Joseph Donato, passed away on March 28, 2014, at the age of 71, He was at home alongside his extended family after a 36 month battle with skin cancer. Born January 25, 1943, in Cosenza, Italy. He was the son of the late Giovanni and Rosina Donato. Joseph owned and operated the successful Mamma Rosa Restaurant in Ramona, California for over 35 years. He had a passion for nice cars, music, and foreign films. His favorite pastime was having an intellectual discussion about social, political and economic issues. Joseph surrounded himself with children and enjoyed dinners with close family and friends. He was a compassionate, generous, selfless and gentle man that understood the true meaning of love. He was known as "Uncle Joe", to all the countless lives he touched.|
Joseph is survived by two brothers; five sisters; twelve nephews; nine nieces; and forty-seven (47) great nephews/nieces! He is also survived by two very special girls that he loved very much, Mindy and Monica and Monica's children, Penelope and Ashton.
A Mass and Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, April 4th, 2014, at 10:30am, at Church of Saint Luke 1980 Hillsdale Road, El Cajon, CA. He will be laid to rest at Holy Cross Cemetery in San Diego, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Vitas Innovative Hospice Care in appreciation of the wonderful care, comfort and love they gave to Joseph.
Published in the Ramona Sentinel on Apr. 4, 2014