Patricia Kuchinski Smith

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Dr. Patricia K. "Patti" Smith of Morgantown, WV, passed away on February 20, 2023 at the Harmony at Morgantown senior living facility after a lengthy illness. She was a devoted wife, a loving mother and grandmother.

She was born on March 8, 1934 in Stroudsburg, PA, daughter of the late Joseph G. and Mabel L. (Repsher) Kuchinski.

She graduated from East Stroudsburg State Teacher's College (now East Stroudsburg University) in 1955 and spent most of her life as an educator teaching at every level from elementary school to post-graduate studies. She taught remedial reading to juvenile offenders at the Robert F. Kennedy Youth Center (now FCI Morgantown) during the 1970s. She earned her Doctoral Degree at West Virginia University in 1975 and accepted a professorship as a reading specialist at WVU's College of Human Resources and Education where she would serve until her retirement in 1995. Patti and her husband relocated to Ft. Myers, FL in 1996, then to Greencastle, PA in 2006, and coming full circle, moved back to Morgantown in 2020.

Patti was proud of her Lithuanian heritage and her love for genealogy led her to travel to Lithuania to research her family history. Patti was also an accomplished writer. This talent inspired her to author her own story, along with several other family books, which leaves her family a gift to share with generations to come.

Patti is survived by her husband of 66 years, Dr. Edwin R. Smith of Morgantown, sons Timothy E. Smith and his wife Sandra of Fredericksburg, VA, Steven M. Smith and his wife Sharon of Morgantown and a daughter Marianne Smith of Baton Rouge, LA. Additionally, she is survived by two grandsons, Vincent Bianca of Chicago, IL and Michael Bianca of Baton Rouge, LA, a sister Constance Mervine of Rosemont, PA, a brother Michael Kuchinski and his wife Alison Heartwell of Fredericksburg, VA, and her cousin Helen Beall of Leesburg, VA.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Harmony Memory Care and Amedisys Hospice Care, especially Nicole, Laina, Chrystal, Lisa, and Melissa, for Patti's care during the final years of her life.

In keeping with her wishes, cremation arrangements were entrusted to

Hastings Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass was held on Monday, February 27, 2023, in Morgantown, WV. Patti's remains will be entombed at the WV National Cemetery in Grafton at a later date.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Posted online on February 27, 2023

Published in Echo Pilot, Echo-Pilot