CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Ronnie Bissett is polite when she answers the phone. She acknowledges that, yes, she is the grandmother of worldwide pop sensation Lady Gaga, but she can't say much more.
"My daughter told me not to talk about it," the Glen Dale resident said.
Bissett's daughter is Cynthia Bissett, who grew up in the Northern Panhandle and graduated from West Virginia University in 1976.
Becky Lofstead, assistant vice president for university communications, went to school with Bissett.
"I remember Cindy," Lofstead said, when asked about her on Monday. "We were sorority sisters. We both pledged Chi Omega back in the fall of 1972."
Lofstead remembered Bissett as being very outgoing, smart and having a flair for fashion. She was also a cheerleader.
"Cindy was just this young, beautiful brunette -- everyone liked her. Lady Gaga actually looks a lot like Cindy -- only blonde."
The two lived in the sorority house their junior year. Lofstead remembers Bissett was just about the only one who could cook. After graduation, they lost touch. Bissett later moved to New York and married Joseph Germanotta.
The couple has two daughters. The eldest is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta: aka Lady Gaga.
Little is known about how much time Lady Gaga may have spent in West Virginia. For the last couple of years, reports and rumors about Gaga's hillbilly roots have been circulating. Lady Gaga may have a whole slew of cousins running around the Mountain State, but none of them have come forward.
Darlene Bieber, publicist for country star and Glen Dale native Brad Paisley, doesn't think the family remaining silent is likely part of some kind of organized plan.