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Woman of the Year

2022 Honoree

On Tuesday, April 12, 2022, the Zonta Club of the Joliet Area announced their Woman of the Year. Dr. Karen Pastell, retired audiologist and former owner of Prairieland Audiology, was chosen by her peers for this once-in-a-lifetime honor.

In giving the award at the monthly membership meeting, Committee Chair Peggy Field noted some of the comments made by other members about Pastell. “She is very dependable, and has cheerfully served on many committees. She chaired two fundraisers and was chair of the Festival of Culture.” Pastell has been a member of the club for 14 years and has held various executive board positions. She recently stepped up to volunteer to be Treasurer for the club. She has been involved in many of the club’s service projects, and has been one of the club’s most reliable members.

Pastell was also recently honored by the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce as she’s been one of their most active members.

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Woman of the Year Past Honorees

2004 Kathy Giegerich

2005 Beth Ann May 

2006 Mary Baudino 

2007 Pat Perrier

2008 Dinah Archambeault

2009 Yolanda Reyes

2010 Bonnie Horne 

2011 Rita Weiss

2012 Beth Colvin

2013 Mary Lancaster 

2014 Peggy Field

2015 Cathy Lowery

2016 Helen Hester Ross 

2017 Kristine Schlismann 

2018 Catherine Adamowski

2019 Pam Hunte

2020 Donna Zanzola

2021 Terri King

1995 Pam Davis Gorcowski

1996 Helen Sarsfield 

1997 Emita Ostrem

1998 Ta Wilson 

1999 Jan Larsen

2000 Lora McGuire

2001 Bonnie McElroy

2002 Dianne Harmon

2003 Karen Lega

1986 Helen Harshbarger 

1987 Dorothy Cryder 

1988 Carmela Castagna

1989 Dianna Gliwa

1990 Wanda Onstad

1991 Charlotte Baker

1992 Mohra Gavankar

1993 Jane DeWitt 

1994 Judith Freund Vavrus 

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