Obituary for Henrietta Pigg
Henrietta was born on April 28, 1927 in Butler, Pennsylvania to parents Oliver Herman LaBernz and Sarah Agnes Logan.
An excellent student, she graduated from Butler High School in 1944. During high school Henrietta’s talents as a pianist were recognized, and she was selected to participate in a program sponsored by the Hammond Organ Company.
Following high school, she attended Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania and then enrolled in nursing school at Allegheny General Hospital in 1946. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing in 1949.
As a nurse, she worked in the Emergency Room at Allegheny General Hospital from graduation until 1950, and was an Assistant Nursing Arts Instructor from 1950 through 1953.
Henrietta met the love of her life, Edgar Woolard Pigg, Sr., in October of 1952. They were married on July 11, 1953 in Butler, Pennsylvania.
At the beginning of their marriage, Edgar worked for Studebaker and then Volkswagen, and they moved from Pittsburgh to Atlanta and Jacksonville. In 1966 the Pigg family moved to Lake Bluff, IL where they stayed for the next 51 years. She suspended her nursing career to focus on raising their children until 1978 when she joined Westmoreland Obstetrics and Gynecology, working there until she retired in1999.
Ed and Henrietta settled in Lake Bluff after visiting Grace United Methodist Church, and their social and spiritual lives were filled with friends and activities centered on their faith. Henrietta was a member of United Methodist Women Circle and The Questers.
Just before the current pipe organ was installed at Grace Church in 1974, Henrietta’s talents for accompanying the choir and other musicians led to her appointment as church organist where she served nearly every Sunday for over 40 years. She loved playing the organ and piano for the choir and she tirelessly promoted the music ministry at Grace. An Organ Endowment fund was created by her to support maintaining the instrument for many years to come. Henrietta also played for the vesper services for residents at Westmoreland and Lake Forest Place until 2017.
Henrietta always had a sense of humor about her name, and was an avid collector of anything porcine. When asked about her children, she always laughed and said, “Of course I have three!” She loved baking brownies and cookies for her grandchildren and for events at church, and every year she harvested rhubarb from her garden to make pies and crumbles. She was a good friend to many, and was known to visit and drop off a meal if she saw a need.
As a community member, Henrietta was an active member of The Lake Bluff Women’s Club and among many Board Positions, she served as President from 2008-2012. She volunteered for the Lake Bluff Garden Club and she was a Paul Harris Fellow and remained active in Rotary International until her death.
Henrietta’s accomplishments and service are all the more remarkable considering her running battles with cancer starting in 1960.
Henrietta is survived by her three children, Katherine Pigg (Fred III) Boebel, Edgar Woolard (Barbara) Hammond, and David Oliver (Marguerite Welter) Pigg, six grandchildren, Frederick IV and Katherine Grace Boebel, Carolyn and Robert Hammond, David Jr. and Emma Pigg. Preceding her death are her husband, Edgar Pigg, Sr., and her sister, Katherine LaBernz Wightman.
Visitation will be held from 4 – 7 PM on Friday, October 13 at Wenban Funeral Home in Lake Forest, IL and a Memorial Service at 11:00 a.m on Saturday, October 14 at Grace United Methodist Church in Lake Bluff.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Grace United Methodist Church Organ Endowment Fund, 244 E Center Avenue, Lake Bluff, IL 60044.