Alan J. Mackiewicz
December 13, 1943 – November 1, 2021
Preceded in death by parents, Mary and John Mackiewicz; wife, Sue (Bremser) Mackiewicz; son, Douglas Mackiewicz. Survived by son, James Mackiewicz; daughter, Beth Morrissette (Jeff); grandson, Eddie Morrissette; brother, Dennis Mackiewicz; and niece, Chris Mackiewicz.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to the Westside Community Foundation at wcsfoundation66.org. Look for the “Donate Today” button. Select “Foundation, Projects, Campaigns and Other” and select “Honor/Memorials”. Please list Alan Mackiewicz in the box asking for additional information.
VISITATION AND FUNERAL MASS for Alan will be combined with same for Bette Bremser on Saturday, Nov. 13th at Christ the King Catholic Church, 654 S. 86th Street: JOINT VISITATION for Alan and Bette at 10am followed by MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL at 11am. Interment, Calvary Cemetery.
To view live broadcasts of the Mass and Graveside Service, please go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Cast” button on the home page.
Al Mackiewicz was a man who loved his Illinois roots, but always called Nebraska home.
After moving to Omaha during high school, he immediately became involved at Westside High School (’61) and chose to attend Creighton all the way through law school (’67). He married the love of his life, Sue Bremser, in 1966 and they began to build a life together.
Al was drafted into the Army in the late 1960s and spent most of four years working as an attorney for the JAG Office at Ft. McCoy, Wisconsin. He would share funny stories about being on the base and really developed his love of fishing during that time.
At the end of his service, Sue became pregnant with Douglas, and they were ready to start a family. Sadly, Douglas died just days after his birth, and Sue was unable to have children afterwards. The couple decided adoption was going to be their road to parenthood and brought James home in 1973 and Beth in 1976.
Once Al and Sue returned to Omaha, Al followed two parallel paths: one as an attorney, eventually going out on his own and practicing until 2018, and the other, as a member of the broadcast team for Husker football. Al attended the 1971 Orange Bowl and was involved in the radio broadcasts through the 1997 season. He would do sideline reporting, spotting the opposition for the play-by-play announcers, interviews, and whatever else was necessary to help the broadcast team. He also co-hosted a pregame call-in show for 28 years for an affiliate station in Las Vegas. Al was an avid Husker fan and continued attending games in Lincoln until his mobility kept him home where he cheered the Huskers on from the comfort of his recliner.
Al was a hard-working man, and he devoted that time to family, work, and football. He did make sure to get one great fishing trip in each year. When the kids were young, it was at Lake Okoboji, and when they were older, he began going to the Ozarks with his close friends Kent and Dave. He loved those trips and seemed to have as much fun planning and talking about them as he did experiencing them. He frequently shared stories about the travel, the fishing, and the camaraderie.
Al’s devotion to his family was evident in the way he cared for Sue as her health declined. He was dedicated to ensuring she was happy and comfortable in their home for the years preceding her death. He was a loving caregiver and set up an in-home care space for her when she was confined to bed. Al did anything to give her the best life possible.
Al was quick-witted and funny, worked hard at everything he did, and loved his family as much as any man could. His cheesy grin and friendship will be missed. Oh, Al.