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YOUNGSTOWN – In 1932, American philosopher Walter B. Pitkin published a self-help book titled “Life Begins at Forty”. Eight years later, June Summers was born at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital and found it wrong.
In fact, the Youngstown native has accomplished more in her 81 years than some nations have done in centuries.
Born into a family of 12 children, Summers, her five sisters and six brothers learned the value of hard work early on. And Summers certainly personifies the theory that hard work pays off.
Today, as an acclaimed author in her own right, she’s a testament to the notion of life that begins whenever you decide to start it.
Her latest book, “There Was an Old Woman” is her last release, but her own story may well be her own bestseller.
She graduated from Rayen School in 1958 and graduated from Youngstown State University in 1962.
She is officially retired, but Summers began her career as an art teacher, then became an accountant for a CPA firm in Florida. She left the firm in 2016, but her true passion – writing – took off like a gangbuster five years ago, even though she actually started when she was just a girl.
âI started writing poems in elementary school, but my serious writing didn’t start until the 1990s. My oldest daughter, Wendy, and I ran a non-profit organization finding homes forever for abused and abandoned dogs and cats. We needed money to support our animal family. Wendy had the idea to write a book to help us fund animal rescue and I ran with the idea, âSummers said.
Wendy died of cancer several years ago, but she inspired Summers to write her first book.
This book, “Let Freedom Ring”, was her first, but it was unfortunately only published in 2016, long after Wendy lost her battle with cancer. But it sparked excitement from Summers’ inner author, and she has since published four more books: “Before We Fade Away” and “Conflict of Time,” both in 2018, “Whatever It Takes” in 2020 and ” There Was an Old Woman “in 2021..
âI still have two completed non-fiction manuscripts to publish. “In the Dog House”, which is about Wendy and our lives with our animal shelter, and “Please pass the eyeball: throw the most unique and bizarre Halloween party of all. time, âSummers said.
In addition to Wendy, Summers has another daughter, Glory Ann Harnois, who lives in Florida with her husband, Jim, and grandson, Steve, and a granddaughter, Emily Harnois, who is a Master Sgt in the Air Force. She said her family is her real success story.
She said that they and her sisters Bonnie Miller, 94, of Hermitage, Pa., And Gail Johnson, 83 (who also works another five days a week) of Youngstown, as well as her niece Joyce A. Joyce, are her greatest source of happiness. and fulfillment.
A sister, Bernis Fizet, died last October and another sister, Helen Balestra, died in October 2018. A sixth sister, Betty, died as a child. Summers’ six brothers are also deceased.
Although she lived in Florida for many years, she moved to her hometown a few years ago to spend time with her surviving sisters.
âI’m currently working on a manuscript that I call ‘1010 Colleda Avenue’ about an apartment building on the East Side of Youngstown, its eight tenants and its superintendent,â Summers said.
âI don’t want the reader to let go of my book. So I’m trying to get the reader to keep reading to find out what exciting, horrible, or tantalizing event will take place in the next chapter.
Stay tuned to see what the next chapter in Summers’ life reveals as well.