from left to right, Mary Rainey (President of Presbyterian Women), Sue Gochenour (Award Recipient), and Pat Blackley


Sue Gochenour came to us as a transfer member, and as one of our women so aptly stated, “She hit the ground running and she hasn’t stopped since.” Our honoree immediately became involved in church work.    She serves on the session, is chair of the mission committee, has been vice president and is now treasurer of Presbyterian Women.  She also serves on the board of Martha’s Meals on Wheels and helps deliver meals.  

Sue was born in Richmond, Virginia June 15, 1950, the middle daughter in a family of three girls.  Sue’s older sister, Marty, and younger sister, Pat are both deceased.  Her brother-in-law, Lee Piazza, now lives in Staunton at The Legacy. Sue has been a great help to Lee in establishing his life in the valley.    She has two nephews, Nathan and Nicholas, and a great nephew, Auggie.  Sue shares a home in Staunton with her good friend, Sarah Palmer, and her best four-legged friend, Tucker.

Sue graduated from George Wythe High School.  She earned a degree in English from James Madison University and a degree in journalism from Virginia Commonwealth University.  Sue taught English at Buffalo Gap High School for over thirty years.  In her spare time she enjoys traveling and gambling.  

Since Sue has been a member of Second Church, she has involved herself in every facet of church life.  She is passionate about all of our mission projects and backs up her words with plenty of action to support our mission work.  Sue’s dedication, enthusiasm and hard work inspire all of us to do more.