Lawrence J. Shortell, Sr., 93, carpenter, bus driver

Lawrence J. Shortell, Sr., of Wilton, died peacefully Aug. 15, 2012 at the CT Hospice in Branford. He was 93, the loving husband of Helen Morgan Shortell.

Mr. Shortell was born June 5, 1919 in Brooklyn, N.Y., son of the late Lawrence and Julia Kennedy Shortell. He was a retired carpenter, having worked for the NY Carpenter's Union and the CT Carpenter's Union. After his retirement he worked for several years as a school bus driver in Wilton. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during WW II, and was a life member of the Norwalk VFW.

Mr. Shortell loved his family, life and music. He enjoyed skiing and the outdoors and was a former member of the Conservation Corps.

In addition to his wife Helen, he is survived by his children Lawrence J. Shortell, Jr. of Wilton and Kathleen Bienapfl of Portland, Ore., his granddaughter Claire Bienapfl, several nieces and nephews including Michael and Larry Allen, and Roman Mrozinski. He was also predeceased by his siblings James Shortell, Agnes Campos and Margaret Pawloski.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, Aug. 21, 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Wilton. Burial with full military honors will follow at St. John Cemetery in Norwalk.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to Our Vision, 2 Dorchester Drive, Westport, 06880, or the American Diabetes Assoc., 306 Industrial Park Rd., Middletown, CT, 06457. To sign an online guest book, please go to