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Donald F. Michel

December 28, 2015

Donald F. Michel, 76, Franklin St., Watertown passed away at his home on Monday, December 28, 2015.

As per his wishes, there will be no services. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown.

Don was born in Utica on May 14, 1939, son of Fredrick F. and Rosella M. Zorn Michel and he graduated from Utica Free Academy. A marriage to Sharon Zeck ended in divorce. On June 4, 1971 he married Kathleen M. Gamage in Clay, NY.

For 20 years he owned and operated The Animal House on Arsenal St. He loved music, especially Rock 'n Roll, and animals. Don also enjoyed gardening and fishing.

Along with his wife, Kathleen, he is survived by his two daughters and their husbands, Cheryl and Jerome Murray, Utica and Kimberly and Craig Bohling, New Hartford; four grandchildren and three great grandchildren; brother, David and Sharon Michel, Vernon; and two sisters, Carol and George Nowicki, Utica and Janet Cwiklinski, N. Las Vegas, NV; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to either SPCA of Jefferson County, 25056 Water St. or Meals on Wheels, 247 Factory St., both in Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to Don's family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com


#20 Deltra Willis 2015-12-31 13:02
I was the very first customer at the Animal House the day it opened. We had just moved from Florida and the movers had smashed my 40 gallon tank. Don set me up with everything I needed. That tank is still up and running. Thus began a wonderful friendship. I miss the Animal House and I will really miss Don. He was a very special human being. All my love and heartfelt sympathy to the family.
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#19 Nathan Parish 2015-12-30 13:23
Kathy, so sorry to hear about Dons passing! All of us at Ryans always loved seeing you and him on Thursday nights. You are in our thoughts and prayers!
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#18 Judy Spencer 2015-12-30 09:53
I'm so sorry for your loss he will be missed greatly. What a wonderful man he was.
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#17 Karan Cross 2015-12-30 09:41
A quiet, kind, thoughtful and gentlemanly guy who will be greatly missed. Thanks for all of it, Don .. the chats over coffee, the recent DVDs and the 30+ year-old cassettes full of ear candy, and for bringing me along to one of the first really incredible concert experiences I ever had to see Leon Russell and Johnny Winter at Stages in Kingston years ago. You've touched so many lives over the years; I'm so very grateful to have been in your orbit for a even a few of them. Heartfelt ondolences to Kathy and family for your loss.
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#16 Cindy Alton 2015-12-30 09:14
Kathy, my dear friend, I am so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
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#15 Jim Mack 2015-12-29 19:45
I've known Don since the music store on State Street, best salesman around. My prayers and condolences to his family and friends.
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#14 Barry Chalk 2015-12-29 19:41
Kathy, your are in our thoughts and prayers. Don was one of a kind. Many good times at Franklin St. He will be missed.
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#13 Janet Cwiklinski 2015-12-29 18:01
All my love to you, Kathy, for taking such good care of him. It was always so obvious how much he cared about you and for good reason. It's hard being so far away at times like this but I know you have a lot of support there. Rest in peace my brother. Thank you for all the fun memories. I will love and miss you until I see you again one day with Mom and Dad.
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#12 Jackie Lamica 2015-12-29 17:44
Kathy, I am sorry for your loss. I always remembered the dinners shared with you and Don. Always a great time. Know that I am thinking of you during this difficult time. Jackie
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#11 The Abruzzo Family 2015-12-29 15:33
Aunt Kathy, I am so sorry and I pray that God would give you His peace and comfort you during this time. I have many wonderful memories of Uncle Donnie that I will hold dear in my heart. Our trips to Kingston are definitely at the top! I am so thankful that Angelina was able to visit with you both a few months ago. Love you and miss you!! I will continue to pray for healing and for the love of God to hold you!
With deepest sympathy,
Steve, LeeAnne,Christi na, Angelina & Gianna
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