Ann Marie Amato

Ann Marie Amato

Thursday, October 11th, 1951 - Tuesday, May 12th, 2020
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October 11, 1951 to May 12, 2020

Ann Marie Amato (nee McDermott) of Marlton, NJ, passed away on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at the age of 68, after complications from congestive heart failure. She was promptly received at the Pearly Gates by her parents, John and Ann McDermott, her siblings, John, Bill, Regina, and Irene, and her heroes, Eleanor Roosevelt and John Lennon. Her blessed memory survives through her husband, Bob, her daughters Laura Amato (Patrick Wayman), Samantha Amato-Rotkowitz (Michael Rotkowitz), Miniature Poodle Rusty, grandsons Jacob Horwitz, Miles Rotkowitz, and Xavier Rotkowitz, step-grandchildren Declan Wayman and Ava Wayman, and grand-dogs Quincy and Rocco.

Ann Marie was born in Newark, NJ, and spent her childhood in the town of Belleville, NJ and at the beaches of Lavalette. She attended grammar school at Saint Peter's and high school at Saint Vincent Academy, graduating in the class of 1969. Following graduation, she was awarded a full scholarship to attend Saint Peter's Nursing School in New Brunswick, NJ and became a Registered Nurse. As an R.N., Ann Marie specialized in psychiatric care, and treated thousands of patients over the course of her 45-year career, most recently at Virtua Hospital in Mount Holly, NJ.

Throughout her career as a working mother, she cared for patients suffering from dementia, schizophrenia, addiction and depression -- any and all ailments affecting the heart, mind, and soul -- never failing to treat each patient with kindness and dignity. Her patients conferred upon her several nicknames over the years, her favorite of which was "Commander of The Evil Forces." She is remembered by colleagues for her compassion and sense of humor, and in particular the staff at Hampton Behavior Center remembers the numerous holiday carols and musicals that Ann Marie helped produce for the amusement of the psychiatric patients and nursing staff.

Ann Marie was proud of her Irish heritage and enjoyed being an honorary Italian by marriage. She loved dogs, mystery novels, Trader Joe’s, rock concerts, and dinner at the Robin's Nest. There, she and Bob would have celebrated 40 years of marriage together this July. Ann Marie was a fierce champion of underdogs and felt incredibly blessed to live long enough to see the Phillies win a World Series in 2008 and the Eagles win a Super Bowl in 2018. Ann Marie was a hippie at heart, and believed in peace, equality, and fairness. She always returned her shopping cart.

She loved to make Christmas time special for her family, and never forgot to send a birthday card to each of her grandchildren, who will miss her dearly. She taught her daughters the meaning of dedication, hard work, and self-respect. Laura "Enshamansha" will try, but fail, to replicate her life-changing apple pie and perfectly folded fitted sheets. They will do their best to continue her legacy of thoughtfulness, compassion, resilience, patience, and humility.

An intimate service, led by Pastor Brett of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, was held on Friday, May 16th at Bradley Funeral Home, where a small group of loved ones, through N95 masks, shared memories of a wonderful wife, mother, and aunt. The intimate nature of the gathering befit a woman who never sought special treatment, but nonetheless deserved to be honored by the people who adored her. A celebration of her life will take place at a later date, once it is safe for Ann Marie's many friends and loved ones to convene.

For those wishing to make a contribution in Ann Marie's name, her family would be honored for any donation to the American Heart Association.
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