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Toni E. Colello January 26, 1950 - February 13, 2022

Date of Funeral

February 18, 2022

Toni E. Colello, 72 of Hackettstown, NJ, passed away at her home on Sunday, February 13, 2022. Born in Phillipsburg, NJ on January 26, 1950 Toni was the daughter of the late Ralph & Theresa Piperata Celia.

Toni was formerly employed by the Hackettstown Board of Education as a Middle School teacher for many years. Most recently, she was employed as a tutor at Centenary University in Hackettstown.

Toni has lived in Hackettstown with her beloved husband, Ron since 1976 and spent her childhood in Phillipsburg, NJ. In addition to her husband Ron, Toni is survived by two children; a son Brian Colello of Chicago, Ill. and a daughter, Nicole Colello-Kim of West Caldwell, NJ. Lastly, she is survived by four loving grandchildren; Emily, Hannah, Dominick & Tony.

Viewing hours will take place on Thursday, February 17, 2022 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ, 07840. Funeral services will be on Friday, 10:00am at the Cochran Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Sts. Philip & James Cemetery, Phillipsburg, NJ. Online condolences may be offered to the family at


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    Ted and Brenda Zellars says

    Ron and family. So sorry for your loss.

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    Paul & Robin Wallace says

    Dear Colello Family
    My Wife Robin and are so saddened to hear of Mrs. Colello’s passing.
    Mrs. Colello was on of my 5th Grade teachers (Miss Celia then) and always stopped to talk years later very interested in what we were up to.
    We had such great conversations at the Shop Rite, and She would tell me, I am a Democrat, but I always vote for you (Republican).
    Just one of the best examples of what a Teacher should be like as she really cared and remembered 40 plus years after She taught us in School.
    I know these words will sadly provide little easing of the pain you all are going through, but please know we will have you all before our FATHER in Heaven asking HE Comfort You as only HE can, through Christ Our LORD.
    GOD Bless

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    Joanie Magliaro says

    Dear Brian, Nicole and Ron,
    So very sorry to hear of Toni’s passing. We had been in touch over the past year and a half, and wish we could have seen each other. She was so kind, caring and will truly be missed. My deepest condolences, thoughts, and prayers for your family.
    May your loving memories of her bring you comfort. 🙏🏻

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    Linda Boyle-Medina says

    She was my 7th grade English teacher and Hacketts coach, what a lovely lady 💞

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    Christina Hadgkiss Glesson says

    Such a wonderful seventh grade teacher. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family. God Bless.

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    Gary J. Kuipers, Sr. says

    Dear Ron and family, I’m truly sorry to learn of your beloved wife’s passing. Toni was a great tutor at Centenary and I enjoyed conversing with her during break time. Ron, I’ve known you for a long time and you and Toni are hard working, wonderful people. May God’s comfort be with you and the family during this difficult time.

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    Ray Hankinson says

    I was shocked and sadden to hear of your loss. Know that I am thinking about you and your family during this time of grief. Wish you strength and comfort in the future.

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    Mary Painter says

    I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers for your family. Though we knew each other for many years when the kids were young, we had more conversations catching up during breaks at Centenary. A truly special lady.

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    Karen Arnold says

    Dear Ron and family. Deepest condolences to all of you.. I knew Toni for many years
    Initially as Toni Celia. We taught together at the Middle school and remained friends for many years.I so enjoyed talking with her.

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