Joseph Sinico, 78, of Great Barrington

Joe’s passion for food of any kind, but in particular green bean sandwiches and sweets, was second only to his love for his family.

Joseph Victor Sinico, 78, passed away peacefully Aug. 30, 2020, at Mount Carmel Care Center surrounded by his family. His friends and family will remember his generosity, willingness to talk to any and everyone, and his fondness for desserts.

Born July 11, 1942, in Pittsfield to Angela and Albert Sinico, Joseph grew up in West Stockbridge with three brothers and five sisters, and attended Williams High School. He worked for 15 years at the Red Lion Inn and Country Curtains in Stockbridge. Joseph married Kathleen (née Keresztes) June 26, 1971, and later entered her family business, Catherine’s Chocolates, where he could occasionally be caught licking his fingers in the back room.

Joe’s passion for food of any kind, but in particular green bean sandwiches and sweets, was second only to his love for his family. Closely involved in the lives of his three sons, Joseph spent hours on the sidelines of soccer fields, behind the plate as a pitcher-friendly Little League umpire, and later on the highways of the Northeast to visit his boys as they moved farther and farther from the family home in Great Barrington.

In addition to avidly bowling in the Stockbridge Men’s Wednesday Night League, Joseph was an engaged parishioner at St. Peter’s Church in Great Barrington. He entertained bingo crowds and served on the parish council, and was an active fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council 513.

The Sinico family would like to thank the staff and caregivers at Mount Carmel Care Center for their many years of care, support, and friendship.

Joseph is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Kathy; sons Matthew, Sean and Christopher, their wives, Amy, Simone and Chloe, and five precious granddaughters, Anna, Zoe, Josephine, Oona and Osa; brothers Albert, William and Robert; sisters Ann Broggi, Margaret Derrick, Mary Obanhein and Patricia Salvadore; sister-in-law Patricia Sinico; and brothers-in-law Neil Obanhein and Marty Salvadore. He was predeceased by sister Norma Cardillo; siblings Linda D. and Joseph J. Sinico, both of whom died in infancy; brothers-in-law Dominic Broggi, Bill Derrick and Ernest Cardillo Sr.; and sister-in-law Carol Keresztes.

A memorial Mass will be held Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 10 a.m. at St. Peter’s Church in Great Barrington, conducted by Msgr. Michael Shershanovich. Burial will follow at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Great Barrington. There will be no calling hours. Donations in memory of Joe may be made to the St. Peter’s Food Pantry c/o Finnerty & Stevens Funeral Home, 426 Main St., Great Barrington, MA 01230. To send remembrances to the family, go to www.finnertyandstevens.com.