Michael J. McElligott
November 11, 1951 – January 21, 2022
VISITATION: Monday, January 24th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Tuesday, January 25th at 10am at St Bernadette Catholic Church, 7600 S. 42nd St. in Bellevue. Interment with Military Honors by Millard American Legion Post 374 & VFW Post 8334: Calvary Cemetery in Omaha, followed by a luncheon at the Disabled American Veterans Hall, 4515 F St in Omaha. In lieu of flowers, memorials will be directed by the family to a program of their choice at Catholic Charities.
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Michael “Mike” James McElligott was youngest of three children, his sister Mary Helen and brother Terry, born to Joseph and Helen McElligott. Mike was born on November 11, 1951 in Cheyenne Wyoming.
Mike’s life was greatly affected by the death of his father, Joseph, when he was around 14. His father was his hero. Graduating from Creighton University, Joseph entered the Army and was married to Helen at Ft Benning. In 1942, his father left for war in Europe, participating in the D-Day landing, where he was wounded, the Battle of the Bulge and the push through Europe until the end of WWII. He received numerous awards.
Mike met his wife Anne Mainelli in grade school, and they began dating in the tenth grade. They were married on February 19, 1971 at Christ the King Catholic Church by Anne’s uncles, Fr. Vincent Mainelli and Fr. Gene Mainelli.
His mother Helen was remarried to husband Robert Amidon, with whom Mike had a very close relationship over the years.
Mike was a Marine veteran. After the Marines, he spent most of his career working as a mechanical engineer for Trane. He enjoyed the many friendships he was fortunate to have with his coworkers over the years.
The death of Mike’s wife Anne ten years ago was a devastating loss. A few years later, he moved in with his daughter Keri. He enjoyed the process of transforming a basement space into his own suite.
Mike loved Notre Dame football and the trip he was able to take with his son Matt several years ago to see a game in the House that Rock Built.
He was an avid golfer and treasured the friendships he had with his golfing group. He stayed as active as he could golfing through this past fall.
Mike is survived by his brother, Terrence (Maxine); daughter, Keri (Chris); son, Matt (Cara); grandsons: Joey, John and Michael (Keri),; granddaughters, Alexis and Allie (Matt); and great-granddaughter, Skylar (Joey). He was preceded in death by his wife Anne, his sister Mary Helen, and his parents.
Mike is now reunited with his lifelong love, Anne, whom he has never stopped grieving for since her much too early passing.