In Memory of

Gillian 'Jill' E. Ament

January 23, 1959 - February 4, 2013
Gillian 'Jill' E. Ament, the daughter of Del and Mary (Reilly) Ament, was born January 23, 1959, in Cherokee, IA. She was a 1977 graduate of Washington High School and in 1981 she graduated from Benedictine College in Atchison, KS with a B.A. in political science. Jill moved to Washington DC in 1981. She worked at a number of Washington area non-profits gaining experience in finance, fundraising, personnel and community organizing. In 1993 she joined the National Housing Trust, a national nonprofit, devoted to preservation of affordable housing. As the Trust's Controller, she will be dearly remembered by her coworkers and the residents of the Trust's properties. In addition to her professional life, Jill enjoyed taking trips with family and friends and took great pride in providing hospitality in her home for many visitors over the years. She was also an avid reader and loved tending to her flowers. Jill was preceded in death by her father, Del Ament. She is survived by her mother, Mary Ament-Rupp (Norman) of Cherokee, IA; her five sisters: Julie (Dan) Marr of Marietta, GA, Betsy (Frank) Black of Dubuque, IA, Ellen (Wayne) Russell of Omaha, NE, Stephanie (Tim) Schutt of Iowa City, IA, and Teri (Riley) Fairchild of Dubuque, IA; step-sisters and brothers: Pamela Rupp of Cherokee, IA, Gregory (Renee) Rupp of Cherokee, IA, Bradley (Nancy) Rupp of Davenport, FL, and Lori (Rob) LeFleuer of Minneapolis, MN; twelve nieces and nephews: Erin (David) Engram of Anthem, AZ Kate Black of Iowa City, IA, Michael (Heather) Black of Dubuque, IA Stephen Black of Fargo, ND, Bryan (Jennifer) Russell of Omaha, NE, Chrystine Russell of Norfolk, NE, Katy Russell of Chicago, IL, Tony (Makenzie) Schutt of Marion, IA, Ian (Jheri) Schutt of West Des Moines, IA, Alex Schutt of Iowa City, IA, Matt Upstrom of Gonzales, TX, and Emily Upstrom of Napierville, IL; she is also survived by six great nieces and nephews: Andrew and Ellie Engram of Anthem, AZ, Yossarian Pierpont of Iowa City, IA, Abigail and Shawn Russell of Omaha, NE and Zachary Schutt of Marion, IA; one uncle, Robert (Kathy) Ament of McAllen, TX; and one aunt, Florence (Verl) Peterson of Turin, IA.
Memorial services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, February 16, 2013, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee.
Father Dan Guenther
Visitation will begin at 2:00 P.M. Friday, with the family present from 5:00-7:00 P.M. Friday night at Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee.
Mt. Calvary Cemetery Cherokee, Iowa


Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 12:00 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss. May 'the God of all comfort' (2 Corinthians 1:3,4) comfort and soothe your heart. His promises, found in the Holy Scriptures, can offer much hope. It assures us at John 5:28,29 that our loved ones will be remembered and brought back to life in the resurrection. Please allow God's Word to strengthen you and help you to endure this most difficult time.
- G.Ford
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“My deepest sympathy to the Ament family in the loss of Jill. I was two years older than Jill in high school. I remember seeing her around school and she always seemed to be in a good mood, smiling, and being friendly to everyone she was around. May you find comfort in all of the wonderful memories that you have of Jill. God bless your family.”
- Dana (File) Kies
Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“I would like to express my sincerest condolences to Jill's family. I am very sorry to hear of Jill's passing. I met Jill at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Washington, DC; she was my sponsor as I completed the RCIA process many years ago (in 1994). I will always remember her smile and vibrant energy. She brought blessings to all who knew her. May Jill rest in peace, and I hope that her family continues to find solace at this time.”
- Shirl Smith
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Jill and I worked together for the Iowa League of Conversation Voters in 1980 and remained friends after the campaign. She had a wonderful spirit and great good humor and I have many fond memories of her. Please accept my condolences. ”
- Mac Prichard
Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Tom Baker here and we all will miss Jill while memories of our time together will be remembered forever. A kind and thoughtful person always giving the strength of her loving to others, always ”
- Tom Baker
Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“I was privileged to work with Jill during a political campaign in 1980. In an environment where cutthroat is not out of the norm, Jill was always caring and unselfish toward others. We kept up a communication and friendship over the next three decades. When we would visit D.C. we usually stayed with Jill. She always rolled out the red carpet for us. A good soul has passed; we will miss her but will continue to enjoy great memories. Condolences to the Ament family; not many come along like Jill. ”
- Ed and Mary Conlow
Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Jill was the kind of neighbor everyone wants to have: caring, fun, involved, considerate. She will be missed.”
- Eileen S. Schramm
Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“I was lucky enough to work with Jill at the National Housing Trust. She was incredibly caring and dedicated to all the staff and the residents that live in our communities. Her enthusiasm and energy fueled the organization. It will be sorely missed. We will carry on our work in her memory.”
- Jared Lang
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“With deepest sympathy and Love. ”
- Joseph & Marsha (Russell) Sanks
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Our prayers are with you and your family.Brad,Nancy, Jessica, and Sara Rupp”
- Nancy Rupp
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Dear Mary/family all: I learned of Jill's passing into Eternal Life from Rosie at I.C. Though still away from home for a couple more weeks and will not be able to attend her funeral, I remembered Jill and you all at my Ash Wednesday mass offered today. I will continue to keep you in thoughtful prayer as we all look to a very warm welcome to Jill from the Wonderful Shepherd we know and believe in.
- Fr. Gene Sitzmann
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“I was shocked to learn that Jill had passed away. I have not seen her in many years, but have many fond childhood memories of her from our family get togethers. I will miss Jill and offer prayers in her memory.”
- Michael R. ament
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Mary and family, So sorry for your loss. Jill was such a good friend in high school. I remember coming out to your house for slumber parties, and the fun we had in 4H. I lost touch with her over the years, but will always remember her fondly. ”
- Jolene Kleihauer Smith
Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry for your sudden loss. Jill and I were good friends since we met at church in 1990. Nobody will forget her. She was great to my kids. She spoke of you often to me and I know she loved you very much, especially her neices and nephews. I am sorry I can't be there for her mass. You remain in our prayers.”
- Constance J. Carpenter-Bixler
Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“We were very saddened to learn of Jill's passing. It is times like these that startle us out of our complacency and make us realize yet again that we didn't come to stay forever. Nor is age a determinant of how long we sojourn here. We comfort ourselves and hope you will be likewise comforted in the God of all comfort. He collects our tears in His bottle and gives us garments of praise instead of heavy spirits. Meanwhile we count ourselves among the very fortunate, who while on this journey, crossed paths and spent a little time with the compassionate and loving Gillian Ament.”
- Charles and Etta Russell
Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Mary and family, I have so many happy memories of spending time at the Ament home and most importantly spending time with Jill. Even though we did loose touch, I feel blessed to have known her as I am sure you feel for having her in your lives. Take care.”
- Gayle Rupp
Friday, February 8, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Thinking of you at this difficult time”
- Diane (Peterson) Hein
Friday, February 8, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Mary and family, I am saddened to hear the news of Jill's passing. She was a good friend growing up and I still think of her and smile. I'm sorry we lost touch as adults, but it sounds like she made a worthy contribution with her life, working to help improve the lives of others. My prayers are with you all.”
- Dawn (Glasson) Coury
Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“With deepest sympathy,
Don and Rita Fest and family”
- Deb Fest Isaacson
Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“My heart goes out to all of Jill's family and friends. She was a wonderful woman. I had the pleasure of working with her for 8 years at the National Housing Trust. She was our matriarch-- fiesty, committed to social justice, generous, and with a wondefully deep laugh. I have been in touch with other NHT alums, and all were touched by her kindness. She will be greatly missed by all. ”
- Anne Heitlinger
Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Cliff and I send our deepest sympathy to Mary and all the Ament girls and their families. Sudden separation through death is one of the hardest things to have happen. I know happy memories will make you smile when you think of Jill, I know it does for me! God's strength to you. ”
- Debi (Dunn) Meylor
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