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Lorraine B. Pidgeon

Lorraine B. Pidgeon

November 11, 2017

Lorraine Ballard Pidgeon, age 92 of Eau Claire passed away at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire surrounded by family. Lorraine made her final journey on November 11, 2017 due to complications with Pneumonia. 

Born in Louisville, Kentucky on November 21, 1924, Lorraine and her family moved to Eau Claire at the age of 10.  Lorraine loved sports as a young girl, was always adventurous, and after graduating from Central High in Eau Claire, she moved to San Francisco and became a professional model.  It was there she met Lloyd Pidgeon, who had just returned from WWII, and fell in love with him, and married in 1947. Lorraine stayed in California for many years, before eventually becoming a full time mom to her two sons. Always the adventurer, Lorraine and Lloyd took flying lessons together, she became a scuba diver, she loved to camp outdoors, and even explored the USA on route 66 in a convertible before it became a common thing to do.  After settling back into Eau Claire in 1960, Lorraine spent 35 years working at Sacred Heart Hospital in the business office as the finance manager, retiring in 1995. After retirement, Lorraine was then free to once again explore.  From riding on rafts in China, to riding on the back of camels India, mom tried to do it all.  Lorraine’s real passion however, was to her two boys. Her passion was simple.  Keep her two boys safe and happy, and she did that well.

Lorraine is survived by her two sons John (Gerri) and Jim (Carolyn Hallbeck). Lorraine has five grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.   

Private family graveside services will take place in Forest Hill Cemetery in Eau Claire.  Friends and family may offer condolences online at www.hulkefamilyfh.com.

Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI is assisting the family with the arrangements.


No public visitation.


No public service.