Patricia G. Stelmachowicz
1948 - 2021
John A. Gentleman Mortuaries - 72nd Street Chapel
1010 North 72nd Street
Omaha, NE
Stelmachowicz, Patricia G.

November 28, 1948 - January 24, 2021

Patricia Stelmachowicz, of Omaha, NE, passed away peacefully at the age of 72 on January 24, 2021 with her husband of over 40 years by her side.

Pat is survived by her husband, Michael Gorga; her children, Chris Gorga and his wife Katie Murray; Katie Gorga and her husband Patrick Olson; Ally Gorga; and her sister Peggy Stelmachowicz. She was preceded in death by her parents Louetta and Leonard Stelmachowicz; and her sister Sandy Stelmachowicz.

Pat was born in St. Louis, MO and raised in Denver, CO. She graduated with a BA/MA from Colorado State University and a PhD in Audiology from the University of Iowa. Pat and Michael moved to Omaha, Nebraska in 1981, where Pat served as Director of Audiology at Boys Town National Research Hospital for over 30 years. She established a national and international reputation for her work and developed one of the premier clinical and research programs in pediatric audiology in the world. Her clinical research program was funded by the NIH for nearly her entire career.

Pat loved the outdoors, including hiking, skiing, and camping. She and her husband loved to entertain and garnered a reputation for serving wonderful food to large groups of people.

She will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and all who knew her. A Celebration of Life will be held when family and friends can safely travel and gather.


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Sympathy to you & the kids through this hard time. Remembering shared times of life as graduate students at U of Ia. & post graduate times shared at your home with wonderful Italian homemade pasta meals. Pat contributed so much to the field how lucky that her intellectual interests benefitted so many.
Neil & Janis Shepard
February 5, 2021
To Michael and family, I am so saddened to hear of Pat's passing. Words cannot express how impactful and important Pat was to our field, and her contributions to helping children with hearing loss will forever endure. I treasured Pat as a mentor, colleague, and friend, and she inspired me to follow her lead to reach for the highest potential as a clinician scientist. I will forever be grateful to know Pat. You are in my thoughts during this difficult time. Chris Runge
Christina Runge
February 3, 2021
My sympathies to my friend and colleague Mike Gorga and his children for the loss of my friend and colleague Pat Stelmachowitz. Pat was an outstanding intellect in our field, with many accomplishments. She will be missed.
Paul Kileny
February 1, 2021 was an honor to help take care of Pat. She was always so happy! She is greatly missed!
Taryn Schaaf
January 30, 2021
Pat and I worked together at UNMC in the early 1970's, fresh out of graduate school. We honed our skills as new audiologists, cheering each other on and laughing at our inexperience. She, of course, wanted to head down the research path, taking me with her. But, she never stopped, leading her to internationally recognized status. I have never worked with anyone so intelligent, but counter-balanced with a quick wit and refreshing naivete. Great memories. My sympathies to you, Michael, and your family.
Donna Taylor
January 30, 2021
Dear Michael, Chris, Katie and Ally, I send my deepest sympathy to you all. Pat was many wonderful things to us all and we were all blessed to have had her in our lives. I will be holding you all in my heart.
Richard Seewald
January 30, 2021
Michael and Family - I was deeply saddened to learn the news of Pat's passing. We worked together in the late 1970's at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Pat was brilliant, funny, and full of tireless energy. I learned from her and was inspired by her. She will be missed by all who knew her. Keeping you in thoughts and prayers.
Colleen Adam
January 29, 2021
Michael & Family--I was so sorry to hear of Pat's death. My prayers and condolences go out to all of you.
Beth (O'Connor) Slovinski
January 29, 2021
Mike, Katie, Chris, and Allison, I was sad to hear of Pat´s passing. She was a very loving person and cared a lot for her kids education. Please let me know when her memorial is. Doug Rose
Douglas Rose
January 29, 2021
Par was a dear friend and our families have been close since we all started at Boys Town almost 40 years ago. She was witty and bright, and we have so many good memories of trips together and wonderful dinners. She was also an amazing researcher. Her work helped so many children to hear, and she was recognized by a lifetime achievement award by her profession. My heart goes out to her family.
Shelley Smith
January 29, 2021
My condolences to Michael and family. When you work with people for nearly 40 yrs, they become like family. I remember when Pat & Michael got married, the baby shower for their first child, Michael's 40th birthday party, get togethers after the Omaha Corporate runs, science discussions at work and so many other experiences. We should remember and be grateful for the good times and celebrate her life.
Barbara Morley
January 29, 2021
Michael: So sorry for your loss. I will always remember Pat as one of the most intelligent women I have known. May she rest in pease.
Pat Dibelka
January 29, 2021
Michael: our hearts are with you. Thinking of many fun times we all shared. Gerri and Arnold
Arnold Small and Gerri Kahn
January 29, 2021
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