Michael Joseph Sinsko

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Born in Chicago, IL on February 16, 1943

Departed on May 22, 2019 and resided in Indianapolis, IN

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Michael Joseph Sinsko, 76, of Indianapolis, IN passed away on May 22, 2019. Michael was born in Chicago, IL on February 16, 1943 to parents, Michael and Jean (Pajkos) Sinsko. He earned his bachelor's degree from Loyola University, his master's degree from Eastern Illinois University and his doctorate degree from Notre Dame. Michael worked as an Entomologist for the Indiana State Department of Health for 36 years, retiring in 2011. He was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, the Peace Corp. and the Indiana Vector Control Association. He enjoyed Notre Dame Football, the Chicago Cubs, fishing, camping, and was a strong supporter of his sons in Boy Scouts and sports when they were younger.

Michael is survived by his wife of 42 years, Eleanor Gene (Wilkins) Sinsko; sons: Matthew Michael Sinsko (Rita) and Mark Leslie Sinsko (Annette); grandchildren: Amelia and Luke Sinsko; siblings: Louise Boren (Steve) and Cynthia Wright (J.D.); nieces and nephew: Nancy Alperson (Gary), David Boren, Jennifer Marek (Darren) and Elizabeth McNally (Justin); great-nieces and nephews: Brian and Kevin Alperson, Anastasia Marek and Ben and Patrick McNally.

Friends may call from 4pm until 8pm, Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at Flanner Buchanan- Broad Ripple, 1305 Broad Ripple Ave., Indianapolis. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30am on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 4625 N. Kenwood Avenue, Indianapolis. Burial will follow in Our Lady of Peace Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Condolences may be shared online at flannerbuchanan.com

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  1. Bruce W. Buchanan May 22, 2019 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    There are few things more difficult than dealing with the loss of a loved one. I am honored that you have chosen our family to care for your family during this time. Please let me know if there is more we can do to help celebrate your loved-one’s life.

    My Warmest Regards,

    Bruce W. Buchanan
    4th Generation Owner
    Since 1881

  2. ROBIN May 23, 2019 at 8:15 am - Reply


    I personally know the feeling of losing a father. We will always have memories


    MATTHEW 5/4

  3. Rob De Beck May 23, 2019 at 11:02 am - Reply

    Candle 1My condolences to the family and friends. I knew Dr. Sinsko as a very kind, friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, and professional public health advocate. I’m very sorry that he has passed and that his time and your time with him has been cut short. I hope all of your memories of him are good ones.

  4. Linda D. Briles May 23, 2019 at 11:19 am - Reply

    Candle 1So sad to hear of Mike’s passing…He was such a dedicated servant to the people of Indiana.A great and respected teacher for all of us in environmental health. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Linda D. Briles
    Blackford County Health Department

  5. Dr. Catherine L Craker May 23, 2019 at 11:22 am - Reply

    I’m heartbroken to hear that Mike is gone. He was an amazing guy and a blessing and inspiration to the bug community. He leaves a huge legacy of young entomologists all over Indiana.

  6. Mark Starzynski May 23, 2019 at 11:45 am - Reply

    Deepest sympathy. We had a great time bowling together.

    • Karen DeHoney May 27, 2019 at 3:06 pm - Reply

      Candle 2There are no words for the loss you have.
      Mike was so kind and gentle. Always with the smile that was contagious when he entered the barber shop.
      We shared many stories of family vacations and joys that his family gave him.
      30 yrs of Haircuts you grow to know and love all of the family. Ellie, Matt, Mark. And spouses.
      And joys of having grandkids.
      I will miss Mike. Knowing him was a true privilege.

  7. Jane Smith May 23, 2019 at 11:46 am - Reply

    Candle 1Eleanor, Matt and Mark,
    I have had the pleasure to working with Mike for many years at ISDH. His knowledge, kindness and friendship have always been a treasure. May Our Heavenly Father comfort you during this time.

  8. Priscilla T. May 23, 2019 at 11:51 am - Reply

    To the family of Michael Joseph Sinsko, I offer my heartfelt sympathies. Losing a loved one in death is a devastating blow that can leave our hearts crushed and our spirits low. Yet, we are assured at Isaiah 57:15, God resides “with those crushed and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of those being crushed”. May the hopeful words He has promised at John 5:28, 29 revive your spirits and hearts during this most grievous time.-jw.org

  9. Sylvia Garrison- Monroe County Health Depat May 23, 2019 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    I was saddened to hear this news. Mike was a great public health figure in the State of Indiana and I heard him speak many times at IEHA conferences. A knowledgeable teacher and wonderful person. He will eb missed.

  10. Pat Thomas May 23, 2019 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    So sorry to hear this-prayers of comfort for the family.

  11. Robin Bruner May 23, 2019 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    His office was next to mine when the ISDH Labs were in the Med Science building on Barnhill Dr. I remember great conversations about the Boy Scouts, as my son was a scout at the time. He was a truly great guy.

  12. Ralph Williams May 23, 2019 at 11:02 pm - Reply

    Candle 1I am heart broken to hear about Mike. Mike was a very close friend and colleague. We both started our careers about the same time in the mid 1970’s. I enjoyed totally his wonderful dedication to public health and working with him for so many years. My heart and prayers go out to Matt and entire Sinsko family.

  13. Jennifer May 24, 2019 at 11:05 am - Reply

    Candle 7Rest in peace, Uncle Mike. It’s still hard to believe that I will never see you again. You’ll be missed very much.

  14. Terry R. Smith May 24, 2019 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    Please accept my sincere condolences. I met Mike early in our careers, back in 1976. He was a caring, dedicated and intelligent professional. The state health department has lost one of its finest servants. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  15. Charles Sinclair May 24, 2019 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    Mike was the best! A fine Catholic Christian, a family man, a scientist, a servant-leader, and a gentleman. Oh, yes, and a Notre Dame man! May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace!

  16. Steve DeMougin May 26, 2019 at 7:38 am - Reply

    I remember when we hired Mike at the State Board of Health to direct our vector control program. He was a true professional in every sense of the word. Years later we would run into each other at scouting campouts. It was always a pleasure to talk with Mike. My deepest condolences to his family.

  17. Linda Foster May 26, 2019 at 10:15 am - Reply

    Elenor and family. Our sincere condolences to your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely, Dr Cletis and Linda Foster

  18. Hudner Hobbs May 27, 2019 at 8:34 am - Reply

    Eli & family-
    So sad to hear of Mike’s passing.
    He is remembered for all the “bug” knowledge he so willingly shared, and as a great husband and father.
    Blessings and much love,
    Hudner & Dick Hobbs

  19. SUSAN (THRINE)TEETER May 27, 2019 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    Candle 8Eleanor and Sons
    My prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  20. Sandy Hadley May 27, 2019 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    Eleomor and family,
    Dave and I send our sincere sympathy to you.
    Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  21. Christopher, Thomas and Andrew White May 28, 2019 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    Our thoughts, prayers but above all gratitude for the impact Mr. Sinsko had on our lives growing up.

  22. Thomas M. Carr May 29, 2019 at 1:12 am - Reply

    Candle 1Eleanor and family,
    So sorry for your loss. Those of us that knew him from work at the ISDH only knew a small part of his life. I am proud to have known him as my friend.

    Thomas M. Carr (Mickey)
    Environmental Scientist, ISDH, Retired
    634 Ludlow Street
    Greendale, Indiana 47025

  23. Lynn and Bill Gosnell May 29, 2019 at 9:07 am - Reply

    Dear Ellie and family,
    Our heartfelt sympathy to you in the passing of Mike. What beautiful pictures you shared in the memorial video of his life. May your loving memories and the love and strength of God sustain you.

  24. Judy Neatherly May 29, 2019 at 9:29 am - Reply

    Candle 1Ms.Eleanor and Family,
    My heart is sad for you and your family. Anyone who knew him, worked with him, was able to call him Friend , who LOVED him, and most of all, able to say ” He touched our hearts and souls”, will never be forgotten, for we were truly blessed.
    Our Lord and Savior has a special Angel with HIM and we will see Mike again.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Judy Neatherly

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