Last Updated on February 7, 2024 7:55 pm
Funeral services have been announced for a retired long-time Watauga High counselor.
Jane Rogers, age 72, passed away unexpectedly on January 11, 2024 in Austin, MN. She worked at Watauga High School for over 40 years, leaving a lasting impact on countless students during that time. She retired from the Watauga Schools System on July 1, 2016.
After retirement, Rogers remained very active in community projects such as Blowing Rock Cares and the Back 2 School Festival. She had recently moved from North Carolina to Minnesota to be closer to her daughter and grandchildren.
Services will be held at Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church in Blowing Rock on Saturday February 17, at 2 pm.
Obituary courtesy of Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service
Rebecca (Jane) Bolick Rogers was born on November 14, 1952, in Blowing Rock, NC and died on January 11, 2024, in Austin, MN.
Jane lived a long and fulfilling life, much of it in Blowing Rock. She attended nearby Appalachian State University and received her degree in teaching and master’s in counseling from there. She met and married her husband, Howard (Skip) Rogers while in school at ASU before briefly leaving to pursue her passion for teaching and counseling. She returned in 1985 with daughter Sarah in tow and dedicated herself to the local community.
Jane’s love for her community took many forms. She worked as a high school counselor at Watauga High School for over 40 years, mentoring and guiding many students through their high school years. She was also active in many wintertime activities in Blowing Rock, including working for Appalachian Ski Mountain in various roles throughout her adult life and skiing locally as many times as she could squeeze in the time. But her passion was time spent being involved in Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church. Jane served in so many of the committees there including serving as an Elder for a countless number of terms. She also participated in the choir, the bell choir, many Christmas and Youth programs while her daughter was growing up, and in as many of the social groups as she could manage. Her work in the church also lead her to being involved in many local charities including Blowing Rock Cares and the Back 2 School Festival.
Her biggest love was reserved for her family. She had one daughter, Sarah, who she provided endless amounts of love and encouragement. Jane then provided that same amount of love, encouragement, and laughter to Sarah’s two children and husband. She accompanied them on multiple family trips, hiking in national parks and snorkeling and biking from the Florida Keys to St. John in pursuit of time spent with her favorite people. She had even recently broken out her skis again in an effort to encourage her boys and Sarah to rediscover skiing in Minnesota.
Jane had recently moved from North Carolina to Minnesota to be closer to her family as her grandchildren aged. She was learning to love their activities, including watching her oldest grandson get his red belt in karate and play travel hockey in various small towns in Minnesota and her younger grandson learn to play piano and soccer.
She passed unexpectedly but surrounded by family on January 11, 2024.
Jane is survived by her daughter, Sarah (Luke) of Dodge Center Minnesota and her children, Noah (age 10) and Daniel (age 8).
Services will be held at Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church in Blowing Rock, NC February 17, 2024, at 2:00 O'clock.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.”
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com
Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.