Fred F. Oestreich, a longtime businessman in Lancaster, died of heart failure Monday at his home in Alden. He was 93.
He operated Lancaster Printing Service and was owner and publisher of the Lancaster-Depew Journal, the official weekly newspaper of the Twin Villages between 1947 and 1973. He also owned Plaza Liquor Store at D&L Plaza in the Town of Lancaster from 1969 to 1988.
The Journal, which sold for 10 cents a copy, earned the reputation throughout the community as a fair and impartial publication. After it was sold to Bee Publications, Mr. Oestreich continued to run his printing service until he retired in 1978.
"He was always very gracious, always willing to help anyone in any way he could," said Dick Wojciechowski, retired director of athletics at St. Mary's High School. "He did all of our printing and was very big in our booster club."
A native of Depew, Mr. Oestreich was an Alden resident since 1931.
After attending Depew schools, he started his 50-year career in the printing business at the Depew Herald in 1928. He worked at the Alden Advertiser from 1932 to 1941 and during World War II was an industrial foreman at Buffalo Arms. He started Lancaster Printing Service in 1944.
Mr. Oestreich enjoyed playing cards, golfing, dancing, bowling and following the New York Yankees.
He was a life member of the Knights of Columbus and an exempt member of the Alden Fire Department and was active in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Alden.
His wife of 64 years, Catherine Frank Oestreich, died in 1999.
Surviving are five daughters, Helen Braun of Wayne, Mich., Margaret Woolley of Lancaster, Kathleen Davis of Manchester, N.H., Sister Ann of South Bend, Ind., Betty Logue of Lancaster; 12 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
A memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. John the Baptist Church, 2021 Sandridge Road, Alden.