Patricia Ann [Wanger] Smith was born in Pottstown on April 2, 1938, to the late Henry Lincoln Wanger and Laura Elizabeth Wisler Wanger. She went to be with her Lord on August 8, 2018, surrounded by her loving family.
Pat was the Best Friend, Life Partner and spouse of Kathryn M. Ballein. In addition to her spouse Kathy, Pat is survived by her three children R. Todd Moyer husband of Mary Jane, Laurie L. Scotka wife of Rick and S. Suzanne Grace; grandchildren Andrew W. Lackman husband of Crystal, Jacob D. Lackman husband of Mardi, Athena M. Bair wife of Tim, Jacqueline Grace, James J. Grace IV, and Brian Munz husband of Kim; and great grandchildren Kendrick Whitehurst, Henley Bair, Jacob and Maria Munz. She also leaves behind her four furry babies Charlie Dickens, Hally, Prince Charming and Princess Jasmine.
Pat, a lifelong member of First Baptist Church starting with the Cradle Roll, shared her talents in many capacities through the years as a Deaconess, Church Clerk, Church Treasurer, choir member, unofficial Church Historian, and singer with the Mothers and Daughters.
Pat graduated from Pottstown High School with the Class of 1956. For a short time she went to nurses training at Reading Hospital and later became a hospital trained lab technician. In the early 1980’s Pat continued her medical education at Hahnemann University graduating as a Physician Assistant in 1984. Her PA career was spent at the Montgomery County Geriatric and Rehabilitation Center retiring in 2000.
Pat was an avid family historian following in the footsteps of her genealogist grandfather George Wanger. She loved the history of the Pottstown area and wrote three published books. In recent years Pat spent many hours with friends in creating the Alumni Room at Pottstown High School. She was on the North Coventry Historical Commission since its inception.
Pat loved quilting and sewing, making treasured items for all her family members. She was past Worthy Matron of the Schuylkill Chapter #338 Order of the Eastern Star in Pottstown.
Pat and Kathy shared a small antique business, Cedarville Antiques. They also loved traveling, visiting all 50 states as well as fascinating places around the world from Machu Picchu and the Pyramids, to Safaris in Africa; from the Galapagos to New Zealand, places that when they were children were only read about in geography books.
A Celebration of Pat’s Life will be held on Saturday, August 25, at 3:00 at the First Baptist Church, 301 King Street, Pottstown. A Visitation will start at 1:30 with an Eastern Star service to follow. A time of fellowship will be held at the conclusion of the celebration. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Memorial Fund of the First Baptist Church at the above address. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.