Doris Elizabeth Ann O’Malley

Doris Elizabeth Ann O’Malley

January 19, 1930 ~ August 01, 2020

Doris Elizabeth Ann O’Malley, passed away August 1, 2020, having blessed the world with 90 years of generous love and laughter.

Doris was born January 19, 1930 in Paterson, New Jersey to William and Tillie Mickiewicz. She graduated William Paterson Teachers College and taught for 15 years in Wayne and Franklin Lakes, NJ, and overseas in Japan, Morocco, Germany and Philippines with the United States Air Force.

She was an award-winning gardener, world traveler, skilled baker and loved to crochet and knit. Her hands were always busy and she barely sat still. Her favorite hangout was Coin Castle on the Seaside Heights Boardwalk.

Doris lived life to the fullest. She loved to joke and laugh and if there was music playing Doris would be dancing! But most of all she was the best mom anyone could wish for. She was kind, caring, supportive, encouraging, loving, energetic and so much fun! She was known for creating the best birthday parties; all the neighborhood kids still talk about the fun they had! Doris was always kind and generous and she had the most beautiful loving heart. Her mission in life was to bring joy and laughter to everyone she met and she did just that. She was even known to answer the door in giant sunglasses and funny hats to make her visitors laugh. Doris touched the lives and hearts of so many of us and we are all better off for knowing and loving her.

Doris is survived by – and her spirit lives on in – her daughters Doreen O’Malley, Colleen Celmer and husband Matt Celmer, sister Martha Mennella, and numerous very loved nieces, nephews, cousins, and her granddog, Tillie.

Please join us for a funeral mass Saturday, September 12, 2020, 10 AM at St. Mary’s in Barnegat, NJ. After mass, friends, family and all who loved Doris are welcome to celebrate Doris’ life together at Lefty’s Tavern located at 547 North Main Street in Barnegat, NJ 08005.

Doris believed flowers were to be enjoyed by the living. If you’re thinking of sending flowers, please consider surprising someone else with a beautiful bouquet so that Doris can continue to make people smile.


Marsh’ Fenstermaker - Friend

August 5, 2020, 3:16 pm

Prayers for the family. I imagine your mom dancing in heaven!! May all the precious memories give you peace! You were excellent daughters!!!
Much love

Mavis - friend of Doreen and Colleen

August 5, 2020, 3:43 pm

What a beautiful, heartfelt testament to an extraordinary person. I know her grandma Tillie will miss her too.

Adell Kraivanger - cousin

August 5, 2020, 3:50 pm

Beautiful tribute Coleen and Doreen, I especially love “Doris believed flowers were to be enjoyed by the living. If you’re thinking of sending flowers, please consider surprising someone else with a beautiful bouquet so that Doris can continue to make people smile.”
Thank you, love always, Adell & Paul Kraivanger

Diane Falvey - Friend

August 5, 2020, 3:51 pm

What a beautiful tribute to a very special, wonderful woman. So sorry for your loss, but happy that you girls were blessed with a one-of-a-kind mom. May all the great memories get you through the tough days. Lots of love, Diane from Womans Way

Michael Duda - Friend

August 5, 2020, 5:49 pm

Coleen I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. This Tribute is heartwarming and beautiful. God bless you and your Family.

Susan L Weibel - Friend

August 5, 2020, 6:19 pm

What a beautiful memorial to your Mom! She will be missed but what fun she had when she was here!

Bill&Deb McLeod - Friends of the family

August 10, 2020, 1:37 am

Bill&Deb from Australia. Friends of Colleen and Matt. It was a pleasure to meet Doris and share morning tea and some time with her. A very nice Lady RIP

Jill and Joe VanKoppen - Friend

September 18, 2020, 3:45 pm

What fun we used to have on our cruises with Doris, Martha, Bill and Ruth!! We never stopped laughing! After a while, everyone around us would be smiling and laughing, too! That was truly Doris! Always thinking of others! We’re sorry for her loss but heaven’s gardens will just be more beautiful now! Prayers for you and keep smiling!! It’s just what she would have wanted!!

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