March 20, 1970 - May 1, 2022
Michaela was born on March 20, 1970 in West Point, Nebraska to Carol and Walter Cruz. She grew up in South Omaha, attending St. Mary’s Elementary School, before graduating from St. Joseph’s High School in 1988. As she was growing up, Michaela tried out many different activities including piano, tennis, and basketball. However, her work ethic was in place from a young age and she found most joy in working. Continuing to be a hard worker throughout her life, Michaela enjoyed managing the service department at Omaha Door and Window. Her biggest blessings were her children, Amanda, Zachary, Sophia, and Isabella, and she was thrilled to recently become a gammy with the birth of her grandson, Mac. Michaela raised her children to be fiercely strong and independent, yet caring for others, just like she was. She would often say, “Behind every good kid is a great mom”, and she strived to set a great example for her children. In her free time, Michaela enjoyed watching football, and loved listening to all types of music, raising her kids to appreciate music as well. She was a loving, caring, compassionate woman with a contagious laugh, who spent as much time as possible with her friends and family. Everything she did was for her family; there is nothing she loved more than being a mom and a gammy. In 2015, Michaela had a brain aneurysm that she survived. Her family considers the last 7 years to be their miracle. They are so happy they were able to have that additional time with her and have her present at more milestones in their lives. Michaela had another brain aneurysm which led to her passing on May 1, 2022. She continued to be selfless even after death by giving the gift of tissue donation. Michaela is survived by her children: Amanda (Michael) Chick, Zachary Mangiamelli, Sophia Mangiamelli, and Isabella Mangiamelli; grandson, Mac Chick; parents, Walter and Carol Cruz; brothers, Michael Cruz and Matthew Cruz; nephew, Andrew Cruz; and niece, Abigail Cruz.
Michaela was born on March 20, 1970 in West Point, Nebraska to Carol and Walter Cruz. She grew up in South Omaha, attending St. Mary’s Elementary School, before graduating from St. Joseph’s High School in 1988. As she was growing... View Obituary & Service Information
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