JoAnn H. Summa

January 2, 1942 - April 2, 2024

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JoAnn H. Summa, 82, of Palm Coast Florida, passed away peacefully on April 2, 2024,

surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Staten Island, NY, to the late Thomas

and Anna Terranova.

She was preceded in death by her husband John Summa. She is survived by her six

children: John, Lenny, Thomas (Kelly), Stella (Ethan), Joseph and Paul (Danielle); her

loving sister, Marie; 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces,

nephews, cousins, and innumerable friends. You would be hard-pressed to find

someone who, upon meeting her, did not consider themselves part of her extended

family. She had a gift for making everyone feel special and loved, and in most cases,

well fed.

She grew up, married and raised her family in Staten Island, NY. She moved to

Marathon, NY, in the late ‘80s, before relocating to Florida in 1994. She was a graduate

of Curtis High School in Staten Island, where she made strong friendships that have

lasted more than seven decades. Her most cherished role was that of mother, and later

grandmother, when she was at her best surrounded by a loud house full of her six

children and, most often, all their friends. She actively supported all their sports and

school endeavors, taking on roles of PTA president, Football mom, and many other

roles, defying the fact that there were really only 24 hours in a day. In addition, she

spent most of her working years in the healthcare industry on both the administrative

and patient care areas. Throughout her life, she has been focused on the care of others,

whether they be her children or grandchildren, her friends or just someone who was

lucky enough to pass through her life. She made friends wherever she went with

whoever sat near her on a plane, train, bus or at a Bingo table. Even strangers who met

her for the first time in Publix or at church felt like they knew her as local Palm Coast

Ford TV commercials made her somewhat of a local celebrity and highlighted her

cherished role as a mother. In her most recent years, she treasured her time playing

bingo, attending her church, and her weekly outings with her “Golden Girls” Alice,

Joanne and Fran.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday May 30, 2024 in

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 4600 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast, FL

32164, with Fr. Sergio Santos as Celebrant. The family will receive friends for visitation

prior to Mass, from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. in the church memorial room.

The family suggests, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in JoAnn’s

honor to the Stuart F. Meyer Hospice House in Palm Coast, FL via: AdventHealth

Hospice Care East Florida Foundation, 770 Granada Blvd, Suite 304, Ormond Beach,

FL 32174 or online at!/donation/checkout

The family of Mrs. Summa have entrusted her arrangements to Clymer Funeral Home &

Cremations, 39 Old Kings Road N., Palm Coast, FL 32137.


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