Jane Wine Zigler Stover, 91, of Harrisonburg went to be with our Lord on March 19, 2020. She was born on April 12, 1928 in Harrisonburg to John Michael and Mary Anna Wine Zigler.

Jane graduated from Dayton High School in 1945 where she was the senior class treasurer and involved in school plays. In 1948, Jane graduated as a registered nurse from Rockingham Memorial Hospital. She worked as nurse at the hospital in Fredericksburg and in Harrisonburg. In the late 50s to early 60s she was the first person in the state of Virginia to teach a nurse’s aide class at the high school level, while living in Culpeper. Later she taught a similar class in Warsaw.

On August 21, 1948 Jane married James Norwood Stover, who preceded her in death on March 2, 1995. She moved back to Harrisonburg in 2005 to be near her daughters, and her brother, John Edgar Zigler and wife, Joyce Clatterbuck Zigler, both of whom predeceased her.

Besides teaching and having a huge impact on many students, Jane was very active in her churches in Culpeper, Warsaw, and here at her hometown church, Otterbein UMC, where her mother was organist for 33 years. The ladies at Warsaw UMC looked forward every Christmas to a special pro-gram that she presented. She also was active with the Warsaw church bazaar every fall and with volunteering for the American Cancer Society.

Jane is survived by her daughters, Jan Stover (Simmons) Miller and husband, Darryl “Moose” from Harrisonburg, and Jyl Stover Gamble and husband, Bill from Bridgewater. She has three grandchildren, James Clifford Simmons and wife, Patsy, Jennifer G. Hartzler and husband, Andrew, and Jacquelyn C. Boshart and husband, Ryan; four great-grandchildren, Jake, Josh, Joel, and Jessica Simmons; a niece, Beverley Z. Nelson; and two nephews, John “Eddie” Zigler and James Phillip Cleer. She loved spending time with family and friends, and cooked wonderful meals.

In addition to teaching, church work, and raising a family, Jane found time to paint landscapes, etc. in acrylics for family and friends. While in high school, she took lessons from her former second grade teacher and her first works were done in pastels. She loved to paint old building like her father’s log cabin birthplace in Broadway, Blandensfield in Richmond County and her child home on Port Republic Road. She also painted water scenes of the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers and her beloved Lake Louisa at Blue Ridge Shores. She water-skied on this lake until age 65. Jane also drove the boat and she and Jim taught many family members and friends how to water-ski.

The family would like to thank al the staff at VMRC for her care, especially those at Brunk House.

There will be a private graveside service at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens. A memorial service will be held at Otterbein UMC at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Cubs for a Cure, 420 Neff Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22801; Otterbein UMC, 176 W. Market Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22802, or Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA, 2170 Old Furnace Rd., Harrisonburg, VA 22802, where she adopted her cat, JJ.

Arrangements handled by Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www. lindseyhar-risonburg.com.

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