Mary Witchger

Obituary of Mary Anne Witchger

Mary Anne Marchino Witchger, of Charleston, SC, was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on January 27, 1938 and died at the age of 83, on January 29, 2021.

Mary Anne is survived by her husband of 58 years, Eugene Wolf Witchger and their five children and spouses, Gene (Edie), Ann (Torsten Busch), Mary Beth Mugnier (Greg), Wendy Wade (George), Brian (Tara).  She was lovingly referred to as “Grammie” to her 22 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

Mary Anne was an accomplished swimmer.  She trained at the Riviera Country Club and later at the Indianapolis Athletic Club where she met Gene.  Mary Anne swam the 100 meter backstroke for the 1956 U.S. Olympic team in Melbourne, Australia.  After graduating from Purdue University, she married Gene and began her greatest accomplishment of wife and mother.   Together they created, crafted, travelled the world and loved spending time with their family and friends.  A woman of many interests and talents, she taught kindergarten, owned a business, was a collector, and channeled her creativity through painting, needlework and basket making, she enjoyed golf and especially her two hole in ones!


Throughout their marriage, they lived in Indianapolis, IN; Roanoke, VA; London, England; New Canaan, CT; San Juan, Puerto Rico and finally settled in Kiawah Island, South Carolina. She was an active member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church where she and Gene deepened their faith and friendships were formed.


For over 50 years, cherished memories have been made at the annual vacation to Holden Beach with her ever growing family and extended family. She had a special knack for listening and making each person feel valued and loved.


A mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Johns Island, SC on Saturday February 13, 2021 at 11:30 am. Due to the virus, there will be no visitation before the funeral mass.  All are welcome to join us in person or through live stream for the mass.   The livestream address is:


In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to:

Johns Island Habitat for Humanity

2545 Bohicket Road

Johns Island, SC  29455


Holy Spirit Catholic Church

3871 Betsy Kerrison Pkwy,

John’s Island, SC  29455


Bishop Gadsden

1 Bishop Gadsden Way

Charleston, SC  29412

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