Patricia Ann Koravos Print E-mail

 

Patricia Ann Koravos

Educator, Innovator, Mentor, Loving Matriarch

Patricia Ann (Stacy) Koravos, 85, of Rye, New Hampshire, died peacefully January 8, 2018 at Portsmouth Regional Hospital, Portsmouth, NH. She was the daughter of the late Mildred Helen Stewart and the late John Stacy.

Patricia was born on June 25, 1932 in Portsmouth, NH. 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, MA 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, MA 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, Patricia (Pat) taught social studies in the Tewksbury public school system for 25 years. Pat was at the forefront of new teaching methods and bringing technology into the classroom. So much so, that The Discovery Program hired her to travel to school systems nation wide to make presentations on incorporating media into the classroom. She created a great stir when she took out the rows of desks in her classroom and replaced them with round tables at which students would gather and actually talk to each other! Her classroom was always bustling with energy, activity, and creativity. Students eagerly looked forward to going to her class and loved every minute being there. Having gained a reputation within Discovery, later in retirement she continued to work as an Education Online Manager for the Discovery Channel School.

In the mid1980’s Pat settled in Rye Beach, NH where she resided with her daughter Rosemary Koravos, granddaughter Natasha Koravos, and dog Max, until her death. She loved the ocean and felt at peace living steps away from the beach. She spent many hours playing in the waves and on the rock jetty with her grandchildren when they were young. Pat formally and informally mentored many students, friends, and family members throughout her life and theirs. 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.

Patricia is survived by her three children JoAnne Koravos and her husband Mike Soboroff of Silver Spring, MD, Rosemary Koravos of Rye, NH, and Joseph Louis Koravos II and his wife Donna of Lowell, MA; five grandchildren Jason Koravos, Timothy Dalton and fiancée 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. 

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in memory of Patricia A. Koravos: 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)

Per Patricia’s wishes, a Celebration of Life party which will include refreshments, personal stories, and photographs of her life, is planned for January 27, 2018 from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at the Long Meadow Golf Club, 165 Havilah Street, Lowell, MA 01852.

Condolences (4)
  • Stuart Copperwheat  - From your cousin
    JoAnne, Rosemary, Joe, I wanted so much to be able to see Aunt Pat one last time. Unfortunately health reasons these past few years have prevented me from doing so. Its hard to believe its been 38 years since her sister (my mother) passed, but I hope you will take comfort knowing that your mother has always been a part of our hearts. She was always so kind, a loving trait that we will fondly remember her for. Peace be with you all at this difficult time.
  • The Morris Family  - A wonderful life
    What a beautiful obituary. After hearing so much about your mother we are honored to br able to say we were able to meet her last summer. JoAnne you have continued on her tradition of being a wonderful mentor and friend to us. We love you and Mike, and our thoughts are with your enrire family. Love, Evan, Jill, Hayden and Laila
  • Stephen and Janet Soboroff  - So very sorry for your loss.
    Your mother sounds like she was a very wonderful woman who led a very productive and accomplished life. You are very fortunate to have had her. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. We send you our love.
  • Lynn Whitney  -  Beautiful tribute in the obituary
    I was one of the many people who were inspired by Pat. She was my best friend JoAnne's mother but she was so cool, particularly when she returned to college while we were in high school and would be so excited about what she was learning and sharing with me, and anyone who would listen, all of her ideas about so many subjects. She was passionate and enthusiastic and I thrived in her light. Having been in her company within the past year I realize she maintained that passion and positivity despite numerous health challenges. A life well lived.
Write Condolence
Your Name:
Condolence:
Security
Please input the anti-spam code that you can read in the image.