The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT)

Doreen Ann Flaherty


Doreen Ann Flaherty, 61, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, March 1st, 2023, surrounded by her loved ones. Her warrior spirit fought through a brief battle with an aggressive cancer.

Doreen leaves behind her loving husband Robert Tripoli and her cherished daughter, Nicole Aresco and step-daughter, Alicia Tripoli.

She was born in Stamford to Fred and Marilyn Flaherty. She also leaves behind her mother, brother, Dan Flaherty of Arizona and sister Debbie Flaherty of Manchester, as well as beloved niece, Devin Burnes and nephews, Dillon Keating and Michael Burnes.

A graduate of Portland High, Doreen went on to put herself through Saint Francis School of Nursing while raising her daughter and became a registered nurse. As a nurse of over 30 years, she gave her heart and soul to the patients and nursing home residents in her care. She will be remembered for empowering her staff and bringing comfort to countless lives throughout her career. Her nursing tenure ended at Chestelm Health and Rehabilita­tion Center where she served as both Director of Nursing and MDS Coordinato­r. Throughout her life, exercise and fitness was a passion of hers. Her unique style of teaching aerobics and cardio combat created lasting bonds between her and members of her classes. Known as “sensei”, she will be sorely missed by her combat kickboxers.

Doreen loved to spend time traveling, always keeping her annual tradition with her husband on Singer Island in West Palm Beach, Florida. Her most joyous and special memories were created when the sun was shining in CT and she was surrounded by friends and family on her pontoon boat on Lake Pocotopaug. Her family will continue to carry the strength and love she bestowed upon them until they see her again in the sunshine wearing flip flops.

Friends may call at the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St, Portland, on Friday, March 10th from 5-7 p.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cholangioc­arcinoma Foundation at cholangioc­

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