Anthony J. “Tony” Ament, 103, St. Cloud
July 5, 1911 - October 25, 2014
Anthony J. “Tony” Ament, age 103, of St. Cloud, left us for his heavenly home on October 25, 2014.
A respected husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and community leader, Tony shared his work ethic, leadership skills and love of the outdoors for more than 103 years. He learned about hard work at an early age then put those lessons to good use building a successful contracting business in St. Cloud, founding and leading community organizations and serving in many volunteer roles.
Tony was born July 5, 1911 to Jacob and Matilda Ament in Bluffton, MN. He married Rose Uselman on April 12, 1937 in their hometown at St. Ann’s Catholic Church. The couple settled in St. Cloud where they raised four children.
Tony founded and nurtured several community groups. He was a Fourth Degree Knight and established the Bishop Zardetti Council and the Cold Spring Council Knights of Columbus. Tony held leadership positions in both councils including District Deputy and Faithfull Navigator. He was recognized with the Outstanding Achievement Award for his years of dedicated service in 1988.
Tony and Rose were charter members of Holy Spirit Parish. Tony established the church’s bouja fundraiser in the 1960s, building the first “bouja shack” and serving as head cook for many years. Thousands of gallons of bouja were created and sold to benefit the church under his watchful eye. He also volunteered for Tri-Cap serving meals at the Salvation Army into his late 80s.
For many years Tony and Rose wintered in Phoenix, AZ. They enjoyed the desert warmth, playing cards, playing golf and sitting poolside with friends. In later years, they took pleasure in all of Minnesota’s seasons – even winter-with their loveable Daschund Lisa.
Tony is survived by his children Yvonne Maus, Bob (Karen) Ament, Gary (Ruth) Ament and Mary Jo (Larry) Lorenz, 11 grandchildren, and 24 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Rose (2013), son-in-law Don Maus, 9 brothers and 6 sisters.
Tony will be remembered and his life celebrated with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 30 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in St. Cloud. Reverend Thomas Knoblach will officiate. Entombment will take place in Assumption Cemetery Mausoleum.
Visitation will take place from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday and after 10 a.m. on Thursday both at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. The Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, Father Pierz Assembly will stand honor guard from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday and again before services on Thursday. Parish Prayers will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the church.
A special Thank You to Anthony’s long time doctor; Dr. Lindquist and the caregivers at Talahi Assistant Living facility, for the excellent care given.