Walter Linkovich, 93, of Sandisfield passed away peacefully among close friends on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, at Berkshire Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center in Sandisfield.
Walter, son of William and Rose Linkovich, was born Sept. 20, 1926. He was raised humbly, learning to be self-sufficient and working hard on his family farm where they raised livestock to feed themselves and sold milk, cheese and butter to the community.
After graduating from Lee High School in 1945, Walter served his country with the U.S. Army during World War II. When he returned home, he attended Wilson Tech, where he learned the electrical trade. He worked for Johnson Electric in Newington, Connecticut, for 20 years, after which he continued work as the community electrician. He was one of the most well-known and beloved men in town. He was also a member of the Sandisfield American Legion Post #0456.
Walter leaves behind his closest niece, Lorraine Slepski of Wethersfield, Connecticut; and his nephew, Stanley Linkovich and wife Kathy of West Dansville, Vermont. He is also survived by his niece Donna Guidi of Torrington, Connecticut; two grandnephews: Scott and William; and two grandnieces: Danielle and Allison. Walter was predeceased by two brothers: Mike and Stanley Linkovich; and two sisters: Helen Kokoszka and Arlene Finkle. He also leaves behind a whole community of friends and will be especially missed by his very best friend, Dana Beardsley.
Calling hours will be held Friday, Oct. 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Birches-Roy Funeral Home, 33 South St., Great Barrington. A funeral Mass will be held Saturday, Oct. 5, at 10 a.m. with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at Our Lady of the Valley Church, Sheffield. Burial with military honors will follow in Mill River Cemetery. Condolences may be made through birchesroyfuneralservices.com.