Joan W. Weinberg, a retired registered nurse and an antiques collector who restored an 18th-century Virginia country house that showcased her various collections, died Saturday of cancer at Windswept Farm, her Monkton home. She was 88.
The former Joan Marie Walsh, the daughter of Harry Walsh, an insurance man, and his wife, Teresa Walsh, a homemaker, was born and raised in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, where she graduated from parochial school.
She was a 1952 graduate of the Pottsville Hospital School of Nursing, now the Schuylkill Health School of Nursing, in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, where she earned her nursing degree. She began her nursing career that year at the University of Pennsylvania School of Psychiatry in Philadelphia.
From 1955 to 1958, she was the campus nurse at Drexel University, and while living in Philadelphia, she met and fell in love with Peter H. Weinberg, an insurance man, whom she married in 1958.
After the couple moved to Baltimore in 1958, Mrs. Weinberg became an operating room nurse at Sinai Hospital, and from 1968 until retiring in 1990, she was a circulating IV nurse at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center.
She shared the passion of her daughter, Tracey Weinberg, for horses and followed her around the country as she competed in both national and international show hunters and show jumpers. She was also the owner of several horses that achieved national championship status.
In her retirement, Mrs. Weinberg spent a decade restoring a 1740 historic home in Unison, Virginia, that was a hospital during the Civil War.
The home provided a backdrop for her extensive collection of Early American antiques, which included Royal Crown Derby china, Staffordshire china, period weather vanes and 18th-century American country furniture.
In addition to antiques collecting, she was an inveterate gardener and a docent at Ladew Topiary Gardens in Monkton. She was also a dog and cat fancier.
Services are private. Plans for a celebration of life gathering to be held in the spring are incomplete.