Catholic Woman of the Year Honorees

The SCCCW Catholic Woman of the Year is named at the Annual SCCCW Convention.   The nominees are Catholic Women of the Year from the five Deaneries.  The Honoree chosen as the SCCCW Woman of the year is presented a sterling silver Our Lady of Good Counsel Medal.  The tradition began in 1952.

2019Catholic Woman of the Year

Mary Ann Schoch

Mary Ann Beshere was born and grew up in downtown Charleston, SC. When she was 19, she met and fell in love with her “Citadel man,” Ron Hatchell. They married the following year and were blessed with three children, Ron, Jr., Amanda, and Sarah. As a family, they enjoyed all the busy activities associated with children, such as homework, sports, scouting, band, etc. In 2004, her husband passed away. However, life started anew in 2011 when she married Bernie Schoch, and Mary Ann has never been happier. They have four grandchildren and cherish the times they spend with them and their parents.
 
Mary Ann has been an active member of St. John the Beloved Church in Summerville since 1980. She taught religious instruction classes, was a Mass Coordinator, and is a Eucharistic Minister. She is one of the founding members of the Altar Guild, and she became a member of the Bereavement Ministry after she retired in 2012. In 2013, Mary Ann joined the Women’s Club at St. John’s and was elected Secretary the following year. 

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Mary Ann has been a part of the Outreach for the Hungry ministry since its inception at St. John’s. This ministry prepares hot meals every month and then delivers and serves them to the less fortunate at Neighborhood House in downtown Charleston. It is part of Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach. When the head of the ministry had to move in 2016, Mary Ann volunteered to take over. She maintains the menus, calendar, and membership for the ministry, and she acts as the liaison between the Neighborhood House and St. John the Beloved.  
 
In February 2016, while shopping at Second Chance Thrift Shop, she noticed how much the volunteers enjoyed their work and asked how she, too, could help. She was especially interested when she discovered all profits remained in Summerville and helped local charities. Within two months of volunteering, she was asked to join the Board and act as the Coordinator of the Wednesday volunteers. The following year she was elected Vice-President of Second Chance Thrift Shop.  
 
Mary Ann enjoys being active through St. John the Beloved and in her community at large. While she has given of herself throughout her life, she quickly acknowledges that what she has received in return is immeasurable. 
 

Past Honorees

Carol Lintner

Anna Sudomerski

Peggy Moulton

Mary Hughes Shumpert

Mary Ann Turner 

Claire Wagner

Iris Young      

Mrs. Cherrin Moore        

Mrs. Pearlie Harris

Mrs. Maria Leal

Mrs. Nina McCuniff

Mrs. Sophie Sagrera

Mrs. Debra Cubra

Ms. Elease Amos-Goodwin

Mrs. Ann Marable

Mrs. Harriet McKie

Mrs. Pat Schmidt

Mrs. Corrine Tomihiro

Mrs. Josephine Dennis

Mrs. Cecilia Velte

Mrs. Ann Mitchum

Mrs. Betty Shepherd

Mrs. Judy Godbee

Mrs. Esther Tecklenburg

Mrs. Margaret Holihan

Mrs. Jeanne Casey

Mrs. Willie Mae Adams

Mrs. Ruth Duncan

Mrs. Willie Thompson

Mrs. Harriet Condon

Mrs. Albert T. Waters

Mrs. Amelia Taylor

Mrs. Elaine Roberson

Mrs. William Tallon

Mrs. John Arisman

Mrs. Ethel Grantham

Mrs. Mrs. Leslie Woppman

Mrs. Ruth McNamara

Mrs. Melvin Merritt

Mrs. Ronald Thomas

Mrs. Woodrow Wiggins

Mrs. John Hartnett

Mrs. Clara Zolnierowicz

Mrs. Isiah Williams

Mrs. L. A. Clements

Mrs. Gladys Vinzani

Mrs. George Williams

Mrs. R. W. Deganhardt

Mrs. Melvin Sams

Mrs. Elizabeth McClure

Mrs. Mary Francis        

Miss Agatha Spellman     

Mrs. T. J. Nolan                       

Mrs. James England, Sr.   

Mrs. Edward Foley    

Mrs. Joseph Dermody       

Mrs. Norman J. Marsha      

Mrs. Jennie Reynolds      

Mrs. H. A. Beagle        

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Mrs. J. L. Shannon      

Mrs. Russell Sanders   

Mrs. Rosalie Lighthart     

Mrs. Carl Niggel          

Mrs. Vincent Caggiano      

Mrs. David Biggs                     

Miss Marie May    

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Carol Lintner - 2018
Anna Sudoerski - 2017
Peggy Moulton - 2016
Mary Hughes Shumpert - 2015
Mary Ann Turner -2014
Claire Wagner - 2013
Iris Young - 2012
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