Published On: Thu, Mar 9th, 2017

47-year civic career is at an end

OSMOND — Wednesday,  March 1, marked the close of a career for a longtime Osmond public servant, Bernice Blecha. An open house in her honor will be held at Osmond Senior Center at 336 State Street on Sunday, March 12. Hours are 2 p.m. to  4 p.m. Bernice, who  began duties in April of 1970, stepped down last week after a 47-year career.
She began her job as secretary (appointed rather than elected) to the village council when Ron Aschoff, who had held the position, moved out of the corporate limits. At that time, the title for the city was Village of Osmond, a title based on population.
Bernice’s title in the beginning was secretary to the council. Chairman of the board was Frank Kratochvil, with Phil Beckwith as temporary village clerk. Other council members in that year were Dwaine Hoffman, Henry Schmit and Merlyn Kuhl.
“There was no city office back then,” Bernice said. “Everyone did their work out of their homes or from their places of business.”

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