Nancy Smith Kowal, 80

Nancy Smith Kowal, MS-NP-C 80, of Worcester, MA, wife of the late Walter Kowal, passed away Tuesday September 19, 2023 in Pottstown, PA.

Born in Braintree, MA, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Dorothy (Rutter) Smith.

Nancy spent her career as a nurse practitioner at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, MA. In the early 1960’s, Nancy was first runner up in the Miss Massachusetts pageant. During the last few years, she raised money for a nursing scholarship program. She always felt it was important to give back.

Surviving is her daughter Lisa Aijala; son Richard Kowal; grandchildren Ava and Brooke Aijala and Ethan and Kevin Kowal; brothers Everett and Kenny Smith; and sisters Karen Reichardt and Irene Read.

Along with her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her son Christopher Kowal and brothers Fred and Spencer Smith.

Services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Nancy’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at

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Wonderful memories were made during our days at MGH! Singing around the piano in the living room of the Lincolnshire Hotel, with Nancy leading and Grace Tabacco playing, is indelibly inked in my mind. Having Nancy as a soloist at our wedding was a real treat! Nancy loved fun and often was in the center of it. She was a very caring, kind and talented person who will be sorely missed by all. One day, we will all gather together in heaven and sing God"s glory.

~ Kendra Swanson Davidsen
10/16/2023 12:07:53 PM

I will always remember Nancy as a brilliant woman who Loved Music and Fun. I hope you are celebrating above with your loved ones.
My deepest condolences to Nancy’s family.

~ Linda Hidgdon
9/28/2023 12:29:28 PM

To my big sister. Maybe you will find peace now.

~ Irene Read .Virginia beach, VA
9/27/2023 8:59:49 PM

I will always remember Nancy and her hospitality and kind soul. Also the many fun holidays we spent together. My condolences to Nancy's family, she will be remembered fondly.

~ Donna Nicotera Braintree, Ma
9/27/2023 3:30:30 PM

To my Big sister, may your days be peaceful, may your presence always be with us . I'll Never forget you and look forward to seeing you when it's my turn to come home. ????Kenny

~ Smith
9/27/2023 3:13:23 PM