Patricia Ann's Story
RYE, NH - Educator, Innovator, Mentor, Loving Matriarch
Patricia Ann (Stacy) Koravos, 85, of Rye, N.H., died peacefully January 8, 2018, at Portsmouth Regional Hospital, Portsmouth, N.H.
She was the daughter of the late Mildred Helen Stewart and the late John Stacy.
Patricia (Pat) was born on June 25, 1932, in Portsmouth, N.H. She spent many years of her young life in upstate New York where her siblings were born and raised and she graduated from high school at the age of 15.
While visiting her maternal aunt in Lowell, Mass., she met her former husband, Joseph Louis Koravos (deceased). After several relocations, including upstate New York and Dallas, Texas, they returned to Massachusetts and settled and raised their family in Tewksbury, Mass., among the loving arms and traditions of the large extended Koravos/Coravos families. After her children were enrolled in the Tewksbury public schools, she returned to her love of learning and received a teaching degree from Lowell State Teacher's College (now University of Massachusetts Lowell) with a concentration in History. She went on to attend a Master's program at Boston University.
After receiving her teaching certificate, Pat taught social studies in the Tewksbury public school system for 25 years. Later in retirement she worked for the Discovery Channel School where she traveled to school systems nation wide to make presentations on incorporating media into the classroom. Her classroom was always bustling with energy, activity, and creativity. She was an extraordinary person with an energetic and positive life perspective and a keen intellect. She has touched so many and will be missed.
At the time of her death, Pat resided at Rye Beach, N.H., with her daughter, Rosemary Koravos; granddaughter, Natasha Koravos; and dog, Max. She loved the ocean and felt at peace living steps away from the beach.
Patricia is survived by her three children, JoAnne Koravos and her husband, Mike Soboroff of Silver Spring, Md., Rosemary Koravos of Rye, N.H., and Joseph Louis Koravos II and his wife, Donna of Lowell, Mass.; five grandchildren, Jason Koravos, Timothy Dalton and fiancé, Aurelie Jezequel, Jillian Koravos and fiancé, Michael Barnes, Mackenzie Koravos, and Natasha Koravos; and two great-grandchildren, Nina Rose Koravos and Alexander Koravos. She was the sister of Carl Webster, Carla Webster, the late Mildred (Stacy) Copperwheat, the late John Stacy and surviving wife, Dorothy Stacy, as well as many nieces and nephews, all of the upstate New York area.
Per Patricia's wishes, family and friends are invited to attend her Celebration of Life party, which will include refreshments, personal stories, and photographs of her life, on Saturday, January 27, 2018, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Long Meadow Golf Club, 165 Havilah Street, Lowell, MA 01852. E-condolences at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Patricia A. Koravos at Year Up - helping low-income young adults train for professional careers (www.yearup.org); The Children's Heart Foundation - congenital heart defects research (www.childrensheartfoundation.org); or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (www.stjude.org). All other Funeral Services will be private. Funeral Arrangements by O'Donnell Funeral Home - Lowell (978-458-8768).
Published on January 20, 2018