Dora Gommermann

Dora Gommermann

November 30, 1932 – February 7, 2022

Preceded in death by husband, Andreas; son, Norbert.  Survived by son, Richard (Jane); grandchildren, Annika, Michaela; sister, Emma Masset; nieces.

VISITATION: Thursday, February 10th from 5pm to 7pm followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm, all at West Center Chapel.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Friday, February 11th at 11:15am at St. Cecilia Cathedral, 701 N. 40th Street.  Interment: Calvary Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to Creighton Prep Norbert Gommermann Memorial Fund.

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Dora (Maercz) Gommermann was born in Mucsi, Hungary on November 30,1932.  At age 12, she and her sister, Emma (18 months younger), attended the Notre Dame Sisters Boarding School in Hogyesz, Hungary for four years.  

In 1948 after World War II, the Maercz family, of German ancestry, fled Communist Russia to Vienna, Austria.  

In 1952, her parents, Josef and Maria Maercz, came to the United States and settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where other Mucsi families had emigrated to.  

Andreas (October 20, 1928) and Dora, both from Mucsi, Hungary, reconnected in 1953.  Dora returned to Germany in 1954 and they decided to get married.  On May 6, 1955, Dora and Andreas were married in Frauenstein, Germany. Their sons, Richard and Norbert, were born on July 1, 1956 and January 10, 1958 respectively.

In 1965 Dora, Andreas and their sons emigrated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1968 the family moved to Omaha, Nebraska where Andreas taught at Creighton University for 39 years and Dora at St. Cecilia Grade School for 37 years.  

Dora loved to teach. Many students, parents of students, colleagues, and numerous other friends stayed very close to her until her last days.

Dora loved to travel.  Her favorite place was Tibet.  She also traveled to see family and friends in Germany, Austria and Hungary; and visited Italy, Russia, Peru, Norway, Sweden, Spain, and Portugal.  One of her favorite places to spend months was Hawaii.  Dora and Andreas loved the Big Island.  In addition, the couple traveled through almost every state in the U.S.

May she Rest in Peace and be with her loving husband, Andreas and her son, Norbert.



  • Steve Budke Posted February 8, 2022 11:21 am

    Dora was such a wonderful person and we have enjoyed visiting with her and Andreas for so many years, She will be greatly missed and we will pray for the repose of her soul….

  • Amy McKeighan Posted February 8, 2022 12:26 pm

    Mrs. Gommerman was my 3rd grade teacher at St. Cecilia’s. I remember her with great fondness. She let us be creative in art. She impacted me.God Speed Mrs. Gommerman

  • Michael Cherney Posted February 8, 2022 2:09 pm

    Dora was my German teacher at Christ King School in Milwaukee. It was a wonderful surprise years later to discover Dora and Andreas in Omaha when I joined the Creighton faculty. My wife and I enjoyed seeing them at the evening meetings of the “Old Guard” faculty moderated by Frs. Doll and Hauser. Dora truly was a saint.

  • William Livingston Posted February 8, 2022 6:38 pm

    Rich, so many great memories of running down the alley to hang out with Norbert & big brother Richard always trying to keep us in check. Your studious kind Father, your incredibly comforting Mother Dora. These early mentors You, your parents, & Norbert, so purposely effected us kids in the old hood! Livingston family just smiles, recalling Gommerman ‘’
    God gave us this wonderful family., we celebrate with you.

  • Katie Buckley Taylor Posted February 8, 2022 9:45 pm

    Mrs Gommermann was my 3rd grade teacher in the “old” building at St Cecilia’s. She a made lasting impact on my life. I fondly recall the day my son came home from St Cecilia’s school in the mid 1990’s announcing that he had a substitute teacher who didn’t tolerate any nonsense – guess who it was! Yep it was Mrs Gommermann. God bless you Mrs Gommermann. And thank you for loving so many of us at St Cecilia’s.Grade School.

  • Theresia Erb Posted February 10, 2022 11:59 am

    Emmy, Richard, Jane: So wish I could be with you to say farewell to Dora. I loved your mother very much. I’m sure she’s already organizing her course plans for her next group of students!

  • Hans & Susan Weber Posted February 10, 2022 3:06 pm

    Sorry For your Loss , May she rest In Peace

  • Theresa Koziol Posted February 10, 2022 6:54 pm

    My sympathies to Richard and his family.for the loss of a very special lady. I knew Dora for only a short time in her life and. From the first time I met her… had a special feeling for this very sweet woman . My name is Theresa and I met Dora when she moved into Aksarben Village..I want to thank God for allowing me to have the privilege to have met this sweet lady and her loving family in my lifetime. Theresa – former Ambassador at Aksarben Village

  • Caroline Hess & Robert Higuchi Posted February 11, 2022 11:03 am

    Tante Dori was a treasured friend to my mom, Monika Hess-Brust (nee Ruppert) and a blessing to all of us. I will miss her wisdom and warm hospitality. May she rest in peace – and enjoy being reunited with Andor, Norbert, her parents – and my mom & dad. I hope she and Monika are enjoying a glass of “liquid sunshine” – story telling and laughing! Richard, you and your family are in our thoughts & prayers. May your memories and friends comfort you during this time of loss.

  • Gloria Peters Posted February 11, 2022 5:14 pm

    To Emmy, Richard, Jane, and family,
    My sincerest sympathy for your loss and our loss. Dora was truly a treasure and I am grateful to have known her. A true human being. We will all miss her.

  • Kathleen O’Brien Posted February 14, 2022 12:06 pm

    To the family of Mrs. Gommermann,
    I had the honor and much pleasure of being Mrs. Gommermann third grade student at St. Cecilia’s Grade School. I would spend many of my Saturday’s and end of year ;helping out organizing the classroom.
    I still have the letters I would receive during the summertime encouraging me for my next school year. I will continue to cherish these letters.

    Much Respect,
    Kathleen O’Brien

  • Melanie Märcz Posted February 14, 2022 1:00 pm

    Es tut mir sehr leid, dass Dora gestorben ist. Ich erinnere mich daran, wie es war während eines der Lockdowns und als Trump noch President war mit ihr elektronischen Kontakt zu haben. Ich bin sehr dankbar dafür, das Dora geschrieben hat. Sie war für mich eine wichtige Stimme aus den den USA..


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