Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home

199 Woodford Street, Portland, ME


Doris Jennie Colello

August 18, 1930May 12, 2020
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Doris Jennie Colello (Gemmell) of Hollis, Maine passed peacefully into the loving arms of the Lord on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at the age of 89. At the time of her passing, her loving daughter Angelina was at her side. Born in Westbrook on August 18, 1930, the daughter of Arthur and Susie Gemmell, she graduated from Westbrook High School with the Class of 1947. She was a true Blue Blazer and recently attended her 70th class reunion. She married the love of her life, Matthew Colello, in 1949 and together they raised their family of 5 children on Munjoy Hill in Portland. Raising her children was the ultimate joy of her life. Many friends of her children on The Hill referred to her as “Mrs. C” and spent many hours in her home. The door was always open. Since her passing, the family has received messages from these old friends such as “She was an angel on earth and special to many of us, much like a 2nd Mom”, “She was a very special lady that I will always have fond memories of, my brother and I spent many hours in your house growing up and she always treated us like part of the family. She was always so gracious and many times had us stay for dinner”.

Doris and Matty were avid supporters of their children and grandchildren and could always be seen at their various sporting events cheering them on. Family was their treasure and everyone knew it. They also enjoyed many trips throughout the States and abroad.

Doris retired from J. J. Nissen Bakery after many years of service. She then returned to her love for children working part time for the Nathan Clifford Elementary School in Portland and fully retired in 1995. In her retirement years, she became a “snowbird” and spent the next 20 years in the winter months in Panama City Beach, Florida where she made many new friends. Most special was the time she spent in Florida with her good buddies from Maine, Rose Petrin, Pat Godin and Carol and Don Sevigny. She also enjoyed many excursions with sisters, Irene and Lil. She was a member of the Westbrook Senior Citizens League and attended regularly with lifelong friend (since kindergarten), Gert Chayer. She loved playing bingo, cards, board games and especially her weekly dinner and game evening at her brother and sister-in-law’s home, Charley and Ginny. Doris was a devout catholic and was a communicant of St. Anthony’s Church (formerly St. Hyacinth’s) in Westbrook. Her relationship with the Lord was very much a part of her being. She was blessed with a long and happy life, rich in the love of her family and friends.

Doris was predeceased by her loving husband, Matthew Colello, Sr., daughter-in-law Sandra Colello, sisters Jeannette DiBiase, Irene Bragdon, Evelyn Stilkey and brother, Arthur Gemmell, Jr. She is survived by her daughter, Angelina and husband Gary Libby of Hollis, ME, sons, Leonardo Colello and wife Patricia of Summerfield, FL, A. James Colello of Buxton, ME, Matthew Colello, Jr. of Buxton ME and Peter Colello and wife Penny of Portland, ME, 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. She is also survived by sister, Lil Charles of Westbrook, ME and brother Charles Gemmell and wife Ginny of Westbrook, ME.

Family and friends are invited to a drive-through visitation at Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home, at 199 Woodford St., Portland, ME 04103 on Thursday, May 21, 2020 from 2-4 PM. Guests will be asked to remain in their vehicles while they pass thru to pay their final respects to Doris. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Portland on Friday, May 22, 2020. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Doris’ memory may be made to The Salvation Army, PO Box 3575, Portland, ME 04104.


  • Arthur Gemmell, Sr., Father (deceased)
  • Susie Gemmell, Mother (deceased)
  • Matthew Colello, Sr., Husband (deceased)
  • Angelina Libby (Gary Libby), Daughter
  • Leonardo Colello (Patricia Colello), Son
  • A. James Colello, Son
  • Matthew Colello, Jr., Son
  • Peter Colello (Penny Colello), Son
  • Lil Charles, Sister
  • Charles Gemmell (Ginny Gemmell), Brother
  • Sandra Colello, Daughter-in-law (deceased)
  • Irene Bragdon, Sister (deceased)
  • Jeannette DiBiase, Sister (deceased)
  • Evelyn Stilkey, Sister (deceased)
  • Arthur Gemmell, Jr., Brother (deceased)

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    Wednesday, May 20, 2020


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Sharon McKenna Molleur

May 22, 2020

Dear Jimmy, Reece, Angie and the entire Colello Family,
How saddened I was to learn of the passing of your Mother and Grandmother. As Sandra's friend, I was able to interact with Doris on many occasions. I liked her very, very much. Such a lovely, warm, friendly person. And she was such fun. You were all blessed to have her. May she now rest in peace. I hope all your memories of her and the love of your family provide you all much comfort at this sad time. Thinking of you all.

Mary Taliento

May 21, 2020

We were so sorry to hear about Doris's passing.
The picture of her and your father brought back
so many memories of good times on Munjoy Hill.
We got to see her many times over the years at
functions for Terry & Bub and Paula & Charlie.
Enjoyed the family connection. Doris was always
happy and smiling. Our sincere sympathy to all.

Deborah Bachand

May 18, 2020

Jimmy and family,
So sorry to hear about your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you. The pictures are heartwarming and it looks like Doris had a full life with lots of wonderful memories.

Barbara Boothby

May 18, 2020

I'm am deeply sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Ann Reali=Atherton

May 17, 2020

So sorry to hear about your mother. Have such fond memories of her when we were kids. She was a wonderful women!
Ann Marie (Reali) Atherton

Nancy Hayman

May 17, 2020

To the family of Doris Colello. We are very sorry to hear of your loss. Doris was the sister of my Aunt Jeannette, and we've know her all of our lives. She was a very special lady, and will be sadly missed. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Bickford
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hayman
Mrs. Mary Noonan
Mr. Emile Girard Sr.
Mr. and Mrs. William Kendrick

Pat Colello

May 17, 2020

No words can express our love for you, dear mother, and the loss we are feeling. You will always be in our hearts and in our greatest memories.

Anthony Colello

May 16, 2020

Anthony Colello

May 16, 2020


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