Mike Acquazzino

Mike Acquazzino

January 7, 1953 – November 27, 2020


Mike Acquazzino died fighting COVID-19 on November 27, 2020 at Nebraska Medicine. Words cannot express how thankful his family are for the doctors, nurses, and staff who provided him the best, most compassionate care during every moment of his month-long stay in the ICU.

Mike was born in Omaha, Nebraska to John and Kay Acquazzino (Fortezzo) on January 7, 1953. He was the second of six children and had a happy childhood filled with love from his parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Mike met his wife, Dee Acquazzino (Olson) on March 17, 1975. She fell in love with him and his family immediately. Mike, ever the cautious-optimist, knew Dee was special, but took nearly three years to formally declare his love. Better late than never. Mike loved Dee with all of his heart, and they married on April 20, 1979. Mike and Dee have two daughters, Allison and Kristen Acquazzino. He cherished his family above all else, never missing a chance to tell/show his family (immediate and extended) that he loved and was proud of them.

People who knew Mike were better off because of it. He was a kind man, with a pure soul, and a strong sense of self. He had a natural curiosity about the world and told corny jokes that will be missed. He loved to cook. He loved Husker football. He called and texted ‘just to say hi’.

Mike was preceded in death by his mother, Kay Acquazzino (Fortezzo); his father, John Acquazzino.  He is survived by his wife Dee Acquazzino (Olson); daughters, Allison and Kristen Acquazzino; brother, Bruce Acquazzino (Sandy); sister, Mary Kay Acquazzino; sister, Anna Osorio; brother, Tony Acquazzino; brother, Jay Acquazzino (Lisa); numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. He loved all dearly.

Due to the ongoing pandemic there will be a small, private family service on Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 3PM CST. To view a live broadcast of the service, please visit www.heafeyheafey.com and press the “View Live Cast” button. Mike’s wife and children will throw a celebration of life with family and friends next year (exact timing TBD), when it’s safe to gather.

Memorial donations can be sent to: The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Nebraska Chapter (2827 S 88th St. Omaha, NE 68124; 402-330-6164).



  • Heather Thomas Posted November 29, 2020 4:53 pm

    Dee, Allison and Kristen, The world has lost an amazing person who loved everything he touched especially the three of you. Try to take comfort in the fact that heaven has gained another angel to watch over you.
    Heather, Emma & Alex

  • Bernadette Mollica Posted November 30, 2020 2:27 pm

    Dee very sorry for you loss, 42 happy years together, god will watch over him now, both more suffering to breathe. Deeply saddened

  • Mark Balus Posted November 30, 2020 3:37 pm

    I was surprised and saddened to read about your brother’s passing. My sympathies to you and your family. I will keep you in my prayers.

  • Lesley Turner Posted November 30, 2020 9:56 pm

    Dear Acquazzino family,

    I am so sorry for the tragic loss of your husband, father, brother, and uncle. My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you navigate this challenging time.

    With sincerity, Lesley Turner

  • Laura Morin Posted December 1, 2020 11:03 am

    Sweet Kristen, I am so sorry you lost your daddy. You are the living example of his love and stability in this world. My sympathies to your mother and your sister and you, please know that God’s plans are the best plans even when we don’t understand. I will be praying for you all during this next part of the journey that you must walk without him, yet knowing that your father is in paradise is a comfort.

  • George J Lippert Posted December 1, 2020 9:54 pm

    Dear Dee, Allison, Kristen and all the family,

    You have our sympathy, love and prayers at this time of loss. We are saddened to hear of Mike’s passing. We remember the good times, his jovial spirit and you his loving family.

    Eternal rest to him and peace to you,

    George and Peg Lippert

  • Brent Carver Posted December 2, 2020 8:16 am

    Dee, Allison, and Kristen,
    Stacy and I are saddened by the news of your loss. We will pray for you during this troubling time. God Bless you all.
    Brent Carver and Stacy Taylor

  • Cheryl Harbour Posted December 2, 2020 10:57 am

    I know Mike only through his sister Mary Kay and the memories she has of growing up together in a loving family. He sounds like a wonderful man and I know he will be missed. Sending heartfelt condolences to MIke’s wife, daughters, brothers and sisters, and all the family.

  • Janet and Ken Johnson Posted December 2, 2020 2:06 pm

    Dear Mary Kay and family,
    Our most sincere and loving condolences with the loss of your dear brother. Our hearts and prayers are with you all. Our hope is that your hearts will be eased with the joy of all the wonderful memories you share and that knowing his spirit and love lives on in heaven and in all of you. Love you Mary Kay, Janet and Ken

  • Shari Kreifels Posted December 3, 2020 1:03 pm

    Dee, I am so sorry to hear of Mike’s loss. My sympathies and prayers are with you and your family at this time.. Shari

  • Chris Villotta Posted December 5, 2020 5:06 pm

    I’m so sorry for the loss of Mike. I am a friend of his sister. Anna. Prayers and comfort to the family at this loss of such a beautiful man

  • David Stewart Posted December 5, 2020 10:27 pm

    Mike was the nephew of my mother’s sister June Fortezzo and her husband Al. I knew Mike when he was a child and young man growing up in Omaha. He was always courteous and had a very positive outlook on life, a really genuinely a decent person.

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