From her art to helping find homes for dogs, Golinsky put all of her energy into the task at hand.
“Joyce had an enthusiasm for life, a zest for life,” said Billy Golinsky, her husband of 24 years. “That enthusiasm translated into whatever she did.”
A lover of art from her childhood, Joyce Golinsky became involved with Brushstrokes Art Group. She would attend as many classes and seminars as she could, her husband said. She would also spend hours working in her home studio, perfecting her craft.
“She wanted to leave beautiful pieces of art for the people she loved,” said her sister, Cheryl Simon, who lives in East Cobb.
Even after Golinsky was diagnosed with cancer more than four years ago, she still did as much as she could with her art, and other community interests, family members said.
Golinsky would spend hours looking for the right match for dogs that had been rescued, Simon said of her sister.
“She not only loved art and dogs, but people too,” Golinsky said of his wife. “She was an amazing people person.”
Joyce Bornstein Golinsky, of Atlanta, died Friday from complication of ovarian cancer. She was 64.
A funeral is planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday, at H. M. Patterson & Son, Arlington Chapel, which is also in charge of arrangements. Burial at Arlington Memorial Park will follow the service.
A native of Detroit, Golinsky moved to Atlanta in the early ‘70s after earning a teaching degree from Eastern Michigan University. She taught fourth grade, at B.B. Harris Elementary School in Duluth, for a few years before moving to Florida to earn a degree in art, her sister said. She moved back to Atlanta when she finished her studies, but did not return to teaching. She and her husband went into business together, where her people skills were put to good use, Golnisky said of his wife.
“She was just so attentive to the needs of people,” he said. “She was just a very caring and loving person.”
Even at the height of her illness, she still exhibited a caring and determined spirit, her husband said.
“She would never, ever let her illness stop her,” he said. “If she could meet someone for lunch, she’d do it. She would force herself to get out there and engage with people.”
In addition to her husband and sister, Golinsky is survived by her eldest sister, Marjorie Bornstein of Stuart, Fla., and identical twin sister, Janis Segal of West Bloomfield, Mich.; and step-daughter Lauren Golinsky, of Montgomery, Ala.
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