Eleanor Warren, age 91, passed away April 8, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. Born April 13, 1927 in New York City to Ottis and Jeanette Chapman, Eleanor was a life-long resident of Edison, NJ. As a founding member and past President of the Clark Historical Society, she worked tirelessly to preserve and restore historic homes in the area, including the Robinson Plantation House. Where she was also a docent and cared for the herb garden. She was the driving force behind getting the Oak Ridge (golf course) estate in Clark, NJ on the National Register of Historic Places. This was a true passion of hers, as her grandmother was raised in that home many generations ago. She got to enjoy many walks and picnic lunches on the Oak Ridge grounds the last few years. She loved birdwatching and always kept birdfeeders in her yard and a pair of binoculars nearby. Gardening kept her happy and healthy her entire life. She was most proud of her Irises, but also loved daffodils, bleeding heart, lily of the valley and pansies. She rescued dozens of cats in her lifetime, and loved dearly every one that she kept. She was an avid naturalist that could identify any wildflower or tree on walks through the woods, which was one of her favorite past times. She loved reading, and always had a book in her hands. She loved music and her tastes ranged from Alice Cooper to Andre Rieu! She was a lifelong antique collector. She got that bug from her mother whom decorated their family home in Early American furnishings. The Chapman Cottage with the beehive oven was her dream home from the early age of 4 years old, when her mother first showed her the house they were moving to in the country. Her Fagan aunts and uncles were her childhood friends and teachers. Her Great Uncle Charlie, also a naturalist was her hero. And years later she got to visit the museum in Bandera Texas that housed his extensive collection of South American artifacts. She spent countless hours in her childhood playing cowboys with her neighborhood friend, Lawrence Goodwin. She had 2 ponies, Almetta and May that she loved, and rode every weekend to her beloved Fagan Farm in Colonia, to visit her Great Aunts and Uncles. She culled from them a wealth of family stories and history. And she passed this love on to her children, who continue with family genealogy and heirloom preservation. She loved attending weekend events at the Deutscher Club in the summer and fall, and would sing along to all the traditional songs. Purple was her favorite color, and anyone that knew her knew that fact. She was the loving mother to six children, Chris Baumle (Nancy), Michelle Bongard, Fred Baumle (Cathy), Peter Baumle, Adrienne Edwards (Bill).9 grandchildren Derek, Matthew, Colette, Lacey, Douglas, Deanna, Billy, Max, Julia. 5 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her first husband, Frederick A. Baumle, second husband, George Warren and a son, Michael. Her nine cats have all stayed together and are enjoying their retirement in the country. She will be dearly missed by the many people that she touched during her beautiful life. In lieu of flowers or donations, the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
Visitation Thursday April 11, 2019 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at the Gosselin Funeral Home 660 New Dover Road, Edison. Blessing Friday April 12, 2019 11:00am at the funeral home followed by interment at St Gertrude Cemetery, Colonia.