Joan Smeltzer

February 8, 1943January 2, 2021

Joan Roberta Largent Smeltzer, 77 of Martinsburg, passed away on January 2, 2021.

Born on February 8, 1943 in Christiansburg, Virginia, she was the daughter of the late John J. and Bethel McKinney Largent. Joan earned her Masters Degree in Education at West Virginia University. Throughout the years she taught at Martinsburg High School, Potomac State College of WVU, Hagerstown Community College, Lord Fairfax Community College, and Shenandoah University. Joan enjoyed working and gardening at the family farm in Hampshire County and she had a special love for cats. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Ronald L. Smeltzer; her daughter, Lynne Smeltzer; and her brother, John R. Largent and his wife, Kay. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Berkeley County Humane Society. Condolences can be sent to


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Nancy Albert

January 13, 2021

At Lord Fairfax Community College we all loved and respected Joan! She was a terrific colleague and a mentor to new teachers. She will be missed by so very many who had the privilege to know and work with her.

John Largent

January 12, 2021

I loved my sister. We grew up together and attended school and college together. We took care of the old home place together. We had many family outings together with family and friends. She will be missed.

John Adams

January 10, 2021

Well she has been a mother, a teacher and wife
We'll remember always
Through the strength of her life
She will burn with a light of her own
We'll miss you Mrs. Joan

John Adams

January 10, 2021

Mrs. Smeltzer was the most significant teacher I 3ver had. She instilled and encouraged me with a love of reading and writing I will cary with me always. I very glad I had the opportunity to tell her that directly some time ago. Thoughts and prayers to her Family, friends, and former students.

John Adams

Christina (Barnes) Bayes

January 9, 2021

I wanted to send condolences to the family, especially Lynne. Your mom was my high school literature teacher. I admired her so much for her passion for reading and her gentle heart. She was so kind, and she left a lasting impression on me. I’m sending prayers to your family.

Davi Lang Kaercher

January 8, 2021

I have very fond memories of my senior year English class. She expected out best work and made class enjoyable. Good literature was always present in the classroom. There was always a book on her desk that she was reading. A wonderful role model for each of us. Leslie I remember your most embarrassing moment. As I remember Patty and I were trying not to laugh and not having much success.

Earl Santymire

January 8, 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with Mrs. Smeltzer's family. She was my senior English teacher at Martinsburg Senior High School. I have fond memories of her class and used some of the teaching methods she used in my teaching career, especially the independent study unit guidelines.

Trent Dearing

January 8, 2021

Condolences and prayers to the family. She was a fine teacher and a very nice lady.

Lynne Smeltzer

January 7, 2021

Mrs. Smeltzer was 100 % committed to being an educator. Teaching was her love and she touched many lives including my Father and myself. The greatest honor is that, above all, she was my teacher as well and I am the only person who can call her Mom.

How Caton

January 7, 2021

I am so sad at the passing of my lovely cousin, Joan. My heartfelt condolences to Ron, Lynne, John Robert, and Kay.