Elaine Ruth Pilgrim, age 85, Edgar, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at Copperleaf Assisted Living in Marathon City.
She was born on Easter Sunday, April 21, 1935, in Stratford, daughter of the late Anthony and Cherubim (Fry) Stack. On July 17, 1971, she was united in marriage to Elroy “Bud” Pilgrim. He preceded her in death December 18, 2015.
Elaine graduated from Stratford High School in 1953. Along with Patty, her sister, and a few friends from Stratford, they rented an apartment in Wausau and worked at Employers Mutual, going home to Stratford on weekends. Dances at Trianon, River View and Rib River Ballroom were entertainment for her and her sisters on weekends.
She worked outside the home until 1972, when she became a stay-at-home mom. For many years she was a C.C.D. teacher at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Edgar, and worked in the Edgar School District’s cafeteria. She and Bud were also town of Wien treasurers. Elaine kept the town records accurate while Bud had fun visiting with neighbors.
Among her favorite pastimes were helping others, gardening, and playing cards, especially cribbage and sheepshead. She had a talent for cutting hair and did so for many years for family and friends.
Survivors include her children: Londra (Chad) Rogers, Mosinee, Douglas (Denice) Pilgrim, Edgar and Tandra (Geoff King) Pilgrim, Cascade; two stepdaughters: Diana (Gary) Boettcher, Baraboo and Donna (Mark) Murkowski, Rib Mountain; grandchildren: Brad (Tracy Michaels), Travis (Shannon), Tia (David), Matt (Jennifer), Allison (Paxton), Ann (Alex), Amy (Torey), Gatlin, Greyde, Dominique, Shontay, Deirdra, Sondra, Deagon, Melinda and Elliot; 19 great-grandchildren; three sisters: Frances Grosskreutz, West Allis, Joan Manthey, Phillips and Patricia (Jim) Pautzke, Marshfield; and two brothers: Jerome (Mary) Stack and Tom (Mary) Stack, Stratford.
Besides her parents and husband, Elaine was preceded in death by two brothers: William and Leonard Stack; a sister, Marion Draeger; three brothers-in-law: Darrell Grosskreutz, Leo Manthey and Reinhard Draeger. Elaine was also preceded in death by Bud’s extended family: Selma (Carl) Hamann, Viola (Arnold) Bauman, Mildred (Mike) Panzigrau-Knutson, Mabel (Arnold) Punke, Elaine (William) Beattie, Alvin (Esther) Pilgrim, William (Adeline) Pilgrim, Glenn (Louise) Pilgrim, and an infant, John Pilgrim.
The funeral mass was celebrated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Edgar. Rev. Thomas Huff presided. Burial was at the Edgar Cemetery. Visitation was held on Tuesday from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the church. The funeral Mass was live-streamed on the Peterson/Kraemer Facebook page. Out of respect to the family and other visitors, social distancing was practiced; a mask was required, and the length of visits were minimal. Online condolences may be expressed at www. petersonkraemer.com.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial in Elaine’s name to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 103 N 4th Ave, Edgar, WI 54426.
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