Lawrence R. Bainer, Sr.
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1932 - 2018
Naugatuck, CT Lawrence R. Bainer, Sr., 86, husband for the past 65 years of Jeanne (Blazuk)
Bainer, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on December 9, 2018 in the VITAS
Innovative Care Unit at St. Mary’s Hospital.
Larry was born on April 28, 1932 in Waterbury, CT son of the late Lawrence E. and Estelle
(Kalinoski) Bainer and had lived in Naugatuck for the past 65 years. He was a proud U.S. Air
Force veteran of the Korean Conflict and was a member of the American Legion Post 17 for 31
years. Larry retired from Eyelamatic Manufacturing Co. after 35 years and then worked for the
Town of Woodbury for 18 years driving the senior bus; he also drove limousines for Expressway
In addition to his wife Jeanne, he is survived by his daughter, Susan Stupak; his sons, Lawrence
R. Bainer, Jr. and Thomas W. Bainer and his wife, Theresa; his grandchildren, Christopher
Stupak, Amelia Bainer, Aaron Bainer and Joshua Bainer; his sisters, Judy Nelson and her
companion, Peter Santarpia; Dianne Caruso and her husband, Ray; his sister-in-law Theresa
Bainer; his uncle, Raymond Kalinoski and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by
his brothers Richard Bainer and Frank Bainer and brother-in-law Bruce Nelson, Sr.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 11:00am at St. John of the Cross Church,
1263 West Street, Middlebury. Burial with military honors will follow in St. James Cemetery,
Naugatuck. Calling hours are Friday from 8:45am to 10:15am at the Buckmiller Thurston
Mengacci Funeral Home, 82 Fairview Avenue, Naugatuck. Members of the Naugatuck Veterans
Council will assemble at the funeral home Friday at 9:30am. In lieu of flowers and to honor
Larry’s memory, contributions can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road,
Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.