Jul 15, 1922---Jul 29, 2022

 Rose Patricia DiPalma Manica, 100, Olathe, Kansas, passed away Friday, July 29, 2022,  two weeks after her 100th birthday party, where she lived at Santa Marta Retirement Health Services. Family services will be private. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to Catholic Community Hospice, Catholic Charities and City Union Mission

Rose was born July 15, 1922, in Tewksbury,  Massachusetts, a child of Italian immigrants.  She was a graduate of Tewksbury High School and later in life graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Business Administration Degree from Oakland Community College in Oakland, Michigan. At age 19 she married Lawrence S. Manica and they had one son, Lawrence (Larry) A. Manica.

The family moved to Detroit, Michigan in 1950 where she started her secretarial career. Rose served as a Secretary in the Accounting offices of the Chrysler Corporation in Warren, Michigan, Secretary to the Budget Director of the City of Detroit, Secretary to the President of the Abitibi Corporation of Birmingham, Michigan and Secretary in the Executive Offices of the Tractor Division of Ford Motor Company in Troy, Michigan. Her professional activities included Vice President and President of the National Secretaries Association of Oakland County as well as being honored  as Secretary of the Year.

Following her retirement from Ford Motor Corporation, they moved to Lee's Summit, Missouri. In 1988, while in Lee's Summit, she attended classes to become a Real Estate Agent. Rose became licensed in both Missouri and Kansas and became a Million Dollar producer for Reece Nichols, with a career that lasted 20 years.

Following her husband's death in 1994, she moved to Overland Park, Kansas continuing her Real Estate profession.

In 2007 she moved into Santa Marta Retirement Community and enjoyed participating in their many activities. Her hobbies include ballroom dancing, reading and cooking.  Ballroom dancing became her new focus.  As she advanced, she won numerous 1st place awards in competitions until 2015, when at age 93, she won First Place in her division of the Heart of America Ballroom Dance Competition.

Rose is survived by her son Larry Manica (wife Charla), grandsons David Manica (Noelle), Darin Manica (Kirsten) and Drew Manica (Chelsea) and 13 great grandchildren.  She is also survived by a special niece Mardi DiPalma.  



Anthony DiPalma Jul 30 ,2022

Aunt Rose was a very blessed and special lady!will keep her in my thoughts and prayers


client/friend ,PRAIRIE VILLAGE ,Kansas

Dear Larry and Charla and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Hopefully you have had many graced and cherished times and memories with her throughout your lifetime. May she rest always in God's peace! Prayerfully, Pat Centner

Terry & Teresa Hunt Aug 01 ,2022

friends ,Lees Summit ,Missouri

My husband & I were neighbors of Rose & Larry on Bordner Dr. We were 2 of the 1st families to move in that summer (1986). Larry and Terry used to walk around and explore the new houses being built. They really enjoyed each other. I always had such good visits with Rose, sitting at her kitchen table.We still live here and still talk about the good times we had with them; such happy memories of two wonderful people! Our sincere sympathy to your family.

Rosemarie DiPalma Haag Aug 02 ,2022

Niece ,SPARTA ,North Carolina

Aunt Rose will always hold a special place in my heart. She was truly a wonderful lady, a light that will now shine from above. I will keep her in my thoughts and prayers.

Suzanne DiPalma Aug 02 ,2022

Niece ,Sparta ,North Carolina

Aunt Rose was a very special, sweet and funny lady. I will miss talking and joking with her. Will keep her in my thoughts and prayers.

Joanne Simonetti (DiPalma) Aug 02 ,2022

Niece ,Saginaw ,Michigan

Aunt Rose was one of 10 siblings who always found a way to make you feel like you were the only person in the room when she was talking to you, even when ALL the DiPalma's got together and there were 20+ nieces and nephews causing all kinds of chaos. My favorite memories of her were at Christmas. She was down to earth, honest and funny. I know she's with her family looking over all of us from above. Condolences to the family

Christy castle Aug 03 ,2022

Friend of the family ,Oldsmar ,Florida

To the Manica family, I am so sorry to hear that Larry’s mother and the boys grandmother but she is in heaven. sorry for your loss . You will be my iprayers. You all new mother Naomi she had passed away 1 yr and -almost 6 months.ago.