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Official Obituary of

James W. Zaiger

September 28, 1934 ~ February 17, 2023 (age 88) 88 Years Old

James Zaiger Obituary

James “Jim” Walter Zaiger, 88, of Carmel, IN, died February 17, 2023. He was born September 28, 1934 in St. Louis, MO, to the late Henry and Gabriella Zaiger (nee Thiemet).  He attended St. Mary’s High School in St. Louis. It was in middle school that Jim met his future wife, MaryAnn (Stoeppel). She spotted him on his bicycle and declared he was the one for her.  They were married May 14, 1955, having spent over 67 years of happiness together.  The love and adoration Jim and MaryAnn shared for each other was truly extraordinary, allowing them to become soulmates. Their love for their faith and family was deep and abiding.

Through many years of hard work and perseverance, they built a wonderful life together.  Jim started his career carrying the mail for the U.S. Postal Service. In 1966 he was sworn in as a U.S. Postal Inspector.  Jim worked hard as a federal investigator and loved his career.  After retirement he would often say, “I loved my job and would do it all over again.  But I really like being paid to stay home”.  

Retirement years were filled with many fun trips and adventures with children, grandchildren, and best friends, AnnaMarie and the late James Fortune.  The memories will keep him alive in all our hearts forever.

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his son, Mark Zaiger and daughter, Christine Zaiger; sister, Virginia Richmeyer; and brother, Henry Zaiger,

Jim leaves behind his lovely wife, MaryAnn and four children; Brian (Heather), Marian Sprague (Kurt), Karen Medernach (Paul), and Kristine Wood (John); 13 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

Family and friends will gather Thursday, February 23, 2023 at 10 am in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, where the Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 11 am.

Burial will follow in Our Lady of Peace Cemetery.

In memory of Jim, contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 3091 E. 98th Street, #240, Indianapolis, IN 46280. Envelopes will be available at the service.

Bussell Family Funerals is privileged to care for Jim and assist the family in arrangements.





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February 23, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Our Lady of Mt Carmel Catholic Church
14598 Oakridge Road
Carmel, IN 46032

Mass of Christian Burial
February 23, 2023

11:00 AM
Our Lady of Mt Carmel Catholic Church
14598 Oakridge Road
Carmel, IN 46032

February 23, 2023

1:00 PM
Our Lady of Peace Catholic Cemetery
9001 Haverstick Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46240


St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis TN 38105


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