In Loving Memory of Joan Rodriguez

January 22, 1927
New York, NY
September 28, 2020
Fairfield, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


Private Services


Kensico Cemetery

273 Lakeview Ave,

No date included.

Family Gathering


Pequot Library

Winifred Joan Rodriguez

Winifred “Joan” Rodriguez, age 93, of Fairfield, formerly of Greenwich, passed away on Monday, September 28, 2020. Born in New York City, Joan spent most of her early life in Scarsdale, NY before attending Garland Junior College in Boston. Shortly after graduating, she married the love of her life, Harold J. Rodriguez, and settled in Greenwich where they would spend nearly 35 years raising their children before moving to Fairfield in 1990. Joan took great pride in her family and loved getting away with them to Vermont for skiing, and later on having them visit them year-round to their second home in Reading, VT. After raising her children, Joan took up tennis at 50 years old and golf at the age of 70. She loved traveling and had done so nearly her whole life. As a child she traveled to Europe by ocean liner with her father, and later traveled with her husband regularly to many parts of North America, Europe, Hawaii, Japan, Australia, and Egypt. Throughout her life, gardening was a passion; she enjoyed antiques, and she loved attending both opera and ballet. Joan is survived by her five loving children and their spouses: Pamela R. Stirrat (Craig R.) of Wellesley, MA, Lillian R. Schneider (William D.) of Denver, CO, Harold J. Rodriguez, Jr. (Jacquelyn F.) of Southport, CT, Joanne Willich (Manfred) of Stuart, FL, and Nancy M. Rodriguez (Burton Wells) of Stanardsville, VA; as well as 11 beloved grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Harold, Joan is predeceased by her sister, Nancy E. Spagnoli and her brother, James M. Spagnoli, Jr. Services for Joan will be held privately at Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, NY. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Joan’s memory to the Pequot Library . For information or to sign an online register, please visit

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6 Guestbook Entries for Winifred “Joan” Rodriguez

  1. To all my cousins I am sadden to hear of the passing of Aunt Joan. She was my godmother. You all will be in my prayers. Stay safe and healthy in these difficult times. Mary Jo

  2. I am a friend if Nancy. Know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers this week, and during your mourning period for your mother, Joan. My your good memories of Her carry in your hearts.
    Take care, sincerely Diane

  3. Mrs. Rodriguez was a long time client of ours. She led a fascinating life and we loved listening to her stories about her many journeys. With a tremendous passion for her grounds, we will miss our weekly conversations with her. Our heartfelt condolences go out to her family. Rest in peace Mrs. Rodriguez.
    Fondly, the entire staff at Hoffman Landscapes