Gertrude "Trudy" Ambrose

Passed away on January 16, 2021

Gertrude “Trudy/Gertie” Ambrose passed away January 16, 2021 in Apex, NC of complications of Alzheimers disease.

Gertrude Louise Kizina was born in Winburne, PA to German immigrants. She was one of twelve surviving children. After high school graduation, Trudy was recruited by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and moved to Washington, DC to begin her career. She served under J. Edgar Hoover in the Fingerprint Section for seven years. Trudy married Jim Ambrose in 1949 and they raised two daughters in DC and Maryland. Trudy’s second career was with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) where she spent many years as the sole lost and found person for bus and rail. Trudy and Jim traveled the world together and had a huge social circle called the FUN Club. Trudy loved to entertain and defined, “hostess with the mostest”.

Jim passed in 2009 and Trudy moved to Cary, North Carolina in 2010 to be near her children. She transferred her membership from her home church, Grace Lutheran Church in LaPlata, MD to Resurrection Lutheran Church in Cary NC. She loved her Bible Study friends and church families until dementia no longer allowed her to participate.

Trudy is survived by one sister, Marie Figal; daughters, Faith Lough (Peter Otten) and Sharon Ambrose (Bill Brooks); her dear grandchildren, Keith (Beckie) Lough, Kim Lough (Matt Davis), Torrey Brooks (Tuli) Mauga, Helen (Walter) Tenney, and Erin (Neal) Anderson; eight great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Brown-Wynne in Cary, NC and Raymond’s in La Plata, MD. A funeral service will be held 11:00 am Monday, February 15, 2021 at Grace Lutheran Church, La Plata, MD. The service will be livestreamed:

Burial will be at Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, MD on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 10:30 am.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Resurrection Lutheran Church's Love Fund or Grace Lutheran Church's Compassion Center.


  • Funeral Service

    Monday, February 15, 2021



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Nancy and Paul Bartlett

February 15, 2021

We are grateful to have known your Mom for these few last years in Cary. To have been in her home, celebrated her 90th birthday, but especially to have known her through you, Sharon. Your kindness, generosity, and loving spirit to Trudy, and to others in your circle, reflect the Mom you described in your eulogy today.
Her precious Posey witnessed this service with us today.

Christine Heaney

January 19, 2021

Sharon and Faith and family:

Just heard about mom's passing and wanted to send you our condolences. Will always remember Mom as one of the most generous, kind persons that we knew. Always greeted us with such a warm, sincere smile; just such a loving person.

May she rest in peace.

God Bless all of you,

Chris and Bob Heaney