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Jan Sue Zeiger, Columbus


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Jan Sue Zeiger, 62, of Columbus, died Saturday, June 22.

She was born to Ray and Margaret Rockenbaugh. Jan graduated from Penn High School in 1969 and received a BA in Physical Education and Health from Augustana College in 1973. She married James E. “Jim” Zeiger that same year and they lived in Columbus for 35 years.

For over 12 years she served as assistant director and director for the largest older adult tutoring and mentoring program in the state of Indiana, which began as a Peace Corps/VISTA program. The program has been recently honored nationally for its excellence by the Corporation for National and Community Service. She just received a plaque from the Foster Grandparents Advisory Council for her years of dedication and devotion. She was an active member and officer of the Indiana State Association of Foster Grandparent Directors. Her commitment and drive helped over 1,000 volunteers touch the lives of thousands of children in need.

In 1987, Jan and Jim founded the Jumphound Gang, a competitive jump-rope team of national renown that made a huge difference in the lives of over 700 Columbus children.

Jan loved to garden, read, antique shop, paint, create wonderful craft items, sew and dream up ways she could spoil her impending grandchild. She is survived by her husband, Jim, and two children, James E. Zeiger Jr. of Fishers and Tracie L. Helmbrecht of Fishers; a son-in-law, Matt Helmbrecht; her sister, Sue Cripe of Greenwood; a brother, David Rockenbaugh of Chicago; and her father, Ray Rockenbaugh Jr. of Goshen. She was preceded in death by her mother, Margaret Rockenbaugh, and brother, Steven J. Rockenbaugh.

A viewing will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. The service will be on Thursday at 10 a.m. The Reverend Tom Rust will officiate. Both will be held at Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home, 3855 25th Street, Columbus, IN 47203.

You may view her video tribute after 4 p.m. Wednesday, light a virtual candle and send a message to the family via the Internet.

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