Martha Weitzenberg passed peacefully at her Oakmont home on October 9, 2012, one month short of her 91st birthday, during a bedside vigil with her family.
Martha was born on November 19, 1921 in a small farmhouse at the far end of a country road near the tiny valley town of Strathmore. She and her two older brothers, Frank and Leon, were raised on a modest farm by their parents, Berry and Lena Perkins, where she developed the strength of character which would serve as the foundation of her family in the years to come. She graduated from Strathmore High School and thereafter attended San Jose State College where she met her husband of 52 years, Joe Weitzenberg, as well as the San Jose State “Gang” who would be their close friends throughout their lives. Their college years were interrupted by WWII and so Martha married Joe on December 26, 1943, when Joe was home on leave from the Navy.
In 1946, Martha and Joe built their home of almost 50 years in Los Altos where they raised their twin sons, Bart and Barry. “The Boys” were the centerpiece of Martha’s life. Surrounded by family and friends, the Los Altos years were full, happy and productive years for Martha and Joe. Joe worked for more than 40 years for Westinghouse Electric Corp. in Sunnyvale while Martha worked as a real-estate broker and at Stanford Medical Center. They owned a cabin at Lake Tahoe and they perpetuated the annual family Lake Tahoe vacation for more than 40 years, including this past summer of 2012 when Martha again accompanied her family to South Lake Tahoe for a week.
More than anything else, Martha was a loving, caring family member and loyal friend. She considered her daughters in law, Lynn and Michele, to be the daughters she never had. She and Joe loved to spend time with their grandchildren, Todd, Amy, Jeff and Linsey. Martha lived to love and adore her great grandchildren, Trevor, Gavin, Luke, Charlie, Tarik, Aiya and Zoey.
When Joe passed in 1995, Martha moved to Oakmont to be closer to her family which had relocated to Sonoma County. She enjoyed her new friends and social life at Oakmont, as well as constant family gatherings.
Martha was an avid Giants and 49ers fan. She and Joe enjoyed season tickets to the 49ers games for decades (including the Super Bowl years) and they were tailgating icons at Candlestick Park. The Boys inherited Martha’s love of sports and she was proud of their athletic accomplishments. Barry is a two time Olympian and is in the Cal Hall of Fame and Bart is in the UCSB Hall of Fame.
Martha lived a fabulous life and she appreciated her good fortune. From small farm house to world travels, she and Joe lived the ultimate American dream. She leaves a family legacy that will live on forever.
Please send donations to your favorite charity or to Hospice By The Bay, 190 West Napa Street, Sonoma, California 95476.
A memorial/celebration of life will occur at a time to be announced.
Daniels Chapel of the Roses, Santa Rosa, CA. 707-525-3730