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Elizabeth Gorky

Elizabeth Gorky (Nikolachvili)

Monday, February 9th, 1925 - Saturday, February 2nd, 2019
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Gorky, Elizabeth
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Elizabeth Gorky (Feb. 9, 1925-Feb. 2, 2019) at Finlandia Village in Sudbury Ontario. Elizabeth was born in Tsaritsyn (U.S.S.R.) which became Stalingrad a few months after her birth to loving parents Daria and Porfiry (predeceased). She had one sister, Alexandra Nitsenko (predeceased). She overcame the tragedy of forced labor in Germany during the war to triumph in her beloved adopted country of Canada.
Predeceased by her husband Dimitry whom she married in Austria.
Exactly 70 years ago she arrived in Canada and loved everything about Canada. A country where no one awaited her and no benefits were given or expected outside the benefit of working hard and creating a new life in freedom. This she did very well. Survived by her beloved children Nina (Efim), Ellin, Olga (Robert), adored and adoring grandchildren Liuba (Francisco) and Daniel (Helen) and her great-granddaughter, the inimitable Paloma. A fourth daughter, Mary, died in infancy. Survived by many nieces and nephews in Russia, Ukraine, and Georgia.
She was bigger than life and was loved by many. She quietly helped so many people, immigrants, people seeking to adopt children from Russia.
Her good deeds were many. She was a founding member of the Sudbury Multicultural Society. She obtained a graduate degree and went on to become a professor and chairman of the Modern Languages Department at Laurentian University.
But most of all, she lived and taught love. Her granddaughter described her as a real one-of-a-kind light and her lessons in life will be shared with her daughter.
She loved to laugh, sing, and dance, especially her Georgian "Suliko"
and Racha-style dance.
Her most memorable words to us were: "I can not teach you how to pray.
I don't know the right way. Just do good."
Special thanks to the caretakers and staff of Finlandia Village for the excellent care provided to her over the years.
An inexpressible thanks to the Fedec family, Richard, Jocelyne, Anthony, and Julia for their total devotion to her. There are no words that can ever express our thanks to you.
May her memory be eternal.

Funeral Service
in the
R. J. Barnard Chapel
Jackson and Barnard Funeral Home
233 Larch St., Sudbury
Saturday, February 9th, 2019 at 9am
(Friends may call 2-4; 6-8pm Friday with Panikhida at 7pm Friday)
Interment in the Civic Cemetery.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, February 8th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Friday, February 8th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Jackson and Barnard Funeral Home
    233 Larch St.
    Sudbury, ON P3B 1M2
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    Panikhida 7pm Friday.
  • Second Visitation

    Friday, February 8th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, February 8th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Jackson and Barnard Funeral Home
    233 Larch St.
    Sudbury, ON P3B 1M2
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Panikhida 7pm Friday.
  • Service

    Saturday, February 9th, 2019 | 9:00am
    Saturday, February 9th, 2019 9:00am
    R.J. Barnard Chapel
    233 Larch St
    Sudbury, ON P3B 1M2
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  • Interment

    Civic Memorial Cemetery
    365 Second Ave N.
    Sudbury, Ontario P3B 3M4
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Marion Steinbach

Posted at 11:31am
I am looking to contact Elizabeth's daughter Olga. Lost contact with her years ago. Please have her contact if possible.

Dinah (Seglins) Timmermans

Posted at 02:37pm
My sincere condolences to Nina, Ellin , Olga and family. Ellin you were a good friend in high school and I met your mother while you were living on Morris St. She has left you a wonderful legacy. May the good memories warm your hearts during this difficult time. Dinah (Seglins) Timmermans

Maria Krupp

Posted at 02:04pm
My brother Bill and I both studied Russian under Elizabeth Gorky at Laurentian University many years ago. She was a marvelous professor and we all loved her stories and who she was. We both learned a lot from her and wish to extend our sincere condolences to her family. Maria and Bill Krupp
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Lori Sunday

Posted at 11:19am
Nina & The Gorky Family: My sincerest sympathy!
Many years have passed since we last conversed. When you lived on Morris St. you introduced me to your beautiful, sweet mother whom I was impressed with her gregarious nature. Chatting with her I knew she was a genuine lady with a warm smile. Later, whenever or wherever we would meet --a lengthy, informative conversation was initiated followed by a hearty laughter.
Nina, you have a loving family/friends so embrace the hugs that encompass you & surround yourself with happy memories to sustain you during this difficult time you must endure,
Sending you hugs & smiles

Jerry Pinto

Posted at 06:24pm
I studied Russian with Elizabeth at Laurentian University in the 1970s and for many years after we stayed in touch by phone and letter mostly. What a fine education I received from this one person. She was a person I loved to be around for her warmth, humor, and joy for life. She provided support, encouragement, and laughter. I felt the strength of a gentle person who had overcome much and achieved much, and took something from that too. My thanks to you, Elizabeth, for the gifts and memories you provided. My profound condolences to her family.

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