Andrew John Sinshack - age: 74
(August 23, 1944 to May 20, 2019
Visitation Friday, May 24th from 4-8 pm at
Benson Family Funeral Home
3224 W. Montrose Avenue
Chicago, IL 60618
Funeral Mass Saturday, May 25th, 10 am at
Our Lady of Mercy Church
4432 N. Troy
Interment to follow at:
Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery
1400 S. Wolf Rd
Andy Sinshack died unexpectedly but peacefully at home May 20th, 2019. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Peggy (nee McClaughry), daughter Mary Frances (Brett) Linzer, son Michael (Denise), grandchildren Brian, Connor, Jessica and Olivia and sister Mary Ann (Leo) Hertling. He was a beloved relative and friend to many.
Andy lost his own father at the age of four. His childhood was divided between his mother’s home in Chicago and the care of his grandmother and extended family in Price County, WI.
As a young man in Chicago, he worked with children as a camp counselor, YMCA program director and as a junior high science teacher at Our Lady of the Angels Parish school. He will be buried at Queen of Heaven cemetery near the children of families he served in the 1960s following the tragic fire of 1958.
Andy met his wife Peggy at a young adult social club of Annunciation Parish where they were soon married. Peggy and Andy later moved to Our Lady of Mercy Parish where Andy volunteered as a devoted member of the school board and lector. He spent several busy summers running carnivals for the Division Street YMCA and Our Lady of Mercy Parish.
When the opportunity was presented, Andy went to work as a manager for Schuessler Knitting Mills. He enjoyed his time with his co-workers at this family-owned business. When the factory closed, he moved into semi-retirement as a retail clerk at Michael’s Craft Store.
Andy was a keen observer and a wry comic. In many ways he remained behind the scenes; reading, building, fixing and creating. As an example, he created a “Hippie Pin” for a relative having hip fracture surgery- it was a safety pin with googly eyes and long, yarn hair. His applied creativity was inventive and he could easily make something from nothing.
As much as his family, Andy will be missed by his close group of OLM fishing buddies. Their trips to Canada were enthusiastically planned and executed as one of his highlights in recent years.
Andy’s family appreciates the gift of Catholic masses offered in his name. Remember him if you happen to be teaching children, cheering for the Bears and especially, casting out a line.