Bernard John Sinkora

Bernard John Sinkora, 66, peacefully passed in his home on Sunday, January 3, 2021. He went by John, but had many affectionate names, Johnny, Johnny-cakes, Grandpa, Uncle John and Mr. Fix-It. And Mr. Fix-It he was. Johnny repaired our cars in the rain and fixed our furnaces during snow storms. John was always there.

Not only was he a mechanical genius, but a talented craftsman who built unique and beautiful wooden pieces that will be passed on and treasured for generations to come.

Johnny was always so supportive, interested in our lives, and ready to help friends and family with an outpouring of love through his prayer, words and actions. As if he hadn’t given us enough, through the ever loving and all powerful grace of God, John was a perfect match when his beloved wife Nancy was in need of a liver transplant. By giving her this heroic gift he gave all of us another fifteen years with our favorite laughing lady.

John was always so grateful to be a part of this family, but it’s us who are grateful to have had him. Our family is the compassionate, loving, spiritual and mission driven people we are today because of John and Nancy Sinkora’s influence.

John was an incredible man and he will forever be missed. We find peace knowing he's dancing with Nancy in heaven now. Welcomed by his parents Erika Sinkora (Brandhorst) and Bernard Joseph Sinkora, grandparents Hildegarde (Oma) Brandhorst, Frank and Anna Sinkora, sister Inge Day and nephew Jeffrey Griggs. He lives on through his brothers William (Ruth) Keller and Erik (Sharon) Sinkora, nephews Kristian (Jess) Keller and Kyle Keller, nieces Katelyn (Richard) Bonk, Erica (Jay) Burdett, and Kristina Jackson. As well as his adoring children Tracy Balch (Dan Day), Naomi Baker, David (Megan) Quillnan, grandchildren Brandyn Balch, Tylor (Brianna) Balch, Josh Moran, Gloria (Geoff) Moran, Sara Allen, Alec Svoboda, David Quillinan Jr, Maggie Quillinan and Salvatore Quillinan.

A celebration of life will be held on warmer days. Donations may be made in memory of John to Hospice or the Italian Greyhound Rescue.

Guest Book

Bobby D

John (he grew up with the nickname Zeus) and I were really good buddies in high school. I remember the times in his 59 bug. We would smoke some weed and paint the side windows day-glo hippy designs. John had a very wholesome soul, a very passive personality. You and Nancy will be in my thoughts until I break on through to the otherside! Peace John!

Barbara and Steven Kouray

Please accept our deepest sympathies on the loss of John. He was a true friend to Barbara's brother Jimmy Williams all throughout even in Jimmy's worst of times. His friendship never wavered and was always appreciated by Jimmy as well as us.

Jenny, Tim, Lexi, Maddy and AJ

We love you Johnny cakes forever and ever! I will never forget our adventure down to English town for the drag races. Oh what a weekend we all had. Love you

Kristina Jackson

I will miss you Uncle Johnny. I have wonderful memories from when I was a kid spending time with you.

Dave Margison

Peace my friend.


Johnny, I wish I could’ve been a better cousin to you. I miss you even though I wasn’t close.
Rest In Peace my cousin. I loved you.

John and Sandy Moran

What an incredible man John was! He leaves a wonderful legacy, not only for his craftsmanship but for his loving, kind and generous ways. He was a quiet man but had the depth of character we all enjoyed and admired. He is finally reunited with the love of his life. John, give Nancy a hug for us! See you later!

Keith Moran

We lost a true friend in this family. You will be missed.


John, I’m glad your at peace ❤️ And now your able to be with the one person you’ve missed for so long. The Love of your life Aunt Nance ❤️

Tracy Balch

I love you, John.