Patricia Marie Kretchmer, née Smith, age 82, of Skokie, died Monday, February 20, 2023, at JourneyCare Hospice, in Barrington, IL.
Daughter of the late Luther and Doris, née Rowles, Smith, she was born November 7, 1940, in Baltimore, MD.
Patricia fulfilled a dream and went to New York to work in off-Broadway theater but found her life’s work in the New York Public Library System. After moving to Skokie, IL, in 1978, she volunteered at the Skokie Public Library, where she supervised programs that provided reading materials to the blind and the homebound.
Beloved wife of Arthur; dear mother to Sam and Zack; amazing grandmother to Micah, Nathan, and Josh; dear sister to Margaret Ann Van Der Moelen, William Reese, Jr., Robert Reese, and Rosemary Reese; adoring aunt to nieces, Jessica and Kayleigh.
Funeral Service, Monday, February 27, 2023, at 10 a.m., at Loudon Park Funeral Home, 3620 Wilkens Av., Baltimore, MD, 21229.
Interment, Loudon Park Cemetery, immediately following.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), P.O. Box 96929, Washington, DC, 20090 (aspca.org).
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