Arbutus “Boots” Pillsbury

Date of Death: May 21, 2021
Arbutus “Boots” Pillsbury

1930 - 2021

Arbutus “Boots” Pillsbury, 91, of Waupun, passed away Friday, May 21, 2021 at her home with family by her side.


Boots Pillsbury was born January 5, 1930 in LaCrosse, WI, the daughter of John and Leona Cain Limberg. The family moved to Waupun where Boots graduated from Waupun High School in 1948. In 1949 she married Roland Klug in Dubuque, IA. Following their marriage the couple resided in Waupun most of their married lives. On October 9, 1971 Roland passed away. Following Roland’s death, Boots raised their eight children alone. On August 10, 1985 she married Earl Pillsbury in Waupun where they resided all their married lives. Throughout her employment years, Boots worked at Bell’s Restaurant in Waupun, JCPenney, Ben Franklin Variety Store, and retired after working 13 years at Waupun High School in food service, retiring at age 86. In 1970 she was selected as Waupun’s Mother of the Year. Boots was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Waupun where she was a member of its Women’s Circle.


Boots is survived by her children: Roland Klug, Roxanne Horn of Waupun, Yvonne (Mike) White of Waupun, Wally (Peggy) Klug of Waupun, Valerie Balgie of Waupun, and Scott Klug of Mesa, AZ; daughter-in-law, Sue Klug of Appleton; 19 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.


Boots was preceded in death by her husbands, Roland Klug and Earl Pillsbury; two sons, Mike and Ron Klug; sister, Murilla Amadon; brothers: John Limberg and Bob Limberg; grandson, Noah Horn; and son-in-law, Brian Balgie.


Friends and relatives may call on the family on Tuesday at the church from 2 p.m. until the time of service.


Funeral services for Arbutus “Boots” Pillsbury will be held Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 4 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waupun with Rev. Jeff Nicla officiating.


Burial will take place at Highland Memory Gardens in the town of Trenton.

Special Thanks

Thank you to the nursing staff on 2nd floor, ER at Waupun Memorial Hospital, and Joey Tucker-Pinnow, hospice nurse, for the loving care given to our mother.

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  1. Marilyn Vander Sanden Says: May 24, 2021 at 6:13 pm

    What can one say!! an ANGEL got her wings. Boots was one very special lady in every way and gave everyone such great memories. One in a million that’s for sure???

  2. Greg Bausch Says: May 25, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    My deepest sympathies to the entire family. What an amazing woman and legacy of family.

  3. Sue & Paul VandeBerg Says: May 25, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    Beloved Boots! Above and beyond her precious family.. a Mom to many! Always up for ‘fun’ and laughs. Sweet and spunky and a legacy of smiles. Will so miss her. Heartfelt hugs and prayers of peace to her whole family.

  4. DOREEN A ZURAVLE Says: May 26, 2021 at 2:26 pm

    Boots was a very special lady and my aunt. I have always respected and admired her ability to raise her 8 children on her own. My condolences to her children & their families. She had part of her family to meet in heaven. Carry your memories of her in your hearts; she will always be close to you.

  5. Jane StLouis Says: May 26, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    So very sorry to hear this news. Boots was one of the lovelist people I have had the privilege of having in my life for many years. I wish you all great memories to carry you through this difficult time.

  6. Bill and Sandy De Maa Says: May 27, 2021 at 3:08 pm

    Our deepest condolences to all the family of dear sweet Boots!! She was such a very happy lady and she always had such a sweet smile for everyone she met and she always had the time to talk to you. She will be missed by so many. I hope and pray that God will give you all comfort in this time and that you will always treasure all the wonderful memories of your very dear Mom, Grandma and Great Grandma.

  7. Karen Ritterbusch Says: May 29, 2021 at 5:28 pm

    I was saddened to hear of “Boot’s” passing. I enjoyed so much my yearly visits with her when my husband and I RV’d each summer and stayed at my sister’s home on Taylor St. Boots enjoyed chatting when I would walk my little dogs past her home. I was amazed at how well she was still able to take care of her home and yard. I’m so glad I got to know Boots. I treasured our conversations and friendship.

  8. Mark Giese Says: May 31, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    There will never be another Aunt Boots! She had a smile that would light up a room and a laugh that would warm your heart. One of the most humble people you could be blessed to know. With all our love, Mark and Patty Giese

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