July 8, 1935 ~ June 12, 2020

Born in: Darmstadt, Germany
Resided in: Hayward, CA

Gertrud Luise Cisneros, passed away on June 12, 2020, in Fremont, California. “Trudy” was born on July 8, 1935, to Heinrich and Anna Ploch in Darmstadt, Germany. She was proud of her German heritage but equally if not prouder to become an American citizen in 1969. She was a resident of Hayward, California.

Trudy was first married to the late Robert Gilkyson for 25 years and they had 4 children together. She later married Henry Cisneros from 1982 until his passing in 1994.

Trudy is survived by her children Ralf Gilkyson of Issaquah, WA, Heidi Roe, and husband,
Richard of Leesburg, GA, Gitta Moseley, and husband, William of Spring, TX, Renate Gilkyson and husband, Keith of Pacifica, CA. She is also survived by her sister, Renate Zubrod of Darmstadt, Germany. She was a loving grandmother to Eric, Kirstin, Renee, Kyle, Kaela, Sasha, and  Aubrey, as well as 4 great-grandchildren.

Trudy lived life to the fullest and had an infectious smile that would light up a room every time she made an entrance. She had a larger than life personality and a feisty sense of humor which we will greatly miss. A true fashion diva, Trudy loved shopping and took pride in always looking her best. Creative in nature, she was gifted in cooking, home décor, music, sewing, crocheting, ceramics, and gardening. She was also a savvy business woman who owned her own delicatessen and catering business. She was passionate about all animals especially her dogs Fritzi and Max. Trudy was very involved throughout her children’s lives and spent countless hours volunteering for multiple organizations from scouting to swimming to women’s church groups. She was a spirited and caring person who would give you the shirt off her back. She was an amazing friend and mother who will live on in our hearts forever.

A private Memorial Service will take place at Berge-Pappas-Smith Chapel of the Angels.


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  1. CandleHeidi, Richard and Family,
    We are so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Know you are all in our thoughts and prayers during this time. I was so happy to have gotten to meet her on the occassions she came to visit you. Love you all and May God bless you with Peace and the joy of her life well lived!!

  2. CandleA remarkable woman! Gorgeous, funny, kind and generous. Always made me feel I was special. Holidays will not be the same. 💕

  3. CandleMy deepest condolences to the family. You were truly blessed to have such a beautiful and wonderful person that was such an amazing example to you all. May God comfort you all.

  4. CandleTrudy, I feel blessed to have gotten to know you and felt your warm and caring nature. I saw a strong ,independent and beautiful lady and a mother who loved life . Even when in pain you would be witty and hopeful.
    You are with the Lord now free from all pain and suffering. I miss you.

  5. CandleTrudy was a bright shining star that always made me smile, and such shown in the reflection of her daughters!
    She will be greatly missed.

  6. Trudi’s smile and fun loving nature will be missed by all who knew her. This is a sad loss that will be felt not only by her children and family but by all her many friends.

  7. CandleOma, I will truly miss you, your love, and your wicked sense of humor. Too many memories that will never fade away.
    Love- Kirstin

  8. CandleTrudi had a unique glow, energy, sense of play and whimsy, but at the same time she was so strong. I will never forget her. I am thinking of you all.

  9. Heidi,

    Praying for peace and comfort for you and your family. Much love to you, Richard, and the “girls”.

    Eddie, Patti, and Trevor Lopez

  10. CandleGitta (Heidi, Renate, Ralf and families),
    I am very sorry for your loss and send sincere condolences to you all. I have WONDERFUL childhood memories of your mom – (OK, and a few echos of being, well, put straight, when wreaking havoc at sleep overs at your house!). I can still hear her laugh, taste the potato salad and sandwiches she always generously provided and see her beautiful smile! Beauty inside and out. Gitta – our friendship was a blessing for me, and as I’ve said, even though years ago, I cherished it. We spent so many hours together collecting trinkets and stickers and listening to cassette tapes and records memorizing words to songs. You were a part of my family and all the Schafir’s send their love. Trudy, rest in peace and may your memory be a blessing!-

  11. i love you, Trudy. You are such a special friend to me. You will never leave my heart and i will mourn your loss daily. We will continue to garden together and laugh at our antics. You are
    beautiful and full of spunk. Life is not the same without you. My heart goes out to your family and my love goes to you. Your neighbor and friend,Jenny

  12. CandleGitta and family, we were so saddened to hear about your mom’s passing. Sending lots of love and prayers. Allen and Shari


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