Dora Jeanne (Northcutt) Trittipo died peacefully on June 2, 2021 surrounded by family in her “sunshine room,” an addition that was built onto her home to serve as her recovery room after her initial breast cancer diagnosis in 2010. She was born in Indianapolis on October 16, 1962 to Marvin James Northcutt and Mary “Bette” O’Neill Northcutt, their youngest of seven children and a twin. She graduated from Perry Meridian High School in 1981. She attended IU School of Nursing, and worked as a Registered Nurse at Community Hospitals for 25 years. In 2011, she took on a new and exciting challenge at Community Hospitals working in IT on their system for electronic patient records. Later she worked for Epic as a consultant. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, and friend to everyone. She was the PTO president at her children’s elementary school, Hazel Dell Elementary, and she was the Girl Scout leader of her daughter’s troop. She loved attending Colts games, traveling (especially to Lake Michigan on the annual 4th of July family vacation), watching romantic comedies and musicals, eating at amazing restaurants, and watching her son play basketball for Noblesville High School.
Dora was one of the original Colts Cheerleaders in 1984 and 1985, and she was a passionate Colts fan throughout her life. In the last decade, she had the opportunity to return to the field and cheer with her original squad for performances celebrating the 30th and 35th anniversaries of the Indianapolis Colts, and participated in several Crucial Catch halftime performances for cancer awareness.
In 2018, she competed in the Mrs. Indiana pageant and had so much fun strutting her stuff alongside the many beautiful contestants, some of whom were less than half her age. Her platform at the pageant was spreading awareness about metastatic breast cancer. She won Mrs. Congeniality and their Fabulous Face award. She proved that you can do anything you want, no matter your age.
Despite her decade-long battle with metastatic breast cancer, she never let it steal her fire. She loved being involved in events for the Pink Ribbon Connection and the Megan S. Ott foundation, organizations that help those whose lives have been impacted by breast cancer. She spoke openly about her battle with cancer, and she was an inspiration to everyone who knew her. With each new diagnosis and the spread of the disease, cancer only made her more determined to live every single moment to the fullest. She had an undeniable zest for life, and her light continued to shine so bright until the very end.
She is survived by her husband Paul, her daughter Colleen, and her son Jack; her sisters, Maureen Madden (husband Joseph, deceased), Sheila Northcutt (partner Pam Vitale), Debbie Fabert (husband Eric), her twin sister Donna Hinrichsen (husband Erik), and her brother Timothy Northcutt (wife Cheryl); as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents Marvin and Bette Northcutt, her brother James “Jim” Northcutt, her father-in-law and mother-in-law Henry and Josephine “Jody” Trittipo, her brother-in-law Joseph Madden, and her brother-in-law John Trittipo.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in the name of Dora Trittipo to the Megan S. Ott Foundation or the Pink Ribbon Connection, which provide support to those whose lives have been impacted by breast cancer. In addition, donations can be made to the Community Cancer Center North. Their incredible care allowed Dora to far outlive her initial prognosis.
Her amazing life will be celebrated in a memorial mass on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at 2:00 P.M., at St. Roch Catholic Church, 25 East Sumner Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46227. The mass will be followed by refreshments and the sharing of memories in the Wilmoth Parish Life Center. Masks are optional at the parish.
Megan S. Ott donation link: https://secure.etransfer.com/eft/donation480/donation1.cfm?d2org=MSOFoundation&d2tool=donate
Pink Ribbon Connection donation link: http://pinkribbonconnection.org/support-us.html
or donate by mail:
Pink Ribbon Connection
1139 Shelby Street
Indianapolis, IN 46203
Community Health Network donation form (designate either Cancer Care or Oncology Patient Assistance): https://www.ecommunity.com/community-foundation/network-foundation-online-donation
The Community North Cancer Center is affiliated with MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a program of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, so donations can also be made directly to the MD Anderson Cancer Network here: https://www.mdanderson.org/donors-volunteers/donate.html