Obituary: Noyon Berg, 98, worked to establish Holbrook-Palmer Park


Obituaries are based on information provided by families.

Noyon Estelle Blanchard Berg, who had lived in Atherton for 39 years and Menlo Park for 27 years, died on June 12 at the age of 98.

Her parents, Gaylan and Edna Blanchard, named her after a small village near Paris they had read about in the New York Times, family members say. "How appropriate that that name would so reflect the uniqueness of the person that she became," son Jonathan Berg said.

Noyon grew up in San Francisco's Pacific Heights. She was a graduate of the Katherine Delmar Burke School for girls, Galileo High School and Mills College. She married Daniel Emanuel Berg in 1942.

The family moved to Atherton in 1950, where she was active in a wide range of civic activities including, with her husband, Daniel, helping to establish Atherton's Holbrook-Palmer Park.

A founder of the Mid- Peninsula League of the San Francisco Symphony, she volunteered for many years with the Peninsula Family Service and the Committee for Art at Stanford. In her 80s, she tutored students from East Palo Alto. She was a longtime member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Menlo Park.

Family members say she referred to herself as "a late-blooming grandmother," and took special delight in spending time with, and following the lives of, her three grandchildren.

She is survived by son Jonathan Berg and his wife Susan of New York City, daughter-in-law Robin Critelli of Marin County, sister Jere Wadsworth of LaMirada, three grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Husband Daniel Berg died in 1980, son Stephen Berg in 2009 and sister Ruth Morrison (owner of Ruth B. Sherman Interiors in Menlo Park) in 2014.

Click here to see the family's Lasting Memories posting and leave remembrances.

See related story based on remembrances of son Jonathan Berg.

Related story: Remembering the Atherton of his youth.

— Barbara Wood


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