Plainfield Garden Club

Member: Gonder, Mrs. Richard P. (Mary Ann Wyckoff) '88

1989 - 1990 Address: 940 Oakwood Place, Plainfield

June 2011: An invitation to Shakespeare-in-Bloom was delivered to 940 Oakwood

1988 - 1998: Active
1999 - 2004: Sustaining

May be related to the following PGC Member:

Brower, Mrs. Henry Wyckoff (Euphemia Bakewell) '38

1995 Flower Show at the Frelinghuysen, Morristown

Mary Ann Gonder and Bernice Swain

Obituary MaryAnn Wyckoff Gonder

GONDER, MaryAnn Wyckoff
September 12, 2008
GONDER, MaryAnn Wyckoff

MaryAnn Wyckoff Gonder, 88, passed away September 9, 2008 in Tampa, FL. She was born in Seattle, Washington on September 17, 1919. MaryAnn was the daughter of Halsey and Irene Wyckoff and raised in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Mary Ann graduated from St. Margaret's school in Waterbury, CT in 1937 and Hood College in Frederick, Maryland in 1941 with a BA in English. She married Richard Gonder in 1942 and moved to Plainfield, N.J. where they raised their three daughters. Mary Ann was predeceased by her husband who passed away in August 2007. Her three surviving daughters include Ann Crocker and her husband Sam of Redding, Sarah Brendal and her husband, Tom, of So. Glastonbury, and Mary Robinson and her husband John of Lutz, FL. She also leaves her grandson Andrew Crocker and his wife Angela of Sudbury, MA. and granddaughter Elizabeth (Wizzie) Phelps and her husband Gus of Boston, MA., and three great grandchildren, Kate Crocker, Samuel Crocker and Hope Phelps. She was predeceased by her sister Irene (Polly) Gustafson. Mary Ann was a long time member of Grace Church in Plainfield where she served on the Altar Guild. She also was a member of the Junior League of Plainfield, the Garden Club of America and a long standing member of the Plainfield Country Club. Mary Ann had many interests in life; she was an artist as well as an accomplished golf and tennis player.

January 21, 1998

The Plainfield Garden Club January 21, 1998
Photo sent in by Diana Madsen. She wrote, "This is a picture of the PGC when I was president (1996-1998). It was taken at a joint meeting with the Garden Club of the Oranges at Orange Lawn Tennis Club." January 21, 1998

Back Row, left to right:
Maryann Gonder, Jeanne Turner, Toddy Pond, Elisabeth Loizeaux, Joan Vivian, Jane Burner, Tucker Trimble, Nina Weil, Carroll Keating

Second Row, left to right:
Bernice Swain, Jane Craig, Evie Madsen, Barbara Lang, Mary Kent

Seated, left to right:
Sally Kroll, Meechy Loosli, Betty Hackman, Anne Wigton, Martie Samek, Sally Booth

Front Row, left to right:
Barbara Peek, Diana Madsen

From the Corresponding Secretary file

Mrs. Richard P. Gonder
940 Oakwood Place
Plainfield, NJ 07060

Nov. 19, '99

Dear Tucker

I am writing you to ask if I may become a sustaining member I feel between my age and the fact that we are away all winter that it would be the better thing to do

I hope I am doing this the proper way by writing you


Mary Ann

January 12, 1961 Westfield Leader

Junior League
Group Meetings

Members of the Junior League of Plainfield held their annual
group meetings yesterday. Each January they meet. in small discussion
groups in members' homes.

Among the items on yesterday's agenda were the 1961-62 budget and possible money-raising activities for the coming year. Members brought to the discussions brochures prepared by the league ways and means committee outlining the various combinations of projects under consideration, Actual voting on the projects will be held at the Feb. 1 meeting.

Hostesses for yesterday's meetings were Mesdames George T.
Fischer, Richard P. Gonder, Asger F. Langlykke, David F. Sanders
and Edward W. Snowdon, all of Plainfield. Arrangements for the
group meetings were made by Mrs. H. Hunter Craig Jr., hostess chairman.

September 22, 1999 Meeting Attendance Sign In

December 14, 2011

Hillside Cemetery

Hood College In Memoriam

April 24 - May 30, 1988 Cedar Brook Farm Designer Showhouse

Many PGC members were also members of the Muhlenberg Auxiliary that staged amazing designer homes in Plainfield in an effort to raise money for the hospital.

In 1988, the designer showcased home was Cedar Brook Farm which had also been the home of a PGC member, Mrs. Robert F. (Carolyn Waring) MacLeod '55, PGC President 1958 - 1960

To see the progam and learn the history of the house, click these links:

1988 Cedar Brook Farm Designer Showcase Program Cover to Page 25

1988 Cedar Brook Farm Designer Showcase Program Pages 26 to 50

1988 Cedar Brook Farm Designer Showcase Program Pages 51 to 75

1988 Cedar Brook Farm Designer Showcase Program Pages 76 to End

1974 Junior League Designer Showcase: The Martine House

1974 Designer Showcase Martine House Cover to Page 25

1974 Designer Showcase Martine House Page 26 to End

In addition to saving the 1988 Program for the Designers Showhouse of Cedar Brook Farm (aka The Martine House) which was organized by the Muhlenberg Auxiliary, PGC Member Anne Shepherd also kept the 1974 Designers Showcase of the very same home, organized by the Junior League.

Within the program pages, you will find mentioned many PGC members. They include: Clawson, MacLeod, Kroll, Davis, Wyckoff, Stevens, Loizeaux, Swain, Hunziker, Connell, Foster, Dunbar, Elliott, Fitzpatrick, Gaston, Hackman, Holman, Lockwood, Morrison, Royes, Rushmore, Sanders, Williams, Barnhart, Bellows, Burger, Burner, Carter, Clendenin, DeHart, Detwiller, Eaton, Eckert, Fort, Frost, Gonder, Keating, Laidlaw, Loosli, Madsen, Mann, Marshall, Miller, Moody, Moon, Morse, Murray, Mygatt, Barrett, Peek, Perkins, Pfefferkorn, Pomeroy, Pond, Royes, Samek, Sandford, Sheble, Stevens, Shepherd, Stewart, Stout, Trewin, Vivian, Zeller, Cochran, Mooney and Hall.

New York Times October 13, 1895

New York Times October 13, 1895


Entertainment by the Dorcas Society – Monday Afternoon Club

PLAINFIELD, N.J., Oct. 12 – A social event of the last week was the entertainment given by the Dorcas Society, King's Daughters, at the home of Miss Maude Lowrie, in Park Avenue, Monday evening. It was titled "The Circulating Library," and was given for the purpose of raising funds for the benefit of the poor of the city. The guests on arriving were given a blank catalogue, with only numbers on it, and they were to guess the titles of books represented. The Reception Committee was composed of Miss Bowers, Miss Brown, Miss Lowrie and Miss Langdon. Those presiding at the talbes were Mrs. Crane and Miss Wyckoff, assisted by Mrs. Clark, Mrs. C. T. Pond, Miss Minnie French, Miss Green, Miss Ella Blish, and Miss Maltly. In the library were Miss Crane, Miss Cornwell, Miss Lou French, Miss Millie Landgon, Miss Etta BLish, Miss Alice Hayners, Miss Bessie Titsworth, and Miss Kline.

S.E. Hull of Duer Street has returned from Broadway, where he spent the Summer.

The Monday Afternoon Club, Plainfield's leading woman's club, held it sifrst meeting of the Fall. On account of repairs being made at the Casino or the Union County Country Club, where the meeings are usually held, the ladies gathered in the parlors of the Congregational Church. The subject upon which papers are to be read for the coming year is "Some Great Florentines and Their Times." Two papers were read Monday – one by Mrs. Josiah Brown and the other by Mrs. Robert Lowry. Next month the paper will be read by Miss Kenyon, Principal of the Young Ladies' Seminary.

H. M. Stevens of Fanwood gave a reception at the Fanwood Clubhouse Friday evening.

Miss Nellie Saums of Ricefiled is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. R. V. Saums of Clinton Avenue.

George Barton has returned to Keyport after a visit with Mrs. Barton of Madison Avenue.

Edward Hooley of Rockview Avenue has gone to Atlanta.

The Rev. E. L. Hyde of Hyde Park, Mass., is visiting friends in Plainfield.

The Misses Anthony of Crescent Avenue have returned from Europe.

Miss Bessie Booker of Richmond, Va., has been visitng Miss Dryden of West Seventh Street.

James Smith of Elmwood Place has returned from Amesbury, Mass.

Miss May Haberle, who has been visitng her cousin, Miss Lillie Haberle, has returned to her home in Orange.

Miss Mary Ryder of Brooklyn, who has been visiting at the home of Robert Lucky of Fifth Street, has returned home.

Charles L. Case and family of Central Avenue returned this week from their European trip.

Miss Lydia Duffert of Morris County is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Van Dyke of East Front Street.

Mr. and Mrs. John Burnett of Brookyln have been visiting Mr. and Mrs. Charles Doane of Fifth Street.

Charles Potter of West Seventh Street has returned from Philadelphia.

Mrs. Florence Howe Hall of Madison Avenue is in Massachusetts delivering a course of lectures.

Miss Mary and Miss Grace Shreve of New York are guests of B. J. Shreve of Grove Street.

Miss Agnes Baldwin of Brooklyn is the guest of Miss Haviland of Washington Park.

Benjamin Terry of Bridgeport is the guest of the Misses Livergey of Park Avenue.

Thomas H. Keller of East Front Street left this week for a trip South.

C. C. Burke and family have left for their Winter home in New York, after spending the Summer at the cottage on Ravine Road Netherwood.

William Tyler of West Eigth Street has gone to Europe.

David Krymer of West Second Street has gone to Baltimore.

Dr. Frank Searles and Mrs. Searles have returned to Bayonne, after a visit with Dr. and Mrs. H. H. Lourie of Park Avenue.

Dr. John H. Carman and fmaily of Somerset Street returned this week from the Adirondacks.

Dr. B. Van D. Hedges of Watchung Avenue is home from his outing in Maine.

Miss Caroline Fitz Randolph, daughter of ex-Mayor L. V. F. Randolph of East Front Street, sailed Saturday for Europe.

June 5, 2002

Ann Wigton, Mary Ann Gonder

Background: Phyllis Alexander and Evie Madsen

June 5, 2002

?, Tucker Trimble, Peg Tyler, Bernice Swain, Mary Kent, Ann Wigton and Mary Ann Gonder

October thru December 1999 Board Meeting Minutes

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1928 Plainfield City Directory

1996-1997 PGC Annual Report

1995-1996 Year Book of the Plainfield Garden Club

1993-1994 Year Book of the Plainfield Garden Club

1992-1993 Year Book for the Plainfield Garden Club

1995-1996 Annual Report