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Andochick left mark on Weirton

The city of Weirton lost a true public servant with the Dec. 29 death of former mayor Michael Andochick.

Though not originally from the city, Weirton quickly became his home after his family moved to the area when he was 9 years old. As with many of the city’s residents, his family moved here for work. His father was employed by Weirton Steel Corp., and Andochick would later work for the steel manufacturer, too.

Eventually, he would look for other ways to contribute to his community, volunteering with a variety of organizations and then seeking public office, including terms as a councilmember and holding a seat on the Weirton Park Board.

Andochick served as mayor of the city through much of the 1970s, during which time he oversaw the completion and opening of the current Weirton Municipal Building, moving the city’s seat of government from Weirton’s North End to its downtown.

He spent 10 years as a member of the Salvation Army board of directors and more than three decades on the board for the Hancock County Sheltered Workshop. His years with the workshop included the construction of Greenbrier Manor, for which he was instrumental, and the development of the workshop’s laundry facility, which has provided employment to countless clients and staff over the years.

Later on, he would become a supporter of the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center, even contributing items and a few of his own memories to its collection in an effort to further preserve the community’s history.

For all of that, and more, he was inducted into the Weirton Hall of Fame in 2015.

During his induction, Andochick encouraged residents to find ways of their own to give back to their community.

Michael Andochick was the very definition of a public servant. We hope more in our community find ways to become inspired by his example.

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