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November 14, 2012

Former Otsego board member dies at 84

Andrew Tisenchek, 84, of Oneonta, was remembered as a good friend, who was “fierce for things he believed in,” former Oneonta Mayor David Brenner said.

Tisenchek died Sunday at Chestnut Park Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Oneonta, according to his obituary.

They served together on the Otsego Board of Representatives in the 1970s and 1980s, Brenner recalled Tuesday. According to Tisenchek’s obituary, during his 20 years on the Otsego County Board of Representatives, he served as chairman for four consecutive years and was a member or chairman on almost every county committee.

The two met while both were involved in city government, Brenner said. Tisenchek served as Sixth Ward alderman for a short time. They were elected to the first board of representatives in 1969, after it was converted from a board of supervisors. Tisenchek was “a vigorous good humored guy, who worked long hours” as service manager of Sketchley Linen Company, and served the city and county, Brenner said.

Despite that, Brennen said, Tisenchek still had time for his family.

Tisenchek is survived by his wife of 66 years, Tina; two daughters, Andrea Ronovech and Karen Hurley, both of Oneonta; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

“He was always very concerned about things he cared about and willing to do what was needed to get things done,” Brenner said. “He will be sorely missed.”

According to his obituary, Tisenchek served during World War II as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne. He retired in 1990, after 32 years with the linen company. He also worked for the D&H Railroad and Spaulding Bakery. He was a member of St. Mary’s Church.

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