Martha Louise Schildwachter Jan 8, 1938 - May 17, 2020 Moraga Martha Louise Schildwachter passed away on Sunday, May 17 after a brief battle with cancer. She was a cherished member of the family and a gift to all who knew her. She touched many lives and meant a great deal to all of us. She was a woman of incredibly strong faith and loved her family and friends deeply.
Martha was born in Bronx, NY to Charles and Wilhemina Schildwachter. She was the baby of the family following the births of her brother David and sister Ann. Martha’s mother passed away when Martha was ten and later her father married Hannah, who became a mother to the children. Martha graduated from Evander Childs High School and went on to Wagner College. Eventually Martha moved to Michigan to live with her sister Ann’s family and attend Western Michigan University where she earned her Bachelors of Science and went on to earn her Master’s in Occupational Therapy. She worked in Michigan for a number of years before moving to California to live with her sister Ann, after the passing of Ann’s daughter Laura.
Martha went on to work at Herrick Hospital as an Occupational Therapist and she became a beloved member of the team and served as mentor to those training in the field. She retired from this position in 2000, but continued to volunteer and bring her dog to visit patients at the hospital. Martha was very active in her church, Moraga Valley Presbyterian Church, teaching Sunday School, in Bible Study and becoming an integral part of the church community. She also actively volunteered at Aegis in Moraga, leading Bible Study, and teaching and volunteering at the Bay Area Rescue Mission in Richmond. Her volunteer activities meant the world to her. She was a dog lover, and her latest companion Heidi brought her great joy.
Martha was preceded in death by her parents, Charles, Wilhemina and Hannah, brother David Schlldwachter and her niece Laura Brohm. She is survived by her sister, Ann Brohm; niece Suzanne (Jim) Schoenfeld, and children Molly Savaiinaea (Isaac) and Erin Schoenfeld; nephew Martin (Marya) Brohm, and daughter Ella Brohm; niece Deborah (Kelby) Philips, and son Alexander Jordan (A.J.) Phillips; nephew David (Marisol) Schildwachter, and children David Schildwachter, Ashley Schildwachter, Christopher Schildwachter, and Frederick Schildwachter; and nephew Mark (Angela) and children Dean Schildwachter, Julia Schildwachter and Gabrielle Correia; and many cherished friends.
Martha will be laid to rest on May 26 at Rolling Hills Cemetery in Richmond in a private ceremony with the family. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers please consider donating in Martha’s name to the Bay Area Rescue Mission in Richmond, CA. Martha’s loving and generous spirit will be missed, but will be remembered lovingly by all those who knew and loved her.
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