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).