Obituary of Eleanor Bogert
Eleanor Bogert (nee Stockton), of the Pompton Plains section of Pequannock Township NJ, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 25, 2018 at the age of 99. She was born in Queens, NY, daughter of the late Ernest and Catherine Stockton. Her family moved to Pequannock Township in 1935 after losing their home during the Depression. There, she met Charles Bogert, who she married in 1940. They had three children, Lynn Bogert Paxton, Jean Bowen (nee Bogert) and Ray Bogert. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles, her daughter, Lynn, her son, Ray and her brother, Frank Stockton. She is survived by her daughter, Jean Bowen, son-in-law, Richard Bowen, grandsons Scott and Karl Paxton, great granddaughter Katherine Paxton and great grandson, Todd Paxton.
In 1951, Eleanor and Charlie fell in love with, and purchased, a historic Dutch colonial home known as the Martin Berry House, named for the man who built it about 1720. The house was noteworthy for being largely unchanged since its construction as well as the second-oldest house in the township. Together, for over 35 years, they restored the house and made plans to have it someday purchased and preserved by Pequannock Township.
Eleanor carried on the restoration work after Charlie died in 1987, and only moved out last year after the purchase of the house was assured. Eleanor and Charlie did the township, and the public, an enormous service, and we honor their memories.
The Martin Berry House was part of the Library of Congress Historic American Building Survey in the 1930s, having been selected for "possessing exceptional architectural interest and as being worthy of most careful preservation for the benefit of future generations." Thanks to the Bogerts' efforts, in 1972 it received the Landmark Award given by the New Jersey Historical Society. In 1973 the homestead was entered on both the State and National Register of Historic Places.
Eleanor was very active in the Morris County preservation community for several decades. She was, at various times, a member and/or officer of the North Jersey Highlands Historical Society, a Trustee of the Morris County Historical Society, a member of the Pequannock Township Historic District Preservation Commission, a member of the Morris County Historic Preservation Board, and a founding member of the Morris County Trust for Historic Preservation. As if that wasn't enough, she also was a founding member of the original Pequannock Township Historical Society (circa 1960).
She was a tireless researcher as well as a prolific writer who authored a large number of articles about the history of the area, and about the historic homes in Pequannock. She had also, of course, done extensive research on the history and evolution of the Martin Berry House, and of the families which lived there.
During her decades in the house, she welcomed untold numbers of students, Boy and Girl Scouts, and others for tours of the home, and would tell her visitors about life in the time of the early Berry residents. She also offered a slide show which she called "This Wondrous Valley."
Eleanor was always gracious to friends and strangers alike, and was often described by her many friends, throughout Pequannock Township and elsewhere, as a generous and thoughtful person. She will be sorely missed.
A memorial service is planned for Saturday, December 1 at 12 noon at her home of over 60 years, the Martin Berry House. Visitors should park at Stefano's Restaurant, 569 Route 23, Pompton Plains NJ and follow the meadow path to the house, or park behind the house on Cedar Road. The driveway is reserved for handicapped parking.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Eleanor's memory can be made to Pequannock Twp. Historical Society, PO Box 242, Pompton Plains, NJ 07444.
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