Our deepest sympathies! Eric and Lori are close friends and neighbors and we have been blessed to be included in lots of family events, many of which Linda and Russ have been a part of. Linda always had a smile and warm greeting for us when we walked into the room and that will be missed. But her earthly battle is now over and she is in eternal paradise with Jesus! Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family. May you all use your good memories as a reminder of her important role in your lives. And whenever, wherever, you see a Lemon Meringue Pie, know that it’s her saying hello and that she loves you very much!
    Mark and Maria Rezac

  16. Ruth Leaton on June 10, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    I have known and loved Linda as a dear friend, Bible study participate, small group friend, and blessing. While I am sad today ( memories are flooding my mind), I know that Linda is rejoicing in the presence of our Lord and Savior,Jesus. No more pain or tears, cancer is such an awful disease.
    I had the destinct joy watching her journey of peace and closeness over the years in Bible study to the Lord. She was always the first person to volunteer her home for our Bible study parties for any holiday. What fun and talks we had during those times. She was such a servant even when we met in my home. She loved to pray for her families. As said earlier, keep in touch with us Russ.

    I will miss her sweet smile and the pleasure of her company.I know she has heard the words “well done my good and faithful servant”!

    Roger and i extend our deep sympathy and fond regards to Russ and her family.

    • Andrea Mosher on June 16, 2020 at 4:30 pm

      I can’t express the sadness I feel in losing my wonderful friend and fellow dog lover. I know, however, that she is no longer suffering and in pain. She is truly in a better place sitting next to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Linda was a beautiful person inside and out. I will always cherish our friendship and the many times we shared, the wonderful talks and walks and meals shared. She will be missed. Russ, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. God’s Peace

  17. Gary and Amelia on June 10, 2020 at 1:46 pm

    Our hearts are extremely saddened to hear that Linda is no longer here with her family and friends, but we are rejoicing that she is no longer struggling with the awful disease of cancer and has now come into the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It was such an honor to have been in a small group with her, attend church with her, and have she and Russ in our home. We will always remember her beautiful smile and her heart for her Lord. Russ – please keep in touch – you’re in our thoughts and prayers. Gary and Millie Anderson

    • Amelia Anderson on June 15, 2020 at 7:52 pm

      Gary and I just listened online to Linda’s beautiful memorial service. I’ll always remember this very special lady when I read the story of Lazarus, Mary and Martha. Such a lovely tribute to a lovely lady! To Russ and the entire family – blessings of precious memories forever! Until we meet again. Gary and Millie Anderson

  18. Michael and Linda Tyrrell on June 10, 2020 at 11:14 am

    Our Dear Dear Friend – Linda and Russ stood up with Michael and I when we got married. We shared a lot of good times together. She was a big part of our lives and will be greatly missed. We send our love and prayers to the family. May God help ease the pain you are going through.

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