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Joann Gilbart Summer, part of a pioneer family


© St. Petersburg Times, published July 21, 2000

ST. PETERSBURG -- Joann Gilbart Summer, a member of a pioneer family that helped settle St. Petersburg more than a century ago, has died at 69.

Mrs. Summer, whose grandfather, H.W. Gilbart, arrived in St. Petersburg in 1884, died Tuesday (July 18, 2000) at a nursing home in Raleigh, N.C. The cause was congestive heart failure, family said.

The daughter of onetime West Coast Title Co. president Oscar Gilbart and the former Finnette Williams, she was born in St. Petersburg and graduated from St. Petersburg High School in 1948.

With major studies in home economics, she graduated in 1952 from Florida State University.

After college, she met her future husband, Thomas Summer, on a visit to El Paso, Texas, where her sister, Finnette Gilbart deLorimier, lived with her husband, Charles deLorimier, a career Army officer.

They married at Fort Bliss, Texas, where he was an artillery officer. After he left the service, they moved to Raleigh.

There she taught school and he worked in sales for 3M Co. He died three years ago. Mrs. Summer frequently returned to her hometown, most recently in 1998 for her 50th high school reunion.

In Raleigh Mrs. Summer was a volunteer for the American Cancer Society and a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd.

Survivors include two daughters, Melissa Summer Barrett, Cherryville, N.C., and Lavonne White, Clayton, N.C.; and three sons, Wes and Dan, both of Raleigh, and Jim, Knightdale, N.C.; and 13 grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. today at Temple Baptist Church, Raleigh.

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