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Sigrid H. Pilgrim

March 10, 1944 - December 21, 2022
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A Memorial Service will be held on a future date.

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The Nature Conservancy

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4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100

Arlington, VA 22203.

 

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Sigrid Pilgrim, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt, passed away on December 21, 2022, at the age of 78, after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Born in Munich, Germany, to Dr. Michael and Hildegard Schneider, she grew up with brother, Eugen.  She met and married her husband of 56 years, Alan, in Munich, thenContinue Reading

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Dan Zifkin and family left a message on December 28, 2022:
Audrey Rosner left a message on January 19, 2023:
A donation was made in Sig's honor to the Nature Conservancy.
Catherine Lott left a message on January 11, 2023:
I have never met someone who was more full of life. Sigrid will be dearly missed. All my love to her family. May she forever rest in peace and in our hearts.
Anonymous left a message on January 10, 2023:
Sigrid was a wonderful, spirited, intelligent woman and a back row figure in my Jazzercise class for years. My condolences to you all.
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Marilyn Davis left a message on January 10, 2023:
Dear Alan and Family, It was a joy to know Sigrid and to Jazzercise with her for many years. I send my condolences to all of you and hope your treasured memories will bring you peace. Sincerely, Marilyn Davis
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Karen Ann Miller left a message on January 6, 2023:
When I first met Sigrid through the Illinois Paddling Council, I quickly learned her wealth of information about and advocacy for paddling. Sigrid joined our efforts to develop the Fabulous Fox! Water Trail and current attempt to become designated by the National Park Service into their National Water Trails System. Even through her health struggles the past several months, Sigrid continued to work with and for our team. I admire her grace and tenacity through her illness. On behalf of the Fabulous Fox! Water Trail please accept our sympathy and gratitude. May your memories of Sigrid provide comfort through your grief.
Elizabeth Matlin left a message on January 4, 2023:
Sigrid was a wonderful friend at the Wilmette Community Garden. Our spontaneous encounters there were always fun. She was passionate about everything—travel, butterflies, herbs, flowers, cooking and Life. Her red currant jelly was par excellence. Sigrid’s personality was as large as her giving heart. I will miss seeing her, yet know I will feel her everywhere in Nature—a monarch floating on the breeze, the hum of the bees, a nodding sunflower, a bird’s song… Love and sincere condolences to Alan and his family. Love & Light to you dear Sigrid in Spirit.
Joan B Henrick left a message on January 3, 2023:
Sigrid was such a gentle, yet strong woman, who made everyone feel special. It felt comfortable to be with her, whether we were sitting on the back deck enjoying the lake or digging in the garden. I miss you, friend.
Anne Carlson left a message on December 30, 2022:
I just learned the news of Sigrid’s passing and I offer my condolences to the family. Although we have lost touch over the years I have such fond memories of Sigrid. In my formative years, Sigrid was like a second mother to me. She would even sometimes mix me and Karen up since we spent so much time together (The Pilgrims lived next door to us in Evanston for several years). She loved telling the story of me leaving to go home one day and as I’m going out the door she said something to the effect of “Karen, where do you think you’re going?” and I turned around and said whimpering, “but Mrs Pilgrim you told me to go home”. Then she would burst out laughing as this story was an example of how Karen and I were inseparable. She had so much energy and gusto that I honestly thought she would live forever. She was always kayaking or out in nature or expressing her opinion about something. It was never quiet at the Pilgrim's dinner table-I loved it! And there were amazing snacks at the house! My mom bought generic brands that back in the 80s had packages in black and white writing with the words “Cola” or “Toasted Oats” which were a total embarrassment when friends came over. Sigrid always had name brand foods like Ritz crackers and interesting German delights. I think the first time I ever had gummy bears (the authentic ones from Munich!) was at their apartment. Sigrid will always hold a special place in my heart for having a parental role in helping to raise me. She treated me like a daughter. Rest In Peace, Sigrid. And I send lots of love to the family Love, Anne
Don Mueggenborg left a message on December 29, 2022:
Sigrid was a good person and will be missed, especially in the paddlilng commuity
Alan left a message on December 29, 2022:
To my darling wife, I love you.
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Mary Rosinski left a message on December 29, 2022:
Sigrid was kind and generous with her time. She selflessly gave of herself to make the world a better place. The world was better for Sigrid and I am glad our paths crossed many times. Love to her family.
Diane Bryant Childress left a message on December 28, 2022:
I am so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. I still have fond memories of hanging out on Pioneer St. and laughing with your mom. She was always so kind and feisty at the same time:) I’m thinking about you during this difficult time. Diane
Diane Bryant Childress left a message on December 28, 2022:
I am so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. I still have fond memories of hanging out on Pioneer St. and laughing with your mom. She was always so kind and feisty at the same time:) I’m thinking about you during this difficult time. Diane
Don Mueggenborg left a message on December 26, 2022:
Sigrid was a great advocate for the paddling community and will be missed. I enjoyed working with her and admired her as person.
Haben Funeral Home & Crematory left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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