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Born: May 25, 1920

Date of Passing: Dec 10, 2021

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M.S.W., Dip C, Ph.D.
May 25, 1920 – December 10, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Maria Gomori.
She was predeceased by her husband Dr. Paul Gomori in September 1979. She is survived by her son Andrew (Karen), grandsons, Paul, Steve (Amber) and great-granddaughters, Freya, Elise and Laurel.
The world has lost an influential and special woman who touched the lives of many people during her life's journey. She will be mourned by her loving family, close friends and students around the world. She impacted the lives of many people through decades of work as an educator and family therapist.
While there will be no official ceremony, Maria's wishes are for people to celebrate her life and remember the unique and special way that she touched so many people.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Haven Institute, Gabriola Island, BC at
This obituary may also be viewed at Maria's website at:

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 11, 2021

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • Fondly thinking of Karen Fonseth and Gail Asper, O.C., O.M., L.L.D.. - Posted by: Philip (--) on: Dec 16, 2021

  • When I met Maria at my first Satir workshop, I could see the light around her and only wanted to sit at her feet and learn. Over the next ten years, I was so fortunate to be with her, learning, learning, learning. Whether organizing workshops, facilitating them or just participating, every moment with Maria was life-giving to all around her. And she attracted so many wonderful people to work with her that being in her presence always meant loving connections, deep wisdom and a flowing creativity. She cannot be missed because her influence will always be shining out from those whose hearts she touched. She loved life and helped so many to come alive. - Posted by: Sherrill Ruckert (Student and former Vice-President of the Satir Professional Development Association of Manitoba) on: Dec 15, 2021

  • Dear Andy, The pain you feel today, the heaviness in your chest, the lump in your throat will abate with the passage of time.....but you will never forget. Your Mom was a special extraordinary person who lived life to the fullest. Her contributions are amazing and she will be sadly missed. Much Love Faith and Marvin - Posted by: MARVIN SLUTCHUK (Friend and Colleague) on: Dec 12, 2021

  • I only knew Maria for a short time but was glad to get to spend some quality time with her. She was an amazing woman and brought so much good to those around her. She will be greatly missed. My condolences to all of her family and friends. - Posted by: Maddy (Acquaintance ) on: Dec 11, 2021

  • We have lost a precious gift in Maria. And yet in a way, she will never be lost to those of us who knew her, loved her, learned from her, and followed her path of sharing the teachings of Virginia Satir around the world. I met Maria at a workshop at the Haven, on Gabriola Island in 2000 and like many others, found it a life-changing experience. I had a dream that she was walking with me on a beach on Lake Laberge in the Yukon and when I told Maria about it she said, "get your calendar. We already know I am coming to the Yukon. It is just a question of when". Since then I have made it my mission to learn whatever I could from Maria, to emulate her gifted teaching and therapy work, and to teach others, as she did, as much as I humbly can. She was a tough teacher and had incredibly high standards. She was so sure of what she knew that when she gave me and others her blessing, we had the confidence to move ahead in our own work. I will miss her heated discussions about anything to do with family therapy, Virginia Satir, movies, politics, science and everything else. She was a voracious learner and I bet, wherever she is now, she is approaching the next life with curiosity, sparkling intelligence and enthusiasm. Goodbye for now, Maria. Safe journey. love and peace, Pat Bragg President, Satir Institute Society of the Yukon, Canada - Posted by: Patricia Bragg (friend) on: Dec 11, 2021

  • Every psychotherapist who practised in Winnipeg throughout the years would know of Maria Gomori and her work. Although I left the city, she so often came to mind. We all benefitted from her vast knowledge of family therapy. gained directly from the foot of the "giant" Virginia Satir. With her passing, it is the end of an era, of the "Golden Years" of family work. - Posted by: Merika Graham Skirko (colleague) on: Dec 11, 2021

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