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Riggenbach, Janice Laura "Jan"  
Mom died on Tuesday- her ironing day. An all-day task, this self-proclaimed ironing day. Everyone's clothes cleaned, pressed, mended, hung-up and ready to go. "It's my job to make sure the family looks fresh and clean." This is just a small glimpse of who she is and how she impacted our lives. She is always focused on others, always giving, always helping, always asking about you and yours, always happy, always talking, always laughing, always singing, always being there for us, always. All ways. Janice Laura Riggenbach, 78, left us on Tuesday without a comment, without a hug, an explanation, a cry for help, or a goodbye. Her heart, the biggest part of her, just stopped. (The official date was Wednesday, June 24) She hates long goodbyes and avoids them religiously, up to and including, Tuesday. She leaves us in turmoil, in a state of shock and inconsolable grief, stumbling and bumbling around trying to deal with all the "arrangements," but mostly trying to fill this huge hole that now resides in each of us. Allow us to give you a brief review of her life, loves and who she leaves: Janice was born on Dec. 23, 1936, in Middletown, Ohio, to her late parents, Howard "Sox" and Mary Margerum. While getting her RN degree she met (on a blind date) and married Roger D. Riggenbach MD, her husband of 58 years. She supported the family while Roger finished medical school and enlisted in the Army. Janice and Roger raised three sons as they moved to military bases from coast-to-coast, Mark, Ken and Eric. As a military wife and mother she was the cornerstone for her family through all these moves including Roger's year in Vietnam. Finally settling in Fort Walton Beach, while Roger established his medical practice, she helped establish the Medical Wives Auxiliary, working in support of the community. She became one of the early members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. She was a Charter member of LWML; this is where she began to work with those that needed it most: women that were victims of domestic violence, children (born and unborn) and the elderly. She was tireless with her giving - both financially and physically. She is a part of so many groups and organizations that we just can't mention all of them. Her passion was also in music; she loved to sing and play the piano. She was a part of the church choir for decades and helped select the music that was played during services. She also was horrified, after the oil spill, for the birds that were killed and injured. She was on a one person crusade to remind everyone of that tragedy, so it won't happen again. Janice loved family and was the catalyst for every family gathering. She reveled in the noise, laughter, singing and energy that comes with a big family. She absolutely cherished not just her children but also her grandchildren (who, in her eyes, could do no wrong): Linsey and Caitlin, children of Mark and Dianna; Michael and Matthew, children of Kenneth and DiAnn; and Alexander, Andrew, and Abigail, children of Eric and former wife Cindy. She is also survived by sisters-in-law, Irene and Bernice (Riggenbach). Her life was made more complete by wonderful family additions, Pam Riggenbach (Eric's wife) and great-granddaughter, Natalie Jo. She is survived by her sister, Lois; and her brother, Howard (Jack, her younger brother, passed away earlier this year); many, many friends, their families, and those listed above. These relationships were her focus in life, being compelled to always brighten their days. We ache with this loss and find comfort in anticipation of seeing her again. Thank you for reading this and if you would like come help us say goodbye please do so. We'll leave you with these thoughts: Always tell the ones you love that you love them. Sing, Laugh and Pray every day. Call your mother (especially if it's Tuesday, ironing day). Funeral services will be held Monday, June 29, 2015 at 1 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Family will receive friends one hour prior to service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, in memory of Janice. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Davis-Watkins Funeral Home of Fort Walton Beach. To share memories, express condolences and sign the guestbook, please visit www.daviswatkins.com.
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Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News from June 27 to June 30, 2015
Riggenbach, Janice Laura  
Funeral services for Janice Laura Riggenbach will be held Monday, June 29, 2015 at 1 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Family will receive friends one hour prior to service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in memory of Janice. A complete obituary will follow at a later date. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Davis-Watkins Fu-neral Home of Fort Walton Beach, Fla. To share memories, express condolences and sign the guestbook, please visit www.daviswatkins.com.
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Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on June 26, 2015
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