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.

2020 Catholic Woman of the Year

Jeanette Altenburg

Jeannette Altenburg, a member of All Saints Church in Lake Wylie for 11 years and mother of three, was named the 2020 Catholic Woman of the Year. She and her husband, Bob, moved to South Carolina from New York more than a decade ago, and they both immediately became active members of the All Saints parish. She has served as president of the church’s women’s organization, chaired its hugely popular and profitable Bake Sale, and served in other ministries including Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, Lector, Usher, and Parish Finance Council. She and Bob also co-chaired the Parish Center building fund. When the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul moved into Lake Wylie, Jeannette organized the furnishing for the new convent and contacted local parishes to invite them to meet the sisters at a housewarming party she hosted. Elected as the first president of the newly formed Rock Hill Deanery, Jeannette was instrumental in reaching out to the area parishes to organize a Council of  Catholic women and to become an affiliate of the deanery. During her tenure, she doubled the affiliates to four and is currently co-chairing the efforts to host the 2021 SCCCW Convention in Rock Hill for the first time.

Past Honorees

Mary Ann Schoch

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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Mary Ann Schoch - 2019
Carol Lintner - 2018
Anna Sudoerski - 2017
Peggy Moulton - 2016
Mary Hughes Shumpert - 2015
Mary Ann Turner -2014
Claire Wagner - 2013
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