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Joyce Hanna Engel
Born in Rockford, Illinois and raised in Chicago, Joyce had previously vacationed in Colorado and went to the University of Colorado where she earned dual Bachelor's Degrees in Sociology and English Literature. She arrived in Winter Park to plenty of fresh snow and the smiling face of George Engel, the man who would become her husband and with whom she would raise a family and establish roots in the Fraser Valley. It was Adolph Leuthy of Adolph's Bar who sidled up to George and told him that he needed to propose to Joyce. It took all of three weeks, but on an outing with Joyce, George stopped the car in front of Adolph's and proposed. On June 16, 1951 the two were married, staying married for 57 wonderful years.
Joyce, who came to Winter Park to ski, was immediately immersed in the ski industry where she proved to be an incredibly savvy businesswoman. Often giving new companies their first orders and contributing to the success of many in the ski industry. George was the director of the ski school and also ran a ski and rental shop at the base of the ski area. When it came time to expand the shop, the couple borrowed money from friends, obtained lumber from Denver and built the shop themselves. There was an apartment above the shop and that is where Joyce and George started to raise their family, which included two daughters, Janet and Wendy.
The Engels were an integral part of the growth of the Fraser Valley. They helped start the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce and Joyce was on the first board of directors. They were instrumental in the beginnings of the John Work Arena, the Winter Park Horseman's Association and the High Country Stampede Rodeo Series. Most recently Joyce was honored as a Middle Park Pioneer of the Year at the 2015 Middle Park Fair and Rodeo.
Perhaps the most lasting legacy of Joyce Engel will be the Community Concert Series that was started by Joyce and Alice Weir. Joyce said she loved jazz, and she loved to dance so the concert series was her role in "bringing a little culture" to Grand County.
Joyce is survived by her daughters, Janet Engel and Wendy Christensen, grandchildren, Kelly Christensen and Jeff Christensen, and great-grandchildren, Dominik Stefanik and Olivia Stefanik. George passed away in 2008.
The family will be holding a life celebration this summer and that in lieu of flowers asks that donations be given to the Grand County Concert Series, or The PEO Foundation, Chapter IX Scholarships.
Janet and Wendy. I have wonderful memories of your mom. She was so good to me when I worked at the Sports Shop. She, and your Dad, we're great people to work for, AND with. I came to WP at 18 years old and they took me under their wings. I am thankful I was privileged to be a part of the ski school and sports shops, back in the day! Those were the days! I hope to see you this summer to help celebrate her life. Hugs and love to you both.
Cindy Bloomdahl Veith Jan 10 2016 12:00 AM
I served on the Grand County Concert Series board with Joyce for six years. If ever intelligence and humor were in evidence, it was when Joyce contributed to the running of an organization.
She and I could talk amicably and humorously on any subject without exception. Knowing my strong-mindedness, and hers, our relationship served as a paradigm for something good in this world. We did accomplish a lot, we respected each other, and enjoyed the time we spent together.
She will be missed.
Jan Sears Jan 4 2016 12:00 AM