January 1, 1951 ~ June 21, 2020

Born in: Long Island, NY
Resided in: Arvada, CO

Joy Grothjan, 69, of Arvada passed away on June 21, 2020 at Good Samaritan Medical Center. Born on January 1, 1951 on Long Island, New York she was the daughter of Harry James and Agnes (McDowell) Busk. Joy married Steve Grothjan on January 15, 1988, and together they shared 32 years of marriage.

A near-lifelong member of Actors’ Equity Association, Joy worked as a professional performing artist for decades, and as an educator for 20 years in the Standardized Patient Program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

In addition to her husband, Steve, she is survived by her siblings: Jody Mercurio, Harry Jeff Busk, Janice Shaulov and Jennifer Rinaldi, and her nieces and nephews: Dina, Rachel, Anthony, David, Michael, Matthew, Adi, and Danielle.

A memorial service to honor Joy will be held at a later date.

Memories Timeline


    • Thank you, Don.

      Both Joy and I very much enjoyed working with you, and there are many happy memories. Bless you for reaching out. Stay safe and well.

  1. Steve
    So sorry to hear about Joy. She was always pleasant to be around. She had that wonderful smile and glow around her. She always made my job a lot easier.
    May God bless her and you!! “DINO”

    • Thank you, Dino.
      Joy would have loved your remembrance of her. We both enjoyed those years working with you so much – there are many happy memories. Bless you for reaching out. Stay safe and well.

  2. Steve
    We are mourning in Florida and sharing our memories with each other in the acting community of her kindness, her humor and her talent. So beautiful inside and out. We love you and send our condolences.
    Angela and Russell

    • Thank you, Angela.
      When I look back on our years working together in Florida with our friends, I realize that was one of the happiest times of my life. So many great memories. Bless you and Russell for reaching out. Stay safe and well.

  3. Steve,

    So deeply sorry for your loss. Joy was lovely, classy lady.
    I hope you find comfort and warmth in your memories of her.

  4. Sending love and prayers to you Steve and her family. Joy was such a joy to be with both onstage and off. I loved having been able to have worked with her.

    • Oh, Harold – she loved you so much. I am so happy to find you are well – I have such great memories we all have shared. She would be so happy that you reached out, as am I. Stay healthy and safe, my old friend.

  5. Dear Family- I worked with Joy at CU when she was a standardized patient. She was the sweetest most loving women I knew. Her smile always made me smile. She always so supportive and so very happy when I announced I was getting married and then having a baby afterward. I remember exactly what she bought me for my new baby. I still have it and always think of her when I see it. I’m so saddened to hear the news. My heart goes out to you and your family. She will be missed!

    • Melissa –
      Thank you so very much for sharing your thoughts about Joy. She loved working with you and always would tell me fun stories… she especially enjoyed giving you the big carton of Goldfish, and how happy she was that it made you happy. Thank you for remembering her… stay safe and well.

  6. Steve. Just heard about Joy. I’m so so sorry to hear about this. Fond memories of both of you. Please know that Christie and I holding you in our thoughts. Love to you

    • Thank you, Eric & Christie –
      There are no words. But Joy would be so very happy to see how so many have remembered and spoken of her. Thank you for your kind thoughts… stay safe and well.

  7. Dear Steve,
    Tim and I were so sorry to hear about Joy. We enjoyed working with both of you so much. Our thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time. Take care, love and hugs.
    Leigh and Tim

    • Leigh & Tim –
      Thank you so much for your kind words; I know Joy would be happy. I look back on those years in Florida with great fondness… in a sense, it was a real Golden Age. I am grateful for your thoughts, and to hear from you. I never imagined life without her.
      Much love.

  8. Steve,
    Randy and I send you our deepest condolences. Joy, very much fit her name. I loved working with Joy at the CAPE. she always had a smile and a kind words for everyone. You are in our thoughts.

    • Susan & Randy –
      So very nice to hear from you; thank you so much. At CU, Susan, she felt like you were almost one of her sisters. We both enjoyed working with both of you, those were good times. You’re right, her name was apt – she definitely was my Joy… after 34 years, I can’t imagine life otherwise.
      Again, I thank you both. Much love.

  9. Joy
    It was lovely to meet you and work with you at the CAPE as Standardized Patient program.
    I loved you smile!
    We will miss you,

  10. Dearest Steve,
    Marcus and I both send our love and thoughts to you at this time. We were fondly remembering Joy’s brilliant presence and sense of humor with that irresistible touch of her New York accent. I used to call her JoyJoy. She so embodied her name, I felt I had to say it twice! She will be missed. With love,
    Jan & Marcus

  11. Hey Steve,
    Joy was her name. It was only moment ago we met doing Noises Off at the Arvada Center. I’m still laughing. You are in my heart and mind as you walk through this time. I love you brother.

    • Marcus & Jan –

      Thank you so much for your fond memories of Joy… she loved you both and always enjoyed working with you. She was life to me… after 34 years I can’t imagine life without her. That void can never be filled. Marcus, my brother – would that we were sitting in our dressing room corner at CDP… those were good days.
      Much love.

  12. Dear Steve,
    Joy was such a kind, caring soul and such a joy to be around. She certainly embodied her name.
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Joy will be missed by so many people. I’m sorry I’m so late in sending this message. I know Susan sent something but I just wanted to reach out also.

    Love, Randy


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