Lawrence Anton Eisinger – Shelburne

Lawrence Anton Eisinger, loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and inspiration to many, left this earth on March 11, 2013. We hold him forever in our hearts. Larry was a person of extraordinary energy, optimism, and kindness. He was born the son of Hungarian immigrants on Oct. 12, 1919, and raised in Staten Island, N.Y. He served as a training officer in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. After the war, he became the science editor of Mechanix Illustrated and later joined Fawcett Publications, rising to the position of editor-in-chief. He spearheaded the national “Do-It-Yourself” movement through the creation of Mechanix Illustrated Do-It-Yourself Encyclopedia and the Practical Handyman’s Encyclopedia. He was the author or editor of over 600 how-to-books, including “How to Build and Contract Your Own Home,” which chronicled the story of how he built the home that housed his growing family. In his later career, he became a syndicated newspaper columnist and shared his knowledge through his Home Repair Workshop website. A loving father of three, Larry advised and parented countless others who sought his counsel. He had a unique capacity to seek solutions and was frequently heard to say “No problem!” He was a man of many talents, amazing energy, and huge heart. He will be deeply missed. Larry was the son of the late Marie Albert and Anton Eisinger. He was predeceased by Frances, his beloved bride of 45 years. Those who survive and mourn his loss include daughter, Boni Heleen and her husband, Howard, of Massachusetts; son, Lawrence “Jay” and his wife, Amy, of Minnesota; and daughter, Maj and husband, John Searles of Vermont. Life was made complete with four grandchildren, Brian Heleen, Kevin Heleen and wife, Tenley, of Massachusetts, Cody Searles, and Sienna Searles of Vermont; and new great-grandchild, Cameron Michael Heleen of Massachusetts. Larry is also survived by his dear sisters, Ethel Geigel and her husband, Ted, and Liz Geigel; his much loved friend and cousin, Lance Eisinger and his wife Barbara; as well as many fine nieces, nephews, and dear friends. Our deepest thanks to the many Fletcher Allen Health Care professionals who cared for him with wisdom and grace: Drs. Holmes, McVeigh and Ayer; JoAnn Nielsen RN; and the Angels of the PPR Unit who include Dianna Palmer RN, Lisa Kelley RN, Lisa Johnson RN, Lorie Marriott RN, Elsie Charrone Whitney RN and Cindy Leclaire. The loving caregivers from Home Instead and the Vermont Respite House in Williston brought peace to his final days; we as a family are so very grateful. Arrangements will be private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Lane, Williston; or to the charity of one’s choice.

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