Joseph A. Osetek

January 21, 2013

Joseph A. OsetekJoseph A. “Smokey” Osetek, 87, of Oswego died Monday January 21, 2013 in the Oswego Hospital. Mr. Osetek was born in Oswego the son of the late Antoni and Catherine (Tencza) Osetek. He was predeceased by his stepfather Andrew Kalinowski, brothers John, Stanley, and Frank Osetek, sisters Helen Osetek, Wanda Sczupak and Connie Kalinowski. 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.  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 FL, grandsons Benjamin Joseph Schwaller, Andrew and Alexander Osetek, and several nieces and nephews.  Funeral services will be conducted Saturday 10:00 a.m. at St. Stephen the King Church, Oswego, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Mr. Osetek’s name to St. Stephen the King Church Building Fund, 138 Niagara St., Oswego, NY 13126. The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home 147 West Fourth Street, Oswego.

4 thoughts on “Joseph A. Osetek

  1. I am saddened to learn of the passing of my old friend “Smokey” Joe Osetek. We were elected together in 1972 to the County Legislature, and became fast friends thereafter. Smokey was always a great supporter to me in my rise through the political ranks. He offered wise counsel. He never hesitated to get out his checkbook when needed, and with his experience as a boiler inspector, he was always able to open the right valve to relieve the pressure when needed , so the boiler wouldn’t blow! This was a skill that served him well in politics. Smokey was always a healer. He could always reach across the aisle to his political nemeses, and make them his friend. He was a smart, and savvy politician because he was a smart and savvy, and caring human being. My sympathies go out to his wife Diane, son Greg ( who followed in his Dad’s footsteps) and his entire family. He was a Prince of a guy, and will be sorely missed!

    John T. Sullivan Jr.

  2. Diane, we are so sorry to hear about Joe. You are in our thoughts.

    Matt, Rachel and Katie Fischer

  3. Our father, Jim Niger knew Mr. Osetek and spoke very highly of him. Please accept our condolences at his passing. We will keep you in our prayers.

  4. My condolences to the Osetek family. I remember Joe as a funny guy, and as a kid traveling for hockey he was the parent who always knew the best restaurant to eat at. He is in my thoughts.

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