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February 14, 2013

Pamela A. Pilsmaker, 61

Boxford. — Pamela Ann Pilsmaker of Boxford, died Monday, February 11, 2013, at home after a long illness at age 61. Born in Teaneck, N.J., March 18, 1951, she is the daughter of Rose M. Thompson and the late, John G. Thompson.

She received her early education in parochial schools in New Jersey, including St. Cecelia’s in Iselin, N.J. and St. Peter’s Grammar and High School in New Brunswick, N.J. She graduated from Hingham High School in Hingham in 1969. During her school years, she studied dancing, including ballet, and, was a member of the St. Peter’s Honor Guard. She also won a statewide art contest in 1967 which included all Catholic high schools in New Jersey.

She pursued a career in retailing and real estate. She worked at Hit or Miss in Hanover and was a buyer for Filene’s Department stores in Boston. She later received her real estate license and practiced real estate for many years on the North Shore. She married Jeff Pilsmaker on June 26, 1981 and was so proud and happy when her daughter, Jennifer, and son, Jonathan joined their lives. She also was an animal lover.

Mrs. Pilsmaker was diagnosed with diabetes at the age 16, and after developing complications, in 1992, her older sister, Judy Thompson, donated her kidney to Mrs. Pilsmaker. This kidney transplant enabled Mrs. Pilsmaker to have more time to spend with her immediate family, her mom, and her six brothers and sisters. The one thing her family remembers is during her struggles with her diabetes; she always looked forward and never let it get in the way of her accomplishments.

Mrs. Pilsmaker will always be remembered for her loving and giving ways, as well as, her strong sense of fashion and style. She also made friends very easily and still had friends she made while in high school.

Mrs. Pilsmaker is survived by her husband, Jeff Pilsmaker; her daughter, Jennifer; and son, Jonathan both of Boxford; her mother, Rose M. Thompson of Hingham; her six brothers and sisters, Judy Thompson of Sussex, Wisc., John “Jack” Thompson of Chelmsford, Richard Thompson of Franklin, Raymond Thompson of Cohasset, Barbara Crowley of North Attleboro, and Jacqueline Thompson of Millis; as well as many loving nieces and nephews and cousins.

ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend her funeral mass on Saturday, February 16 at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's Church, Georgetown. Interment will be private. Calling hours will be held on Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Merton E. Roberts, Jr. and Conte Funeral Home, 14 Pleasant Street, Georgetown.

In lieu of flowers, friends who wish may make a memorial contribution in her name to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria VA 22312. For funeral home directions or to sign the family guest book, please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com