Kochman to join Weirton Hall of Fame

WEIRTON – Catherine “Kitty” Kochman is among those set to join the Weirton Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2014 on May 4.

Kochman will be inducted in the category of public service.

The sixth-annual Weirton Hall of Fame induction ceremony is set to take place at 2 p.m. at Undo’s in Weirton. Tickets are available until May 2 for $25 each at R.E. Saxon Jeweler and the Weirton Municipal Building. Approximately 250 tickets are being sold and will not be available at the door. The event is open to the public.

For more than 20 years, Kochman has dedicated much of her life to service to the community. Beginning in 1980, she has served on the committee for the Fort Steuben Council of Boy Scouts of America annual golf classic at Williams Country Club as well as the committee of Upper Ohio Valley March of Dimes, for which she served as team captain for the United Bank and won first place by raising thousands of dollars.

Kochman has worked as a volunteer for the Weirton Medical Center semi-annual blood analysis program since 1989. She served as the secretary and treasurer for the Business and Professional Women’s Club from 1989 until 2011 when the group disbanded.

As volunteerism continued to be at the forefront of her mind, Kochman joined the Kiwanis Club in 1992 and remains an active member. During her time with Kiwanis, she has held the offices of president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, lieutenant governor and received the Distinguished Service Award for service to these offices. She was also awarded the George F. Hixon Medal, the highest award given by Kiwanis International, in 2004 by the Weirton Kiwanis Club and formed the first and only “Aktion Club” in the state of West Virginia at the Hancock County Sheltered Workshop.

In 1994, Kochman once again stepped out to assist the Weirton United Way by serving as chairperson of the Retail Division for 12 years.

Kochman was named a Lifetime member of the Friends of West Virginia Northern Community College in 1999 and served as a board member at the college’s Weirton campus. She also joined the Weirton Salvation Army Board that year and has remained an active member.

Other organizations with which Kochman has been involved include Family Connections, a non-profit mental health agency in Weirton, Weirton Area Civic Foundation, Friends of Mary H. Weir Public Library, Bank at School Program, Weirton Heights Elementary Improvement Council, Partner in Education Program with Weirton Heights Elementary through United Bank, Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce committees, and graduated from the Chamber’s Leadership Weirton program.

Kochman also serves on the Executive Committee of the Hancock County Republican Party and is a Ballot Commissioner for the City of Weirton elections in addition to being a poll worker. She was awarded Senior Woman of the Year by WEIR 1430 for dedicated service to the Weirton community in 2009.

In 1982, Kochman joined the Weirton Covenant Church where she continues to be an active member.