Doris V. Reitchel

May 2nd, 2014

Doris V. (Skeffington) Reitchel, age 87, a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on May 2, 2014.

Doris was born in Boston, MA, on September 30, 1926; she was the cherished daughter of the late Richard and Doris (Johnson) Skeffington.  Doris was raised and educated in Somerville and was a graduate of Somerville High School with the Class of 1943.

Doris married and moved to Wilmington in 1950, where she raised a large and loving family.  Doris was a “stay at home mom” for many years, she was truly devoted to raising her family of nine with unconditional love, endless support, and lots of guidance; they were absolutely her pride and joy.  Doris was delighted when she became a grandmother and then a great-grandmother; all the more family to love and cherish.

As her family grew, Doris went to work at the Wilmington Town Hall for many years and then started a career in Real Estate.  Doris worked at Fenton Real Estate Company in Wilmington where she had a great rapport with her customers as well as her co-workers. Doris always had a “keen eye” and a fascination for Real Estate which made her successful throughout the years.

In her spare time Doris enjoyed sewing, dancing, going to bingo, and playing cards with her family and friends.

Doris will be fondly remembered as a woman of great faith, strength, and for her kindness to others.  Doris touched countless lives throughout the years with her helpfulness and generosity; she was truly an amazing lady who will be sorely missed by all.

Doris was the beloved and devoted mother of Paul Reitchel & his wife Ellen of Augusta, ME, Kevin Reitchel & his wife Barbara and Richard Reitchel & his wife Debra all of China, ME, Marilyn Reitchel-Gambale of Augusta, ME, John “Bing” Reitchel & Joanne Centrella of Tewksbury, MA, Gene Reitchel of Naples, ME, William Reitchel & his wife Pamela Landry of Bradford, MA, Dorice Reitchel & her husband Bob Falco of Manchester, NH, and the late James Reitchel, loving “Nana” of Eddie, Dorice, Allison, Kimberly, Paul, Tiffany, Stacey, Dick Jr., Katey, Andrea, John, Tracy, Peter, Robert, William, Christopher, Gabriella, Julia, and the late Kristyn, “Big Nana” of Lincoln, Easton, Emmett, Ryan, Tyler, Casey, Brooke, Paige, Reid, Riley, Alexander, Layla, Arianna, Liliana, Michael, Violet, and Paige.  Cherished daughter of the late Richard and Doris (Johnson) Skeffington, dear sister of Linda Furrua of Novato, CA, the late Grace Preaux, Jean Griffiths, and Richard Skeffington.  Doris is also survived by many nieces, nephews, extended family, and close friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, May 5th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m.  Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, May 4th from 1:00-5:00 p.m.  Memorial donations in Doris’ name may be made to the Prescott House, Attn:  Activities Department, 140 Prescott Street, No. Andover, MA  01845.


11 Entries in Guest Book for “Doris V. Reitchel”

  1. Maureen Keller says:

    The Givens go back a long way with the Reitchels and our matriarch has gone to her heavenly home. I cherish you Dodie, and you will always have a special place in my heart. You left wonderful children and grandchildren passing on your amazing gift of love. Thank you so much for all the wonderful memories. Love all you siblings and grandchildren! xoxoxo

  2. Hoyt Family says:

    Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. the Hoyt Boys send love and thoughts especially to the Reitchel/Falco Girls!

  3. Joanne says:

    You were a very special lady, you had so much wisdom and love to share with your family and friends. Your children have learned how to love because they were so loved by you. Your unconditional love is quite a legacy to leave behind. You will be missed here, and no doubt welcomed in heaven. I have learned much from you over the years, Thank you all Reitchels for making me and my family a part of your family.

  4. Jo-Ann Calo Warren says:

    My heart goes out to each one of you. I remember you all so well. You all left footprints on my heart. I will always remember the summers at your camp. We were so young and care free. But times moves on and we all get older ,I think older is better. We loose people we love but we gain the “next generation. Your Mom got to love and see so much of that next generation. So was very blessed. Mal I wish I could find a way to contact you. I miss you and want together soon. I am going to try to make it Sunday so I can see you.

  5. Gladdie (Skeffington) and Ray Coultas says:

    Dear Family: Sorry to hear the sad news. We are in Maine and would have been able to make it down for the service, but didn’t hear until this morning.
    We have many fun and fond memories of the Reitchel and Skeffington families. Many cook-outs at your house in Wilmington, seeing all the kids at sporting events and Ray and I were were deeply touched that Dodie and Morgan were able to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary in 2005.
    Dodie always used to tease me that when she passed, I would become the family matriarch on the Skeffington side. It’s an honor I never wanted to attain.
    Love and prayers to all,

  6. Jimmy McHugh says:

    To the Reitchel Family,
    So sorry for your Families loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

  7. Dorice Reitchel says:

    Dear Friends and Family,
    Thank you for all your support and kindness during this last week. My mom is truly missed by everyone who knew her… To know her is to love her.
    She would have been honored by all the condolences expressed. I knew her only in the second half of her life, and she was an amazing lady. I can only imagine her spunk and good will when she was younger!
    When my brother died, I found great comfort in reading this guest book and hearing meaningful memories or thoughts. Please consider posting a brief message.
    in God’s peace, Dorice Reitchel (“my mother’s youngest daughter”)

  8. Teresa (Pratt) Despres says:

    To the entire Reitchel Family~
    Please know that our thoughts are with your family during this difficult time. On a few occasions over the past 24 years we spent time with Doris at Dick and Deb’s house in China, Maine. She was always pleasant and fun to be around. Bless her heart, she will be greatly missed.
    Our deepest condolences,
    Teresa and Mike Despres (Deb’s Sister)

  9. Kathleen Espelin says:

    Dear Dorice and family , may the wonderful memories of your dear mother help you during this very difficult time. I remember meeting your mom, for the first time , when we were down in New Orleans. She in your aunt were on their whirlwind girls get-a-way trip. Do you remember how cute they were? :)

  10. Joanne Centrella says:

    I have to share this comforting thing that happened to me with all of you. My motto has always been a mother’s love is from the womb to the tomb. When Mrs. Reitchel, whom I should have called “MOM” left us, I knew if anyone could prove this theory wrong she could and she did. I lost my favorite piece of jewelry on Friday, the day she died, my seashell bracelet which I have had for years. I prayed to Saint Anthony to no avail. On Tuesday, the day after she arrived in heaven, I was going to vacuum the family room and found it hanging on my grandkids pony, I had searched every inch of the house, including this spot, my point is she is our Angel, watching over us now. I thanked her for looking out for me, my point being not the womb to the tomb, she is with us forever, and still doing her job. I hope this gives comfort to all of those who loved her, she is still with us. I think of her daily, tender thoughts and thanks for what she has brought to my life, love and acceptance.

  11. Michelle Mugford says:

    I have wonderful memories of Mrs. Reitchel. Growing up with Dorice, I always remember her mom sitting in the living room in her chair watching the Red Sox or at the kitchen table telling all if us to “be careful” and “wear a coat” (even when it was a warm day!). She was always so caring and thoughtful. I remember going for long bike rides and runs and stopping by to say hello. She usually wouldn’t hear me knocking on the door. I would find her smiling in her chair in front of the TV. We would talk for a while about family and friends. She was so happy all of our friends were still close. Mrs. Reitchel was a strong, amazing lady that I will always remember with love.

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