OBITUARY

Michael Ackerman Sr.

April 29, 1948January 6, 2021
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Michael " Mike" Donovan Ackerman, Sr., 72, of Ladson, SC, United States Navy, retired and husband of Liwayway "Lee" Bongalonta Ackerman passed away on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.

Mike was born on April 29, 1948 in Sioux City, Iowa to the late Harry Ackerman and Margaret Zogg Ackerman who lovingly adopted him.

Mike married Liwayway "Lee" Bongalonta on July 26, 1976. Together they had a loving family with their children, Michael Jr. and Christine. Mike had many hobbies and interests. He began his life long passion of fire fighting when he was in the United States Navy as a nuclear submarine electrician. Anyone who spoke to him knows how he loved being in the service and helping others. After his military retirement, Mike Sr. earned his masters degree in Informational Technology of Education from Clemson University. He taught at Trident Technical College for IT. Mike Sr. would talk to everyone about his love of model trains, photography, computers and politics.

Mike is survived by his wife Liway; two children, Michael Jr. and Christine; brother, Rick Ackerman and wife Claudia; brothers-in-law, Franco Bongalonta and wife Beng, Tomas Bongalonta and wife Zeny, Gabriel Bongalonta and wife Linda, Jesus Bongalonta and wife Edna, Larry Bongalonta and wife Salve and Rey Bongalonta and wife Fe.

Family and relatives are invited to the visitation from 5:00pm until 7:00pm on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at Carolina Memorial Park, Funerals & Cremation located at 7113 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29406. 843-797-2222. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30am at Immaculate Conception Church located at 510 St James Ave, Goose Creek, SC 29445. Burial will follow at Beaufort National Cemetery at 2:00pm.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared and viewed at www.carolinamemorial.com

Services

  • Visitation at Carolina Memorial Funeral home with an evening prayer service and rosary prayers

    Tuesday, January 12, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial At The Immaculate Conception, Goose Creek, SC

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021

  • Interment at Beaufort National Cemetery

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Memories

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Windell Bunton

January 12, 2021

Mike and I has been friends for over 35 years, Every time we meet we sat and talk all kinds of topics , we enjoy our company so much so that it took him to come to my house and we started talking about 4 in the afternoon and we did not finish until the next morning at 5 am. Mike I am going to miss you and our long talks , farewell my friend but you will remain in our hearts forever. Rest in Peace!

Joel & Priscilla Larkin

January 9, 2021

Dear Liway & Family! Please accept our heartfelt expression of sympathy and condolence on the passing of Michael. May he Rest In Peace and eternally be bathed in the Eternal Light and Grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Take care and God Bless, our prayers and thoughts are with you. GOD BLESS

Margie Hewitt

January 9, 2021

I am a cousin of Mike and Ricks. I first met them as little boys in Sheboygan. Wisconsin in 1951. I met him again a few years ago when the Ackerman cousins had a reunion in Idaho. Though I hardly knew him I liked what I knew. I know he will be missed by all who knew and loved him

Rick Ackerman

January 9, 2021

Mike and I shared a bedroom from the time I was born. He was eighteen months older than me, but it often felt like we were twins. I still remember our wonderful father rocking us together often. Sometimes we had the same coats and walked to and from school together and other kids often asked us if we were twins. My mother kept us squeaky clean, but I always will remember the day when I was four and Mike was five when she had cleaned us spotlessly to go to a wedding and I still can see my parents’ horrified faces looking down into the basement at us playing in the new delivery of coal. And I so loved the day of Michael’s birthday when he was in the third grade and I was in the second when one of his classmates rang our doorbell. She was there for his birthday party and soon most of the class arrived in birthday clothes with presents. Mike had invited the whole class without my parents knowing. It was one of his happiest days and mine with kids all through the house celebrating my brother. I also remember him crying and telling me when he was ten how hard it was to be the one who was adopted and had to wear braces and get glasses. I told him that I loved him and he was there for me when I went through hard times in my life. We both could never forget the day when our mother woke us up to tell us our father had died during the night. He was just thirteen and I was eleven. I was so proud of him for his intelligence and for being the valedictorian of his high school class. One of our favorite aunts always called him “The Brain”. I will never forget how sad I was when he met me outside of my dorm when I was a freshman in college and he told me that he was leaving his college and joining the Navy during Vietnam. And how happy he was the day he told me he had met a wonderful woman and was in love with her. She is and they were married for 45 years. I will always know how deeply we loved each other, and I will miss him daily for the rest of my life.

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