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Esther Pilgrim Obituary

Esther  Pilgrim
Esther Pilgrim
Esther Pilgrim

January 15, 1921 - July 3, 2018
Born in Edgar, Wisconsin
Resided in Edgar, Wisconsin


Esther A. Pilgrim, 97, Edgar, passed away peacefully while surrounded by her family on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at Mountain Terrace, Wausau, under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.

She was born January 15, 1921 in Edgar, daughter of the late Henry and Lilly (Borchardt) Draeger. On June 3, 1944, she married Alvin R. Pilgrim at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Edgar. He preceded her in death on May 14, 2008.

Esther worked at Marathon Cheese Corp. for 28 years until her retirement. Among her favorite pastimes, she enjoyed cooking, baking, tending to her flower beds and crocheting many blankets for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Esther spent many hours clipping articles from newspapers that contained either a story or information about a relative or friend. These articles helped her make countless books that contained history and genealogy for many family members. Esther was a faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Wausau, where she enjoyed teaching Sunday School in her earlier years.

Most of all, she loved spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include, three children, Marvin (Mary Jane) Pilgrim, Marathon, Eugene (Janice) Pilgrim, Marathon and Carol Stevenson, Edgar; five grandchildren, Rebecca (Michael) Tylinski, Marathon, Katrina (Dean) Thurs, Wausau, Ryan (Melissa) Pilgrim, Medford, Carrie (Evan) Haehlke, Athens and Nicole (Jeffrey) Schneider, Marathon; 11 great-grandchildren, Sofia and Frederick Tylinski, Ruby Thurs, Madisyn, Aliyah and Treyton Pilgrim, Hunter, Alyvia and Ayva Haehlke, Mayven and Brayson Schneider; one brother-in-law, Glenn (Louise) Pilgrim, Minnesota; one sister-in-law, Elaine Pilgrim, Edgar; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents and husband, Alvin, she was preceded in death by four sisters, Mildred Tuchscher, Adeline Pilgrim, Arleen Draeger and Lydia Pilgrim; and one great-grandson, Leo Thurs.

A very special and heartfelt thank you to the staff and residents of Mountain Terrace Senior Living. Esther enjoyed her time there immensely. It was a special time for her and her family. Also, a special thanks to the Hospice staff that worked with Esther and the family.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 9, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Wausau. Rev. Zach Holdorf will officiate. Burial will be in the Edgar Cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 3400 Stewart Avenue, Wausau and again on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Trinity Lutheran Church and School.

Online condolences may be expressed at




Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home-West
3400 Stewart Avenue
Wausau, WI US 54401
Sunday, July 8, 2018
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Trinity Lutheran Church Wausau
501 Stewart Avenue
Wausau, WI US 54401
Monday, July 9, 2018
11:00 AM