Ida Mary Pilger was born in Pierce, NE on January 22, 1942 to Emil and Ruth (Gunzenhauser) Hank. She was baptized on April 5, 1942 at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Wayne, NE. Ida attended school in Hoskins and Carroll, NE and graduated from Winside High School in 1960.
On June 28, 1960, she was united in marriage to Elwood Pilger in Yankton, SD. After their marriage the couple lived in several communities in Northeast Nebraska. Ida had worked at M.G. Walbaum’s in Wakefield, Dale Electronics and Daylight Donuts in Norfolk, along with National Fiberglass and Providence Medical Center in Wayne, NE.
Ida enjoyed crocheting, canning, doodling and coloring, her Coca-Cola and the families “State Fair Food”.
Husband-Elwood Pilger of Wisner, NE
Children and their families-
Daughter-Becky and Mike Leonard of Wayne, NE and family-
Aubrey (Juan) Rangel and children-Madeline, Seth & Oliver
Amy Leonard and children-Zane & Asher Moore
Andrew (Jami) Leonard and children-Aidyn, Ainsley & Davvie
Daughter-Kelly Calhoon of South Sioux City, NE and son-
Jeremy Calhoon and children-Jayden & Jasara
Son-Roger Pilger and Melissa Obermeyer of Carroll, NE and family-
Erica Cooper-Neese (Shannon) and children-Cameron, Caiden & Mikayla
Brandon (Erica) Pilger and children-Jacie, Kyra & Lucas
Curtis Pilger (Katelyn) and children-Raylan, Tenley, Espyn & Tate
Karley Pilger (Chad Paeper) and children-Erika, Haeden, Liam & Rowen
Son-Woody and Kami Pilger of Pilger, NE and family-
Chassidy (Shannon) Compton and children-Tanner (Tiffany) King and children-Chelsea & Evan, Marriana Wilson and child-Layken, Kisstin (Lee) Williams and children-Lee & Makenna, and Veronica Mott
Erica (Travis) Jacobsen and children-Tyler, Reaghyn, Rhyann & Copelynn
Shayann (Justin) Ramsay and children-Deacon, Braylee & Paxton
Kimberlee (Jordan) Biggerstaff and children-Eli & Embrielle
Eleanor Clark of Granbury, TX
Carolyn Paustian of Wayne, NE
Several nieces and nephews also survive her.
Ida was preceded in death by her parents-Emil and Ruth Hank, daughter-Robin Pilger, grandchildren-Robert and Jessi Calhoon, sister-Twilla Goldman, and brothers-Robert Hank and Bert Hank.