Serving Gogebic, Iron and Ontonagon Counties

Michael L. Piazza

WAUSAU, Wis. — Michael L. Piazza, 68, of Lake Tomahawk, Wisconsin died on Thursday, Feb. 27 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

Mike was born on Aug. 22, 1951 in Ironwood, Michigan, the son of Efro and Lynn (Cerioni) Piazza and was raised in Hurley, where his parents owned the City Hotel and Bar.

Mike graduated from J.E. Murphy High School and received an associate degree from Gogebic Community College and his bachelor of science in social work from Northern Michigan University. He married Susan Aimone on Oct. 6, 1973 at Salem Lutheran Church.

Mike was employed with Headwaters Inc. from 1974 to 2015; he dedicated his career working with people who had disabilities. He coached youth softball for many years. In his free time he enjoyed fishing and hunting on his property in Iron and Oneida counties. Mike loved parades, 4th of July fireworks and most of all his Green Bay Packers.

Mike was a caring, kind, sweet person who loved his son and wife more than anything in the whole world and told them everyday how much he loved them in words, hugs and support. He loved being with friends, dinners out, vacations to Alaska and Florida, Wisconsin Dells, cool fall days, the smell of wood smoke and Sunday dinners. He loved all his sweet pets he had throughout the years. He enjoyed and was content with the simple things in life. He especially appreciated his time in the kitchen making homemade beef ravioli and Christmas cookies with his wife Sue.

He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Susan Piazza of Lake Tomahawk; son, Jeff (Teresa Bartman) Piazza of Lake Tomahawk; sister, Fleury Piazza of Wausau; paternal Aunt, Doris Maccani; his mother-in-law, Shirley Aimone of Ironwood; brothers-in-law, Gary Aimone of Hurley, Joel (Joellen) Aimone of Ewen, Michigan and John (Tina) Aimone of Woodruff; by his nieces, Jill and Megan; nephew, Ben; by special cousins, Darcy Winkowski, Fred (Kathy) Friedman, Mary (Rob) Super, Joe (Kim) Maccani, Tom (Pam) Maccani, Rod (Jeanne) Smith and Lousie (Patrick) Bunjovac; and by his dear friends, Mike and Geri Heppe, Jim and Mary Hepp, Greg and Linda Pisani, Cindy and Steve Keeling, Cindy and Mitch Eichman, Maria Cox, Pete and Rose Prodyma, Deanna Barlow, Ric Richter, Jennifer George, Linda and Bill McKenzie, Nancy and Dave Miller, and Janell and Clay Schroeder and Holly and Dave Dionne, Paul and Dori Jensen.

Mike was preceded in death by his loving parents, Efro and Lynn Piazza.

Mike was cremated per his wishes and his Celebration of Life Services will take place at a later date.

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The Piazza family is truly grateful for the level of care and compassion given to Mike and his family, especially by the exceptional doctors; Dr. Adam Tuttle, Dr. Margaret Anderson, Dr. Thomas Schneider, and Dr. Deb Mojumder, the staff at Aspirus Wausau Hospital and DaVita Northern Star Dialysis.

Nimsgern Funeral and Cremation Services of Woodruff, Wisconsin is serving the family.

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