Remembering Nebraska's first COVID-19 victim

Posted at 9:17 AM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 10:17:27-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KTMV) — Its been roughly two weeks since Nebraska reported it's first COVID-19 related death.

It happened on March 24 when long-time Omaha real estate agent, Ralph Marasco, passed away.

Nico, Ralph's son, says his father had underlying health issues, specifically heart disease.

The family originally thought he died from heart complications, but later learned Ralph tested positive for coronavirus.

Nico says it's been hard to process, but wants his father to be remembered for all the good he brought to the world. He says his dad had a philanthropic soul, a love for life and was always cracking jokes.

It's his last conversation with his dad that he'll hold onto.

"Lot's of laughing and smiling, a good conversation," Nico said. "I did get to say, 'I love you,' which is awesome. We usually didn't end the conversation like that, but I ended it with 'I love you, pops.'"

Nico says he's honored to be Ralph's son. The family will hold a celebration of life this summer when this pandemic passes.