Obituary for Joy Mary Wineberg (Rodriguez)
Born February 17, 1926, Joy Mary Rodriquez, also known as Joy Mary Rodney, was born to Antonio Rodriquez, a Spaniard who became a U.S. citizen, and Neva P. Summit, a mid-western country girl, in Denver, Colorado. Often called “Joyous” by her mother, Joy spent her youth mostly in Denver, but she also lived in Texas for awhile. During the Great Depression, when jobs were scarce, the family moved to Texas so family members could work. Eventually, the family would return to Colorado, where Joy remained the rest of her life. Being a member of the “Greatest Generation,” Joy said of the Great Depression,“ even though money was not abundant, I never really felt deprived.” Always feminine, which included dressing properly and exhibiting good taste and manners, Joy also had some tomboy intertwined into her personality. As a sport enthusiast, Joy excelled in athletics, especially track and roller skate dancing. After graduating from East High School in Denver, Joy went to work for an insurance company, where she eventually became an underwriter. When WWII broke out, Joy contributed to the war effort by socializing with many soldiers who were stationed in Colorado. She often spent time at the roller rink, where she roller skate danced with many military servicemen. One of the soldiers she skated with would indirectly introduce her to her future husband, Marlin H. Wineberg, who told Marlin to look her up if he was ever in Colorado. After the war, Marlin was stationed at Ft. Carson in Colorado and Marlin remembered his friend telling him to look up Joy. Marlin and a buddy travelled to Denver and after meeting her, Marlin told his friend that he may have just met the girl he was going to marry. Shortly thereafter, Marlin returned to his home state of Pennsylvania, but Joy and Marlin carried on a long-distance relationship for several years through letters, phone calls, and with each traveling back and forth from Colorado and Pennsylvania. After earning his degree at Pennsylvania State University, at the encouragement of Joy, Marlin moved to Colorado and they then married on September 20, 1952. In 1960, their daughter, Connie, was born. After Connie’s birth, Joy became a full-time mother and homemaker. Some of Joy’s interests and hobbies included interior design and sewing. Being meticulous, Joy sewed all her own clothes – these clothes were not “home-made” clothes, but clothes that outshined any ones produced by professional clothes makers. Joy also kept up on current events throughout her life, including politics. Additionally, always having an interest in athletics, Joy was an avid football fan, and spent her Sundays watching the Denver Broncos and other professional football games. Her favorite all-time quarterback was John Elway. Joy’s athleticism paid off in her later life. Always looking and acting younger than her years, Joy was always agile and active up to her sudden death. Joy is survived by her husband, Marlin, her daughter, Connie Nelson, and her two grandsons, Eric and Aaron Nelson.
Services for Joy will be held Friday, February 2, 2018, at Aspen Mortuaries, located at 1350 Simms St., at noon.