Barbara N. Ilg, who was known as Nancy, died July 13 at Tidewell Hospice in Bradenton, Florida, following a long illness. Ms. Ilg, 86, was a former resident of Falmouth.
She was the wife of Kenneth Ilg, to whom she was married for 67 years.
The daughter of James G. and Charlotte A. Weiss, she was born in Brooklyn, New York, and graduated with honors from Grover Cleveland High School in Ridgewood, where she was enrolled in the business course of study.
Because of her highly proficient typing and shorthand skills, she was recruited by the Hanover Bank prior to graduation to work at the firm’s Wall Street office in the VIP Ediphone Department, where she took live and taped dictation of letters and documents from noted Hollywood investors, including Lillian Gish.
Ms. Ilg left the bank early in 1954 to accompany her husband to his post-Korean War assignment at Otis Air Force Base in Bourne. They lived on Shore Street in Falmouth and she worked for a time at the Hunsicker Law Firm on Main Street. Following her husband’s discharge in 1956, they returned to New York where their first child, BethAnn, was born. Enamored by the Cape, the couple came back in 1960 to purchase a home and raise their family here.
An avid dancer in her early teens, she quickly transitioned to ice rink skating; she trained aggressively and earned gold medals in dance and freestyle competitions and performed in area shows. Following the construction of Falmouth’s first ice arena in early 1964, she and her husband opened the rink Pro-Ice-Shop; Ms. Ilg fitted and sold the first figure skates to local youngsters, some of whom would later earn medals in the US Figure Skating Association. Having ably made the transition to the ice, Ms. Ilg was a line dancer in the rink’s first public show, “The Falmouth Ice Frolics.”
The Ilgs moved to Florida in 1985; in 1989 she joined her husband in central England after he had been assigned to Banbury as a military marketing field consultant serving US bases. After returning to their marina-side home in Bradenton, Ms. Ilg enjoyed community activities and sailing on her sloop, NANHATTEN. The couple also spent time at their little summer getaway in Mashpee.
In addition to her husband, she leaves two daughters, BethAnn Leavitt of Falmouth and Wendy Ann Smith of Plymouth; five granddaughters, Amy Lynn Landers Danick of Quincy, Katie Beth Landers of Sandwich, Natasha Leavitt of Ipswich, Tatum R. Smith of Dallas, Texas, and Margo R. Smith of Terre Haute, Indiana; a grandson, Michael Smith of Wareham; and three great-grandchildren, Abigail Danick, Quinn Danick and Rudolph J. Ostrea Jr. of Knotts Island, North Carolina.
A graveside service was Monday, July 27, at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.