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Obituary Condolences

Joseph Rinko
Herkimer
Mr. Joseph Rinko, 85, of 230 E. Smith St., passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2011, in his home. Joseph was born in Herkimer on May 20, 1926, the son of the late Michael and Anna Kovalchic Hrinko. He attended Herkimer schools and graduated from Herkimer High School. Joe served with the US Army during World War II in the European Theater and was honorably discharged on August 5, 1946, with the rank of Tech Sergeant. He was married to Helen Jackson on November 27, 1948, in St. Joseph's Church, Herkimer. Mr. Rinko worked as a retail carpet contractor for Hage Carpets, New Hartford, for many years until his retirement in 1986. He was a member of S.S. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church and a former member of the Herkimer Masonic Lodge. Joseph is survived by his beloved wife, Helen Rinko; four sons and one daughter-in-law, Joseph Rinko, Jr., of Utica, Mark and Rebecca Rinko, of Hampstead, NC, George Rinko, of Houston, TX, and Richard Rinko, of Hackensack, NJ; one daughter and son-in-law, Darlene and Richard Cancelino, of Herkimer; seven grandchildren, Donald Grogan and his wife, Amber, Richard Cancelino, Chad and his wife, Shannon Rinko, Bianca Rinko-Bollen, Kendra Rinko, Nicole Rinko and Justin Galde-Rinko; seven great-grandchildren, Samantha Grogan, Kayla Grogan, Hayden Holland, Kimber Rinko, Bentley Rinko, Kyle Nall and Jeremiah Nall; two brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Jean Rinko, of Saratoga Springs, and Paul and Mary Kate Rinko, of Utica; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his daughter, Karen Huckabone, and her two children, Laura and Warren, on May 31, 1984; three brothers, Anthony Rinko, George Rinko and Michael Rinko, Jr.; as well as one sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Henry Sokolowski. His funeral will be held Saturday morning at 9:30 from the Petykiewicz, Iocovozzi & Burns Funeral Home, 329 S. Washington St., Herkimer, and at 10:00 in S.S. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church with V Rev. John Udics officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. Calling hours will be Friday, 4-8, at the Petykiewicz, Iocovozzi & Burns Funeral Home. Parastas will be held Friday evening at 7:00 at the funeral home with Father Udics officiating. Joes family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the nurses and staff of Hospice for the wonderful care shown to him during his illness and passing. They would also like to thank their neighbors, Colleen and Dottie DeMars, for all the things they did for Joe during his final days. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on Joes online memorial page by going to: www.iocovozzifuneralhomes.com
Published in The Observer-Dispatch on June 23, 2011
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