Lorraine Gangel


Lorraine Gangel, 88, of Overland Park, Kansas passed away October 3, 2013. Memorial service will be held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 11300 W 103rdStreet, Overland Park, on Monday, October 7, 2013 with visitation at 10 AM and services at 11 AM.

She was preceded in death by husband, Robert Hall, and brothers, John and Sam Cupples.

She is survived by her husband, Francis Gangel, Lenexa. Surviving children are Bob Hall, Doug (Sandy) Hall, Vicki Keith, Overland Park, Michael Hall, St Louis, Renee (David) Brockett, Hanover, IN, Kevin (Sandra) Gangel, Edmonton Alberta, 14 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren . She is also survived by siblings Bernice Ingram, Dale and Victor Cupples, a host of nieces, nephews, friends and extended family.

Lorraine grew up in Wichita, Kansas during the depression and was one of the many women who worked as “Rosie the Riveter” during WWII. After the war she earned a Degree in Counseling while working in Pleasanton, Kansas as one of the original “telephone operators” who connected local and long distance phone calls. Along with raising six children Lorraine continued the hobbies she loved including candle making, reading, gardening, baking and throwing dinner parties. If music was playing you would always find Lorraine on the dance floor. Fran and Lorraine built their home in Louisburg, Kansas on the family farm and were famous for their “barn dances”.  After the kids were gone she owned and operated an antique business for 15 years in Monroeville, Indiana plus put her degree to work as a counselor. After leaving Indiana, Fran and Lorraine built a home in Florence, Colorado and lived there for a few years before returning to the Kansas City area.

She was loved by all of the care-givers at Garden Terrance Alzheimer’s Facility in Overland Park and her family is immensely grateful for the dedicated care she received.

Contributions in memory of Lorraine can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.



  1. Sherrie Rutledge Hoyer on November 23, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Lorraine was a very special person in my life when I was young. She will be missed.

  2. Gay Gangel-Fayhee on October 4, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    I have so many memories of the house in Louisburg, Lorraine and Fran and the good times with my cousins.
    Bob, Doug, Michael,Vicki, Renee and Kevin I’ve always thought of your mother and my mother as “two peas in a pod”. This is very sad news for me and I am thinking of all of you and Fran with much love!

    She was a amazing woman and loved by many, many people.

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