SALEM — Helen Carolyn Ilg, 87, died Jan. 31 in Salem of complications from Alzheimer’s. There will be a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, at St. Mary’s Church in Mt. Angel. A luncheon will follow. There will be a private interment at Calvary Cemetery in Mount Angel.
Mrs. Ilg was born May 28, 1929, in Salem to Edward and Lillian (Kowash) Hynes, the eldest of three children. She was raised on the family farm in the Hazel Green area and graduated from Mount Angel Academy and Mount Angel College. She married Joseph Ilg in 1950 and they had two children, Diane and Jeff. The Ilgs later divorced.
Carolyn worked at the Marion County Clerk’s office for 15 years where she became friends with many of the court judges as well as local attorneys. Her son, Jeff, participated in the Oregon Special Olympics and she was involved in that organization for many years, including a trip to Baton Rouge, when he took part in the National Special Olympics.
Every stranger was a potential friend to Mrs. Ilg, and she went out of her way to get to know them.
Mrs. Ilg dreamed of going to Ireland when she made that dream come true she met and stayed with her Irish Hynes cousins and toured the country. It was a highlight of her life.
Mrs. Ilg is preceded in death by her parents, her son, Jeff, and her brother, Tom. She is survived by her daughter Diane Baldwin, her sister Patty Haslebacher, two grandsons, three great-grandchildren, and seven nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Over the Rainbow Care Home in Salem for their loving card of Mrs. Ilg in her final days and the support they provided her family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Oregon Special Olympics of the Garten Foundation, Salem.