Barbara N. Ilg "Nancy" passed away peacefully on Monday July 13th, at Tidewell Hospice in Bradenton, Florida following a long illness. The daughter of the late James G. and Charlotte A. Weiss of New York, Nancy was born in Brooklyn, NY on December 22nd, 1933.
An Honor graduate of Grover Cleveland High School in Ridgewood, NY, she majored in business and because of highly proficient typing and short hand skills was recruited by the Hanover Bank prior to graduation to work at the firms main Wall street office in the VIP Ediphone Department where she took live and taped dictation of letters and document's from noted Hollywood investors, including Lillian Gish.
In early 1954, Nancy left the Hanover Bank to accompany her husband to his post-Korean era stateside assignment at Otis AFB during which time they lived on Shore Street where she worked for a time at the Hunsicker Law Firm on Main Street. In 1956 following Kens discharge, they returned to New York where her first child, BethAnn, was born, but having tasted the flavor of Cape Cod, they eagerly returned in1960 to purchase a home and raise a family.
An avid dancer in her early teens, Nan quickly transitioned to rink skating where she trained aggressively and earned gold medals in dance and freestyle competitions and performed in area shows. Following the constriction of Falmouth’s first ice-rink in early 1964, both she and Ken opened the rinks Pro-Ice-Shop where she fitted and sold the first figure skates to local youngsters that would later earn medals in the USFSA. Having the ability to change to the ice, Nancy was a line dancer in the rink’s first public show, The Falmouth Ice Frolics.
Having moved to Florida in 1985; in 1989 she joined Ken who had been assigned to Banbury, in central England where as a Military Marketing Field Consultant, he was serving U.S. bases. Later, returning to their Marina-side home in Bradenton she enjoyed community activities, sailing on her beloved sloop the "NANHATTEN" and returning to their little summer getaway in Mashpee.
Nancy is survived by her husband Ken of 67 years, two daughters, BethAnn Leavitt of Falmouth and Wendy Ann Smith of Redbrook 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, and her grandson Michael Smith of Wareham; great grandchildren: Abigail Danick, Quinn Danick, and Rudolph J. Ostrea Jr. of Knotts Island, NC.
A visitation will be held from 12:30-1:30pm on Monday July 27th at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main Street, Falmouth, followed by a graveside service at 2pm at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Nancy’s name to a Heart Association of your choice or the Falmouth Nursing Association (capecodhealth.org) are most appreciated.