Linda R. Wax

Linda R. Wax

February 20, 1942 – November 2, 2020


Born to George and Maxine Rich in Idaho Falls, ID.

Linda was a woman who loved to sing and surround herself with music.  She was an active member in both her church choirs in Omaha, NE and Rio Verde, AZ, and could often be heard singing around the home and in the car.

Raised in Aberdeen, SD, Linda graduated from Aberdeen Central High School in 1960.  She attended Northern State College for one year before moving on to Clarkson College of Nursing in Omaha, graduating in 1964.  Linda met her husband, Ron, a medical student at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, during this time and the couple married in September 1964.

Ron’s medical training took them to Newport, RI, where they lived during his naval service and daughters Susan and Libby were born.  Ron’s residency brought the family back to Omaha in 1969 and daughter Anne was born in 1972.  The family then remained in Omaha where Ron began his practice in OB-GYN.

A woman with an always warm and welcoming heart, Linda loved to surround herself with friends and family and led her life with a strong dedication to those she loved and the community around her.  With her children all in school, Linda became an active volunteer in the community where her organizational and leadership skills quickly became evident serving as the President of the Westside Schools Volunteer Council, both Showhouse Chairman and President of the Omaha Symphony Guild, member of the Omaha Symphony Debutante Ball Committee, President of the Methodist Hospital Foundation Board, member of the Methodist College Board and President of the Methodist Hospital Volunteers in Partnership and was honored with their Crystal Dove award.  Her leadership efforts continued even after retirement in her golf groups, book clubs and the Homeowners Association Board in their AZ retirement community.

Linda was a creative soul who became an avid knitter and quilter in her retirement life, ensuring all her grandbabies had a beautiful quilt awaiting them upon their arrival and stockings and trees skirts for each family at Christmas.  She enjoyed traveling with Ron and their friends, taking in the beautiful scenery and experiences wherever she went.  Recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, her love for her family and friends and sense of optimism never ceased.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Maxine Rich and George Rich.  She is survived by her husband, Ron; sister, Kathleen Getty; brother, Tim Rich; daughters, Susan (Andrew) McIntyre, Libby (David) Stiles and Anne (Michael) Gacek; grandchildren: Jackson McIntyre, Reid McIntyre, Marlee McIntyre, Mia Stiles, Hailey Stiles, Cooper Stiles and Janie Gacek.

A Private Family Service with live stream available will be held Friday, November 6th at 1:30 pm.  Memorials directed to: Westside Community Schools Foundation, Methodist Hospital Foundation and the Omaha Symphony Association.

To view a live broadcast of the Service, go to and click the “View Live Service” button on the homepage.




  • tom and Mary dougherty Posted November 5, 2020 8:11 am

    we pray that you have strength and faith in the days ahead

  • Susan Dan Mathers Posted November 5, 2020 9:07 am

    With heartfelt sympathy and prayers for you and your family. I have loved knowing Linda the passed 18 years.
    She was a special lady who loved family, friends and enjoyed the groups she participated with a smile and enthusiasm.

  • Mary Forsstrom Posted November 5, 2020 9:23 am

    Love you forever💖🙏

  • Susan Garcia Posted November 5, 2020 10:18 am

    I was so saddened to learn of Linda’s passing. I know Linda from PCOC where we were in the same exercise class. She always had a smile on her face, pleasant to all, and I must say she was as beautiful on the outside as she was on the inside. I will miss standing by Linda if our exercise class can ever resume because of the pandemic. My sincere sympathy to Ron and the family.

  • Kathleen Getty Posted November 5, 2020 10:43 am

    MY sympathy to your family. I will miss my marathon phone calls with Linda to catch up on all the grandchildren

  • Glynn and Shirley Rossa Posted November 5, 2020 12:42 pm

    Our prayers for you Ron now and through these troubling times. Her smile and good cher will always be missed.

  • Norm and Jerry Pilcher Posted November 5, 2020 1:31 pm

    Ron, Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. We will miss our dear Linda very much. Love, Jerry and Norm

  • Mary Jane Camero Posted November 5, 2020 3:16 pm

    Ron and girls,I am so sorry for your loss of your sweet Linda.I enjoyed our recent conversation at our granddaughters volleyball game. I know they were one of her pride and joy.. yours sincerely,your former patient and dental hygienist. Mary Jane

  • Susan Stalnaker Posted November 5, 2020 3:49 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear of Linda’s passing. She was always so kind and made me laugh especially at PEO summer sewing. What a wonderful lady.

  • Elizabeth Wessling Medrano Posted November 5, 2020 8:37 pm

    My deepest condolence. Your mother sounds like a beautiful person. I know she’ll live on through you in your children. God bless you and your family.

  • Mac and Sharon Posted November 5, 2020 8:38 pm

    Ron we are holding you all close …sending much love and hugs to you all

  • Les/Marlie Broadbent Posted November 6, 2020 12:30 pm

    Thinking of you & your family.

  • petrea p white Posted November 6, 2020 12:39 pm

    I only knew Linda from meeting(s) at the Planansky family reunions. She was always kind and gracious. Blessings to Ron and the family.

  • Bev Neal Posted November 6, 2020 1:23 pm

    I am so sad at Linda’s passing. Sincere sympathies. RIP, my friend

  • Barbara and Jon Elliott Posted November 6, 2020 1:44 pm

    Sincere sympathy to you all. Hope all your memories will sustain you. Love seeing her smile.
    God bless you!

  • Linda Cunnningham Posted November 6, 2020 3:09 pm

    Still reeling from Linda’s passing. She was so much the sunshine of our Kloppel Klan. Thanks for bringing her into our family, Ron. Sending love to all of you. Take care of yourselves as you travel this difficult journey.

  • Chuck and Betty Baddley Posted November 6, 2020 3:40 pm

    Heaven has a beautiful new angel and surely, the choirs there welcome her with open arms! She leaves a big void in our exercise fellowship, our choir, our theater fun-nights, our gatherings to dream adventures and sing songs and dance (free style) and eat! (even gluten free!) Our time here with Linda was too short, but we will re-group in glory and celebrate with a “Follies” like Heaven has never imagined. Ron, what a shame that we didn’t get you and your lovely partner to “Dancing with the Stars”. You both will always hold a special place in our hearts, and the wonderful memories we shared will lighten our spirits and live on forever – with much joy and thanksgiving. Peace, Hope, Love to you and your dear family as your move through these times of adjustment and healing. Linda touched us with grace and beauty, and we were blessed to have her in our lives. We share your grief and loss – please find strength and comfort in the Love that surrounds you now.

  • Darrell Stuedemann Posted November 7, 2020 4:01 pm

    When I joined the Presbyterian Church of Cross 4 years ago, I sat behind :Linda. I introduced myself and received a warm friendly welcome to the group. Soon after I met her husband, Ron, and received the same type of welcome. I will miss Linda and wish you comfort and peace, Ron.

  • Darlene Gardner Posted November 9, 2020 8:34 am

    We will miss Linda very much. I had the pleasure of working and playing with her in golf and book clubs.
    She always had a smile, and a kind word. I send prayers for comfort to Ron and family.

  • Bob and Andy Bauman Posted November 9, 2020 5:15 pm

    For Ron and Family,
    Bob and I were so shocked and saddened to hear of Linda’s passing. We were fortunate to have known Linda at Tonto Verde and we will all miss her smiling face and charming singing voice. We send you all our thoughts and prayers from Wisconsin.

  • Carol Lynch Posted November 10, 2020 6:47 am

    Dear Ron and Family,
    We are so sorry to learn of Linda’s recent death. She was a gracious lady who cared for all and made the world a better place. May you find comfort in your good memories in the days and months to come.
    Bob and Carol Lynch

  • Tom Sampson Posted November 15, 2020 9:20 am

    Linda, Ron and family. Thinking and praying for and with all of you. When my Mom died in 2002, I read from John’s Gospel chapter 14 verses 1-6. “In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places… I go to prepare a place for you.” God is with all of you now and forever. – Tom Sampson, Aberdeen Central High class of 1960.

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