Janice C. Zager, age 83, of Wisconsin Rapids, passed away Friday, April 23, 2021 at Arborwood Lodge Assisted Living in Wisconsin Rapids.
Services will be at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at St. John Lutheran Church in Kellner. Rev. Kevin Ader will officiate. Burial will be at Forest Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, April 27 at Herman-Taylor Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids and from 10:00 A.M. until the time of services on Wednesday at the church.
Jan was born May 22, 1937 in Wisconsin Rapids to Edward and Esther (Meyers) Saeger. She lost her mother in a car/train accident in October 1944. Jan was hospitalized for two months with leg and facial injuries from the accident, and moved in with her grandparents Nels and Minnie Meyers until her father remarried Camelia Anderson. Jan attended schools in Wisconsin Rapids, graduating from Lincoln High School in 1955.
After school, Jan worked in accounting at Riverview Hospital, Preway, and the Town of Grand Rapids, where she served as Town Treasurer for 26 years, retiring in 2004.
She married Eugene Zager on November 1, 1958 in Wisconsin Rapids. They were blessed with 62 years of marriage and two children, Gregory and Sheri.
Jan was a longtime member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wisconsin Rapids where she taught Sunday School for many years. She was also active in the Immanuel Lutheran School PTL for many years. She was a member of the Grand Rapids Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary and enjoyed working at the annual fireman’s picnic.
Jan devoted her entire life to her family. She was a very caring person and enjoyed helping others. She was a caretaker for many family members over the years: her aunt Hazel in Florida, grandparents, father and step-mother, and her father-in-law. Jan loved traveling and was always the one to plan the trips. Jan, Gene and their family went to many places throughout the United States.
Jan went on a mission trip to Guatemala with a group from Immanuel Lutheran Church. She would later return to Guatemala with her daughter, Sheri, to bring her adopted grandchildren Laura and Amy into the family.
Jan is survived by her loving husband, Gene; son, Gregory (Shelly) Zager of Sturgeon Bay; daughter, Sheri (Gary) Lippitt of Waunakee; and grandchildren: Laura Lippitt, Amy Lippitt, Justin Zager, and Kayla Arbter. She is preceded in death by her parents, step-mother, brother James, and many other relatives.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to Immanuel Lutheran Church and School or St. John Lutheran Church in Kellner.
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