Michael J. Vazzano, Sr.

Michael J. Vazzano, Sr.

June 2, 1934 – September 28, 2021

Survived by wife, Beverly J. Vazzano; daughters: Lisa Vazzano Young (Karl Kohrt), Mary Beth Knust (Paul), Diane Ernatt (Paul); sons, Michael Vazzano, Jr. (Stacie), Joseph Vazzano (Paula); 14 grandchildren.

The family will receive friends Friday, October 1st from 5pm-7pm followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm, all at West Center Chapel.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, October 2nd at 10am at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, 15353 Pacific Street.  Interment: Calvary Cemetery with Military Honors.  Memorials are suggested to Siena/Francis House or Society of St. Vincent de Paul Omaha.

To view live broadcasts of the Vigil Service, Mass, and Graveside Service, please go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Cast” button on the home page.

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Michael J. Vazzano was born on June 2, 1934, to immigrant parents, Guiseppe and Concetta Vazzano, from Sicily.  He was the youngest of six children.  His brothers, Michael, John, Ross, and Sam; along with sister, Mary, who preceded him in death were among the first to greet him on Wednesday when he passed.  He was raised in Omaha, Nebraska, in the area of town known as “Little Italy”. 

He graduated from Tech High and got a job driving a delivery truck.  One day as he was driving his delivery truck, he took a left instead of a right and drove to the Navy recruiter office.  Michael walked in and enlisted in the Navy.  When he returned to his truck and got to work, his boss said, “You’re an hour late.”  Mike said, “I just enlisted in the Navy and am giving you my two weeks notice.”

Mike was out of the Navy for two years and found himself working for the City of Omaha.  Around that time, he met the love of his life, Bev, who was attending St. Catherine’s School of Nursing.  They married in 1962 and were blessed with five beautiful children.  Mike and Bev lived in the old neighborhood for five years and then moved their growing family of seven to the Elmwood Park area where they made many lasting friends, as they established themselves as a “58th Street family”.

Being the youngest child in his family, the next youngest sibling was 15 years old.  Family was so important to Mike, and he always said of his wife’s strong connection with her seven siblings that they always made him feel that they were also “HIS family”. He was so grateful for this as he had lost his parents shortly after he and Bev married.  Mike was always in awe of the strong relationships within Bev’s family and wanted to emulate that in his own.  He made sure to tell his children to pay attention to this and how important it was to him.

He retired from the City of Omaha.  After a short period, Mike’s strong work ethic took him to a position with the County where he worked for an additional 11 years.  Mike was a hard-worker, and he loved his friends.  He had a great circle of friends and was an integral part of the Order of the Sons of Italy and could be found there every Thursday serving spaghetti. 

Mike always said that his three greatest loves in life were his Faith, his Country, and his Family. 

He was an amazing man that many people described as a man they had the pleasure to look up to and modeled what to look for in a husband and father.  Mike was a devoted family man.  Those who knew him described him as a loyal friend, fun and funny, making his family laugh through their tears until the very end.  Mike had a great love of music and when his children were young, he sang, danced and taught them the music of his childhood and his heritage.  He sang traditional Italian songs, not only the classical, but the humorous, with his children from a young age. 

Mike was well read, humble and was a friend to everyone.  He taught the importance of respect.  When asked what their lasting memories of their father were, the children all said, “He taught by example.  Be honest with others and they will be honest with you.  Be good to others, and they will be good to you.  Show love and compassion, and you will be shown love and compassion”.

 

 

 

 

 

10 Comments

  • Sandra Hendricks and Tom Senator Posted September 29, 2021 6:04 pm

    “The sun, the moon, the wind, the stars, will forever be around, reminding you of the love you shared, and the peace she’s finally found.” – Author Unknown
    My heart is with you in your time of sorrow. Sending thoughts love and prayers.

  • Regina Wilson Posted September 29, 2021 8:58 pm

    Bev, I’m lifting you and your family up in prayer as you enter this journey of grieving the loss of your husband. May the Lord give you strength, courage and peace in the days ahead. Lean on Him!

  • Wes and Terri Heerboth Posted September 30, 2021 6:39 am

    Requiescat in Pace
    Uncle Mike will be sorely missed by those whose life he touched. I don’t need to mention what a good family man, what a wonderful person he was for he left his mark; he left his legacy. We are all better people because of Uncle Mike’s influence in our lives. May God bless the entire Vazzano Family during this time of sorrow. Prayers are being offered as our uncle’s boat is directed towards the shores of eternity in our Father’s house.

  • Janice Bellinghiere Posted September 30, 2021 9:29 am

    Aunt Bev,
    Uncle Jesse and my dad were waiting for Uncle Mike in heaven and I am sure they are having quite the reunion. When I said good bye to Uncle Mike in June he said, I probably won’t be here the next time you come visit. I didn’t want him to be right. Omaha won’t be the same without him.
    He was the best of men, kind, generous, full of love for God and his family, and so proud of his kids and grandkids. He was so good to my parents when they were young and poor. They always gave him credit for being there in the tough times, and for keeping our street, 102nd, plowed in the winter! Being with Uncle Mike was like being with my dad and I will miss him so much. Who will speak Sicilian to me now? Much love to the whole family. ❤

  • Susan Jungman Posted September 30, 2021 8:43 pm

    Bev, I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God bless you!

  • Karen Valgora Posted September 30, 2021 9:49 pm

    To Bev and family,
    How blessed you have been to have Mile leading your family . His love for faith and family was so evident to all. Now he has returned to his heavenly Father. Love, comfort, and prayets for all of you.

  • Sean and Ashley Nelson Posted September 30, 2021 11:07 pm

    We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Uncle Mike. He was a good, kind, generous and funny man. There are so many memories thinking back over the years that simply make us smile just thinking of him. What I remember him for specifically are the 3 things that were most important to him…faith, family and his country. Uncle Mike certainly reflected these priorities and love each and every day. While he will be sorely missed, he is leaving a legacy behind and has positively impacted so many along the way. Ongoing thoughts and prayers to Aunt Bev and the entire family during a very difficult time, and although we can’t physically be there to celebrate the life of Uncle Mike, we will be thinking of him and ALL of the family this weekend.

  • Kevin and Kari (White) Viles Posted October 1, 2021 1:36 pm

    Mike and Stacie (and family). ; We weep with those who weep, grieving your loss with you. May you share the great memories you have, to keep your spirits up and to share the greatness that was your Father. Love and peace being sent your way, with prayers that the Lord would comfort you and keep you beyond what you believe capable!

  • Marie (Patronaggio)Messina Posted October 2, 2021 11:06 am

    My deepest sympathy and prayers are with you and the family,
    Marie

  • F. Kimes Posted October 2, 2021 1:13 pm

    Praying for your family during this difficult time.

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