Joseph Osetek, Former county legislator

OBITS-OsetekJoseph_WJoseph A. “Smokey” Osetek, 87, of Oswego, died Monday Jan. 21, 2013 in Oswego Hospital.

Mr. Osetek was born in Oswego, the son of the late Antoni and Catherine (Tencza) Osetek.

Mr. Osetek was educated in local schools and he attended various technical schools, receiving I.C.S. certification in combustion engineering. He participated in labor relation seminars where he received certification in labor relations. Mr. Osetek was a service engineer at Ames Iron Works and Fitzgibbons Boiler works, before becoming a NYS Boiler inspector for many years until his retirement in 1992 as a NYS Senior Boiler Inspector.

He was a lifelong parishioner of St. Stephen the King Parish. Mr. Osetek served as Oswego County Legislator, representing the seventh ward in the city of Oswego from 1972 until 1995 and he was a member of Oswego County Board of Health and Community Service Board from 1984 until 2012.

He enjoyed golfing, fishing and hunting.

He was predeceased by his stepfather, Andrew Kalinowski; brothers, John, Stanley, and Frank Osetek; and sisters, Helen Osetek, Wanda Sczupak and Connie Kalinowski.

Mr. Osetek is survived by his wife of 54 years, Diane (Heagerty) Osetek of Oswego; children, Gregory (Judith) Osetek of Oswego, Julia (John) Schwaller of Florida; grandsons, Benjamin Joseph Schwaller, Andrew and Alexander Osetek; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted today, Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. at St. Stephen the King Church, Oswego, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.

Contributions may be made in Mr. Osetek’s name to St. Stephen the King Church Building Fund, 138 Niagara St., Oswego, NY 13126.

Arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego.

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