Thomas Lynn Gilbertson

February 28, 1940April 28, 2014

Gilbertson, Thomas L., 74, of Tampa passed away April 28, 2014. Born in Madison, Wisconsin, and raised in Monona, Wisconsin, Thomas Joined the Navy reserves while in high school and after 2 years in the reserves, he served 4 years of active duty in U.S. Navy. He went to Northeastern University in Chicago, where he met his wife, and after graduating in 1967, he taught school in Madison , Wisconsin for 28 years. He got his Masters degree in Humanities from the University of California at Dominguez Hills in 1988. He retired to the Tampa Bay area in 2000. Survivors include his loving wife of 48 years, Jeanette Gilbertson of Tampa; children, David Gilbertson (Bobbette) of Bradenton and Bethanne Hayes (Brian) of Tampa; and grandchildren, Kaia, Hailey, Haakon, and Joshua. A Memorial Service will be held at 3pm on Sunday, May 4 at the Blount and Curry Funeral Home, Oldsmar/West Hillsborough Chapel, 6802 Silvermill Dr, Tampa. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.


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May 15, 2014

Dear Jeanie and family,
I was so saddened to see that you lost Tom. It hardly seems possible that it was 2000 when you retired to Tampa. I am sure you had many fun times down there together.Cherish the good memories . You have my deepest sympathy.
Sincere sympathy, Patty Wood

Richard Hartwig

May 15, 2014

Jeanie and family,
Our sympathy to you and your family. I was a classmate of Tom's from third grade through high school and my wife Sandy was also a classmate at MG
High School. I knew Tom as a thoughtful and serious person who also enjoyed a good laugh. We shared a love for music and football--Tom was very good at both. We all learn from those we know in life and Tom touched many lives in a positive way.
Richard and Sandra (Firehammer) Hartwig

Jeanie Glibertson

May 14, 2014

Thank you for your thoughts, memories, and support. Each message is read and valued. God bless you all.

Anna Lee Landen

May 12, 2014

Saddened to see Tom's obit in Sunday's Wisconsin State Journal. My sincere sympathy to you and your family. Take care of yourself, Jeanie. Keep in touch.

Douglas & Carolyn Latham

May 12, 2014

We are so very sorry to hear of Tom's passing. I often think about our younger days and all of the good times Tom and I had together. The time I went with him to Sunday church service still brings a smile to my face to this day. You had to be there but I am sure we were close to being asked to leave. He will always be with us in our hearts and memories and when we see each other again, we will pick right up where we left off. Until then, he will be sorely missed by all.

Don Stoddard

May 4, 2014

Nancy and I will be present to share the respect we have for Tom. I worked with Tom for 10 years in the 1970s when he was by any measure, an excellent teacher at Cherokee Heights Middle School in Madison WI. Kids liked Tom and his calm ways. His smiles told the students that he liked them. A memorable event that comes to mind was an overnight camping trip to our school forest. Nine sixth grade teachers, on consecutive days each took their class to the forest on a well organized field trip. One of the other teachers, a near retirement lady asked if it was mandatory to participate. Tom volunteered to take her class if she would teach his students their regular school lessons . The deal was made. That in itself makes a good story, but there is more..The teacher who begged off going camping decided to drive to the campgrounds that evening and joined in the campfire activities. I stood at the edge of the campers during the singalong and there was Mrs W.. with two of her girls snuggled up with her on a log . The next day at school she came to my office and said,"Next year I'm going camping with my class." What began with Tom's generosity turned out to help another teacher improve and enjoy.
Don and Nancy Stoddard

May 1, 2014

Jeanie, David & family and BethAnne & family ;
Extending our sincere sympathy, we will miss Tom's unique humor & presence amoung us. Sorry, we cannot be there to celebrate Tom's life & to share memories.

Nada & Joe Zeimet