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Lois Carol Gremer

April 6, 1943 — March 13, 2024

Lois Carol Gremer, age 80, of Fleming Island, Florida and formerly, Tampa, Florida, passed away peacefully, March 13, 2024, at her home in Fleming Island. Ms. Gremer, known as Carol, was just a few short weeks from her 81st birthday.  Born to John Bernard Gremer, father and Bernice Valentine Chisholm, mother on April 6, 1943, in Tampa, Florida.  Carol Gremer was one of seven children born to John and Bernice Gremer and grew up in the Tampa community of Highland Ave.   Ms. Gremer graduated from Sacred Heart Academy as did both of her parents before her in 1960.  During her High School years, she worked at her Mother’s old fashioned hobby and soda shop the Dixie Hobby Shop on Hillsborough Ave.  After graduating Carol married Peter Paul Barker at Sacred Heart church in Tampa.  She then began working for Bell South as a phone operator.    When Carol’s mother Bernice, passed away in 1966, Carol then went back to the Dixie Hobby shop and ran the store until closure in the early 1970’s.  Losing her mother early was a great loss.  Carol had three girls at the time of her mother’s death and was awaiting the arrival of her only son.   In keeping with the family tradition of business ownership, Ms. Gremer began a wholesale and retail seafood shop for the next 30 years.   She also owned the shrimp and fishing boats that caught the fresh seafood sold.  With time, the State of Florida needed space for roads, so the seafood business was sold to give way to highway expansion.    Not wishing to retire yet, Carol looked to her other passion, children.  She began a new career that spanned another 24 years as a professional nanny.  Carol’s longest post was with the Faller Family of Largo, Florida.   

 She will always be remembered for being the ultimate working mother and later in life as the ultimate and most devoted nanny.  Carol is also remembered as the best cheerleader and most vocal sponsor of her three daughter’s champion softball Team the “Green Machine”.   She was proceeded in death by her parents, her husband, her two brothers and three of her four sisters.   Carol Gremer is survived by her three girls and one son.  Carol Corbitt of Grantville, Georgia, Velda Moore of Bothell, Washington, Victoria Zagar of Fleming Island, Florida, and Peter Paul Barker of the Tampa Bay area.   The nine Grandchildren include Austin Corbitt of Hogansville, Georgia, Lauren Corbitt Seamon of Manassas, Virginia, Nathaniel Brown of Brooklyn, N.Y, Alexander Brown of Orlando, Florida, Glenn Moore of St. Augustine, Florida, Lizzy Zagar Conroy of Fleming Island, Florida, Jordan Zagar of Jacksonville, Florida, and the two beautiful daughters of Peter Paul Barker of the Tampa Bay area.   The eight Great Grandchildren include Austin Avery Corbitt, Ethan Tanner Corbitt, and Hannah Grace Catlette of Hogansville, Eden Alexandra Brown, Alexander James Brown Jr. and Violet Michelle Brown of Orlando, Florida, plus Oliver Michael Conroy and Eliana Rose Conroy of Fleming Island, Florida.   Carol Gremer’s wishes were to be cremated and her family enjoy a Celebration of Life get together.  The Celebration of Life will be June 8th, 2024, at McIntosh Reserve in Carrollton, Georgia at the River Overlook and Pavilion #3.  This will be an all-day outdoor event ending with a ceremony at the edge of the Chattahoochee River.  In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Celebration of Life, by attending, bringing a covered dish and/or memorabilia of your time with Carol Gremer.  All pictures are very much appreciated and will be displayed at the River Overlook Pavilion the day of the Celebration.   

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