Michael Joseph DONARUMA
June 9, 1963 – October 7, 2021
With heavy hearts, we share the passing of Michael Donaruma on October 7th, 2021. He was surrounded by his loving family as he succumbed to his long, hard fought battle against Covid. Michael had a deep and abiding faith and joins his father and mother, Joseph and Shirley Donaruma, and his sister Doreen Donaruma Skinner in heaven.
Born in Brooklyn, New York on June 9, 1963, Michael spent his childhood there before his family moved to Oklahoma after short stints in Albuquerque and Kentucky. The Donarumas settled in Jones and Michael loved living there so much, he made it his lifelong home. He enjoyed rural life as a teenager, graduating from Jones High School in1981. Michael raised his children there and had them participate in all the joys of small town life, including a deep devotion to Jones football. On Friday nights you could find Michael on the sidelines with his camera. He enjoyed capturing the moments and would post them on his Facebook page.
Michael loved photography and was the one always behind the camera at many family functions. Being part of a big Italian clan, Michael cherished his family. His children were the center of his life. He looked forward to Sunday dinners, holiday get-togethers, and even something as simple as sharing a meal with his children, nieces and nephews or cousins. His other loves included hunting, fishing, riding his motorcycle, and he was deeply patriotic. For years, Michael worked as a contractor, handyman, and a jack of all trades, working long hours, especially in the summer when he added big mowing jobs to his schedule. He was a hard worker and dedicated to doing a good job, a trait he instilled in his children.
Michael is survived by his sons, Joseph Donaruma--Jojo, Michael Donaruma--Mikey and his wife Carissa, Levi and wife Brittany Smelser, and his daughter Christy Smelser. He is also survived by his two brothers, Joseph Donaruma and Charles Donaruma. Michael leaves behind a very large, loving family that includes his nieces Brittini Carpenter, Theresa Skinner, and Shirley Atnip and his nephews Anthony Donaruma and Nicholas Donaruma, Also grieving his loss are his numerous grandchildren, great nephews and nieces, cousins, aunts and friends. We will all miss his warmth and his great sense of humor and his love.
- Joseph Donaruma
- Anthony Donaruma
- Paul Wallis
- Jimmy Johnson
- Michael Donaruma, Jr.
- JoJo Donaruma
- Christy Smelser
- Levi Smelser
- Charles Donaruma, Honorary Pallbearer
Monday, October 11, 2021
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Michael Joseph DONARUMA
Cassandra Johnson Sellers
October 11, 2021
My heart is heavy for you boys. I have known Michael and the whole Donaruma family for 30 years. I have seen the family go through good times and bad. Michael was such a gentle, old soul that always made me see the bigger picture. He was pure of heart and lived for his family. He was the friend to drop everything at a moments notice just to come and help. Michael will be deeply missed. This world is a little darker without Michael in it.
"Grief is the price we pay for love". Rest easy my friend. I will see you on the other side.
October 9, 2021
Mike will truly be missed. I could always count on him to send me anti-Democratic articles & we'd debate on our different views, having agreed early on that we'd not let things get out of hand bc we're family.
I was always in awe of the pictures he took-- they are truly works of art. I had hoped to get some photography pointers from him one day.
I'm truly saddened by his passing & my thoughts & prayers continue for everyone he left behind. He's greatly missed.
October 9, 2021
My love, thoughts and prayers are with Joe Joe and Mikey. HeI am so sorry for the loss of your dad and my cousin. Michael was such an amazing person who always knew how to make everyone laugh, help out anyone that was in need, pick you up when you were down. Anyone who knew this amazing man was truly lucky and blessed. I have so many wonderful memories and I am so thankful that he always made time to spend with me when I was there in Oklahoma. My heart is truly broken but I know we will meet again one day. Michael you will truly be loved & missed but never forgotten. Please give my parents hugs & kisses and your mom, dad and sister too. I will miss you so much and Oklahoma will NEVER be the same without you being there for me to see your amazing smile. I love you so much cuz. Rest in Peace til we meet again on the other side.