Jose Bernardo Sanchez, age 73, of McHenry passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, after a two-year long battle with cancer.
He was born on August 17, 1946, in Chicago to Bernardo and Stella (Komaro) Sanchez. Jose was the “man behind the scenes”. He worked and excelled as a master pinsetter mechanic; servicing bowling alleys throughout northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin which included Crystal Bowl, McHenry Recreation, Palace Bowl, Mooseheart Community Center, 3D Bowl, and St. Charles Bowl. Jose was instrumental in keeping the industry backbone strong for all to benefit. In October of 2013, he was recognized by the USBC Bowling Hall of Fame for Outstanding Service. Quite the honor for a non-bowler.
Jose was best known for his extensive tool collection. He had a tool for any job in his truck; including helping a waitress repair her broken nail with the right color nail polish. He was always that helping hand for anyone in need.
Jose was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, and friend. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Kathleen Sanchez; children, Butch (Tammy Bair) Pennington, Tony (Bev) Pennington, Louie (Julie Addison) Sanchez, and Starr (Dwight) Hochbaum. His life was made fuller with the love of his 8 grandchildren, Matthew Pennington, Luke Pennington, Steven Hochbaum (Bethany), Katie Morris (Phil), Megan Santi (Andrew), Eryn Miller (Kevin Czarnik), Katy Miller (Devan Culpepper), and Rebecca Sanchez; and the addition of his 5 great-grandchildren, Lewis Ayala, Theo Santi, Sawyer Santi, Klaira Culpepper, and just last month, the newest addition Lennon Santi; with Miles Morris expected to arrive on July 7, 2020.
The past few years of his life were spent with his best little buddy Lewis Ayala, his great-grandson. They earned over 50 pins from Home Depot Days, participating each month in their Kids Workshop projects.
He will be forever in our hearts and memories. We were so blessed to have had this time with him. God, please watch over him until we can be with him again!
Services for Jose were held privately. A celebration of life will be held this summer.