Palo Alto Weekly
Community Pulse - April 26, 2019
Martha Helen Baerg
Martha Helen Baerg, 84, died on April 13, 2018, at her home in Palo Alto. Marti, as she was known to friends and family, received bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Occidental College. An elementary school teacher for many years, she taught in the cities of Ross, El Monte and Carmel. She later earned a second master's degree from San Jose State University in clinical psychology, becoming a respected therapist in private practice for the remainder of her career. She was a volunteer at the Bay Window, a member of the American Association of University Women and a former president of the California Association of Marriage Family Therapists. Her family remembers her as a wise, warm and wonderful friend who helped transform many lives. She is buried at Alta Mesa Memorial Park and is missed by all who loved her. She is survived by her husband, William Baerg; her children, Bonnie Lynn Schisler and Karl Morgan Schisler; her stepchildren, Lisa Cooper, Bill Baerg and Margaret Plavocos; seven grandchildren; two nephews; and several cousins. She was preceeded in death by her parents, Samuel and Martha Peck; and her sister, Suzanne Vanderbeit.