Robert Niederer

Robert (Bob) Niederer, 86, of Los Gatos, CA was welcomed into heaven after his battle with cancer on October 19, 2021 and will be missed by absolutely everyone who knew him. Bob was born in Carlstadt, New Jersey on January 20, 1935 to Paul and Elsie Niederer.  He received a bachelor’s degree from Lehigh University and an MBA from Santa Clara University. Bob served four years in the Navy and settled in Los Gatos in 1965. He was a family man and loved taking his three kids on various adventures: water skiing, snow skiing, backpacking, river rafting.  The local boy scout troop was lucky to have him as the scoutmaster, as he brought tremendous energy to all of the activities they did. After working at Westinghouse for nearly 40 years, Bob retired and joined a weekly Bay Area hiking group. He was a man of faith and volunteered for many years at his church. He also became a Farm and Wilderness guide at Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills, where 3rd and 4th grade kids on field trips were treated to his vast knowledge of nature, his engaging teaching style and his wonderful patience. Bob and Francine Tanner were married at Hidden Villa in the spring of 2002 and they traveled all over the world together. Bob treated the whole family to a fabulous trip in the Galapagos for his 80th birthday.  He will always be remembered for his zest for life – he was very active well into his 80’s. He continued to water ski, hike, ride a bike, go to the gym, and swim. He bravely fought his illness but in the end it showed no mercy. Bob expressed love to his family often and we all feel blessed to have had him with us for so many years. He leaves behind his devoted wife Francine Tanner, his brother Paul Niederer (Jeanne), his son Steve Niederer (Ingrid), daughters Diane Ciesinski (Steve) and Christal Niederer, as well as the five grandkids he adored so much: Zack Ciesinski (Cary Luu), Nick Ciesinski (Anna), Ryan, Matthew and Kristina Niederer, and his first wife Joanne Ellis. The family held a celebration of life in early November.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hidden Villa www.hiddenvilla.org or American Cancer Society www.cancer.org