Mary “Cecilia” Rodriguez, age 58, of Topeka, passed away at her residence on Monday, April 5, 2021.
Cecilia was born in Missouri and was raised by her parents, Clarence Robert and Mary Edith (Gibbons) Lininger in Topeka, Ks.
She was a proud employee of the state of Minnesota for 20 years. Her greatest passion was helping those people who most needed help. Recently she worked to assist individuals with successful reintegration into the community after being incarcerated. She did this with compassion and dedication up until her retirement in 2017. Cecilia took immense pride in teaching herself Spanish and becoming fluent throughout her years. This helped her not only professionally but brought great joy personally. She was exceptional at many things but what she enjoyed most was cooking, baking, playing cards, dominoes and being a master scrabble player. Above all, her family meant the world to her and she will be missed by all who loved her.
Survivors include her three sons, A.J. Anguiano and his wife Kaitlyn, Alexander Marcus Anguiano and Julian Rodriguez III; two daughters, Yvette Anguiano and Raina Rodriguez; seven grandchildren, Dartan Jr., Lyric, Nilah, Matea, A.J. Jr., Abram and Annabella; one brother, Matthew Lininger and one sister, Lori Lininger (Cheryl).
Cecilia was preceded in death by her parents.
She will lie in state at the Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home on Saturday, April 10, 2021 from noon until 1:30 P.M., with a rosary at 1:30 P.M. A Funeral Service will follow at 2:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Cremation will take place following the services.
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Arrangements entrusted to Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 SW 6th Ave., Topeka, KS 66603.