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Esther M. "Es" Mercurio

April 18, 1931 September 29, 2019
Esther M. "Es" Mercurio
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Esther M. "Es" Mercurio (nee Sumerdon), age 88, a resident of Naperville, IL since 2015, formerly of Norridge, IL 1953-2015, passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at her home in Naperville. She was born April 18, 1931 in Chicago, IL.

Beloved wife of the late Michael R. "Bob" Mercurio, whom she married September 19, 1953 and who preceded her in death on May 16, 2019. Esther and Bob had 65 years of cherished memories raising their children and grandchildren and have had many adventures around the country. Loving mother of Kimberly (the late James) Perdue, Michael (Tammy) Mercurio, Kathleen (Larry) Winters and Mark (Bernadette) Mercurio, adored grandmother of Franklin (Brenda) Perdue, Stephen Perdue and Monique (fiancé, Jeff Rutkowski) Perdue; Tony Mercurio, Nick (Kelly) Mercurio and Aimee (Justin) Heine; Jake Winters, Jessie (Spencer) LaBelle and Jenna (fiancé, Tommy Freeborn) Winters; Joshua and Maria Mercurio, cherished great-grandmother of Keira, Jessa, Nolan, Marlee and Maxon. Devoted daughter of the late Laura Sumerdon Frederick.

Esther grew up on Chicago's North Side with eight siblings - six sisters and two brothers.
She is survived by two sisters, Edna (the late Les) Seversen and Marge (the late Paul) Knabe, a sister-in-law, Catherine (the late Harold). She was also an aunt, cousin and friend to many.

At the age of seven her father passed away. The large family became very resourceful and savvy as a means to survive. By the age of fourteen the kids were working to earn their keep at Augustana Hospital, which also provided them a meal for the day. The family worked hard, fought hard and took care of each other including nieces and nephews.

Esther and her siblings learned to sew as well as swim at the Chicago Boys/Girls club. Swimming at the lakefront and role-playing "Esther Williams" was a favorite free time activity of hers. On Sundays, missionaries would often pick up the children and take them to various churches and camps. She completed high school at Jones Commercial, specializing in business careers. Esther was a good student and loved grammar. She was fast at shorthand and typing and that skill would later serve her very well.

It was at Jones where Esther met "Bob" and their family began with their marriage in September 1953, after she had been confirmed in the church. From 1958-1969 they had their four children beginning with Kimberly, Michael, Kathleen and Mark. Esther taught her children to work hard, fight hard and take care of one another.

Esther earned her keep by working outside of the home as a secretary for the United Cement Lime and Gypsum Union where her skills at shorthand and typing were recognized by one of the Vice Presidents, earning her an executive position. During this time grandma Laura took care of the kids and lived with them for a season, looking out for each other once again.

Camping trips with cherished friends made for some of their fondest family memories. An infamous 14-day road trip to California in the station wagon is where the "fight hard" lessons went askew, but those memories became the most laughed about over the years.

After Esther retired she became a full time grandma, spending one day a week giving each of her kids a break. She loved on her grandkids, took care of family pets, tended gardens, washed and mended clothes, cooked meals. She would do anything except sit down!

She was notorious for singing a little ditty that related to the conversation. Once one of her grandchildren challenged her saying there was no such song but Goggle proved Esther right.

Her love for crafts kept her busy either crocheting blankets for family and friends or making ceramic gifts with her sister Marge. She just loved being creative!

In Esther's final season of life she worked as hard as her ailing body would allow, innately wanting to "earn her keep" in the home she shared with her daughter and son-in-law. She fought hard to thrive with mounting health challenges through diet and exercise. She never gave up.

Even in her death she continues to bless and provide for her beloved family. She may be gone, but will never be forgotten!

Visitation Friday, October 4, 2019, 9:00-10:30 AM in the narthex at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 1500 Brookdale Rd., Naperville.

A Mass of Christian Burial will follow Friday, 10:30 AM in the church.

Everyone is invited to join the family for a luncheon in honor of Esther following the funeral mass at Maggiano's Little Italy, 1847 Freedom Drive, Naperville, IL 60563, (630) 536-2270, https://locations.maggianos.com/illinois/naperville/1847-freedom-drive/

Private entombment: Memory Gardens, Arlington Heights, IL.

Arrangements by Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Naperville, IL.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Esther may be made to:

Loaves & Fishes Community Services, 1871 High Grove Ln., Naperville, IL 60540, (630) 355-3663, www.loaves-fishes.org

For more information, please call (630) 355-0213 or visit www.friedrich-jones.com


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Previous Events

Visitation

Friday

4

Oct

9:00 AM 10/4/2019 9:00:00 AM - 10:30 AM 10/4/2019 10:30:00 AM
St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church

1500 Brookdale Road
Naperville, IL 60563

St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church
1500 Brookdale Road Naperville 60563 IL
United States

Mass of Christian Burial

Friday

4

Oct

10:30 AM 10/4/2019 10:30:00 AM
St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church

1500 Brookdale Road
Naperville, IL 60563

St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church
1500 Brookdale Road Naperville 60563 IL
United States

Reception

Friday

4

Oct

12:00 PM 10/4/2019 12:00:00 PM
Maggiano's Little Italy

1847 Freedom Drive
Naperville, IL 60563

Maggiano's Little Italy
1847 Freedom Drive Naperville 60563 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Memory Gardens Cemetery Final Resting Place

2501 E Euclid Ave.
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

2501 E Euclid Ave. Arlington Heights 60004 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Loaves and Fishes Community Services

1871 High Grove Lane
Naperville, IL 60540
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