General Information

Full Name: Gertrude “Trude” Sokolski
Date of Death: Monday, January 8th, 2024

  Gertrude “Trude” Sokolski, age 96, of Paramus, NJ, passed away on January 8, 2024. She was born on March 15, 1927 in Gmünd, Austria. Trude was a kind and generous woman with an indomitable spirit and an impish sense of humor. She had a nurturing nature, a contagious laugh and a childlike innocence that endeared her to everyone she met.   

  Trude is survived by her loving daughter, Linda (Peter Pizzuti), and her cherished grandchildren, Rachel and Grace Pizzuti,  Sarah and Sofia Sokolski, and her aide of seven years, Dianne.  She was preceded in death by her son Daniel (Paola), devoted husband of 62 years, Robert, and sister Edith Burian. 

  Liberated from Bergen Belsen after the war, Trude was sent to Sweden by the Red Cross where she studied to become a dental technician – a trade she brought to the States when she emigrated in 1951.  Here, Trude started her own business, L Dee Dental Ceramic Studio, named after her children.  She took great pride in her work and was highly skilled in her craft.   

   In her free time, Trude was an avid rose gardener, a phenomenal cook and baker, and an early practitioner of yoga. In retirement, she and Robert enjoyed traveling the world. Their home was always open to friends and family who were welcomed with a delicious homemade meal or sweet treat, a table decorated with cut flowers from her garden or the pine cones and acorns she found on walks. 

   Trude eschewed the “victim” mantle despite the tragedies of her youth.  She always said that she looked forward, not back, and so she did.  

  A graveside service will be held Thursday, January 11, 2024, 11:00 AM at Beth El Cemetery, 735 Forest Ave, Paramus, NJ to honor Trude’s life. 

  In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to  Ramapo College Gross Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies


Service Information

Thursday, January 11th, 2024
11:00 AM

Service At:
Beth El Cemetery
735 Forest Ave, Paramus, NJ 07652

Get Directions to Louis Suburban Chapel

1 Comment

  1. Linda Melnick

    As a young child we would visit your family and I have vivid memories of Trude. I remember her smiling and her warm demeanor. She seemed so compassionate and energetic.
    She is thought of with a kind and loving spirit.


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