Mary Kathryn Pilgrim (nee McClain)
July 2, 1920 – June 17, 2013
Mary Kathryn Pilgrim (nee McClain), 92, of Hartland, passed away Monday, June 17, 2013. She was born July 2, 1920, in Goodman, to George H. and Mary C. (LaFoe) McClain.
She admitted to being quite the “tomboy” when she was growing up as one of eight children in the family. They all had to work real hard and do their share! Kathryn was a very good singer and enjoyed harmonizing with her two sisters in the Methodist Church in Goodman.
After graduation, Kathryn sought work in Milwaukee as a practical nurse. This is where she met the “love of her life,” Kenny M. Pilgrim. They were married April 3, 1942, in the Town of Greenfield.
Kenny went off to fight for his country in World War II and Kathryn kept busy, working at various jobs to help the war effort.
In 1952, they built their cozy little home in the Town of Merton. Kathryn was a talented seamstress and sewed many outfits for her nieces and nephews.
She also loved to garden and had a large one, canning and freezing for the winter. She was also involved in her local library.
Kathryn and Kenny traveled by truck to Alaska in 1947 with another family.
They were going to homestead there, but Kathryn missed her family, so they made their way back to Wisconsin. They did finally do a lot of traveling in their later years.
It was during this time that her son, Jim Pinkerton and his family, who were dairy farmers in the rural Brandon area, found Kathryn and Kenny. It made all of the families happy, as she had tried to find him for many years. It was a true answer to prayer.
Kathryn was very interested in genealogy and did a lot of research, which now her son is continuing on with.
Kenny passed away Jan., 21, 2001. Kathryn was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband; four brothers, Meredith, Theron, George and Burchard McClain; and two sisters, Augusta Buck and Elizabeth Wolosyn.
She is survived by her son, Jim (Jeanne) Pinkerton of Canon City, Colo., and grandchildren, Kris (Michelle) Pinkerton of Oshkosh, Bambi (Jeff) Lamborn of Canon City and Rebecca (Chris) Muniz of Westminster, Colo. She is also survived by her seven great-grandchildren, Natasha and Hunter Pinkerton, Falina, Melodie and Rochella Lamborn and the twins, Gillian and Olivia Muniz. Kathryn is also survived by her brother, Buren McClain; sistersin- law, Sunny McClain and Vada McClain; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Many thanks to Gary, Debbie, Barbara and Holly for their many hours of care and kindness to our mom.
Visitation for Mary Kathryn Pilgrim will be from 9 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service Thursday, June 20, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Hartland, 111 Church St., Hartland. Burial will take place at 2:30 p.m. at Wauwatosa Cemetery, 2405 Wauwatosa Ave., Wauwatosa. Please meet at the cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the church are greatly appreciated.
Schmidt & Bartelt A.A.
Schmidt & Sons Funeral and Cremation Services in Sussex is serving the family. For more information, call 246-4774 or visit online at www.schmidtandbartelt.com.