( August 17, 1932 – September 25, 2023 )

Esther Marie Ament, 91, passed away at her home on Monday, September 25, 2023, surrounded by her family. She was born to the late Adam John & Anna Sczygelski on August 17th, 1932, on the farm in Merrill, WI. She married the late Jerome Ament on June 9th, 1951, in Merrill. He preceded her in death on November 26, 2012. Esther retired from Theda Clark Memorial Hospital as head of housekeeping after 19 years. She loved crocheting, gardening, computers, traveling, flying, scrabble, puzzles, reading the Readers Digest Condensed books, her famous “Ma’s Cake”, and in her younger years, roller skating. Esther was a charter member of St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church as well as a remarkable wife and mother as she instilled her faith and values in her children.

Esther is survived by her children: Teresa (David) Coulthurst, Menasha, Germaine Smith, Appleton, Charlene Collier, Menasha, Susanne (Kevin) Parman, Neenah, Timothy (Lisa) Ament, Leopolis, WI, 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren “Gramma the Grape”; and 5 great-great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Becky Ament Klein; her sister, Rosemary Eckardt, Merrill, her brother John (Helen) Sczygelski, Merrill, and sister-in-law Corrine Sczygelski, Merrill. 

Esther is preceded in death by her sons: Jerome and James; son-in-law, Carl Collier; great-grandson, Ajay Coulthurst; sisters: Regina (Norman) Roetz and Genevieve (Jerome) Hollenback; brothers: Charles Sczygelski, Lawrence Sczygelski, and Antone Sczygelski; brothers-in-law: David (Marian) Ament, Eldor (Dorothy Mae) Ament, Daniel (Dorothy) Ament, Vilas (Marian) Ament, Duane Ament, Max (Corlis) Woller, Robert Eckardt; sisters-in-law: Carmelita (Lawrence) Kleinschmidt, Joyce Sczygelski and Vivian Sczygelski.

The Mass of Resurrection will be held at 11:30 AM on Saturday, September 30, 2023, at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 900 Geiger St., Neenah, with Fr. Robert Kollath officiating. The visitation will be held at the church from 10:00 AM until the hour of service. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery.

The family would like to thank the staff of Moments Hospice, especially her aide, Kim, for all their care and compassion.

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