History & Staff

Family owned and operated, Venskunas Funeral Home was established 81 years ago by Anthony G. Venskunas and his father Anthony. Upon his Anthony G. Venskunas' death, his daughter Lorraine Venskunas-Bruemmer took over the business. Five years ago, she built a large new facility with all the conveniences, including a Children's Room. Both the family and the home are dedicated to integrity and professionalism.

Our History

Family owned and operated, Venskunas Funeral Home was established 81 years ago by Anthony G. Venskunas and his father Anthony. Upon his Anthony G. Venskunas' death, his daughter Lorraine Venskunas-Bruemmer took over the business. Five years ago, she built a large new facility with all the conveniences, including a Children's Room. Both the family and the home are dedicated to integrity and professionalism.

Lorraine Venskunas-Bruemmer was a licensed funeral director and registered nurse, graduating from St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing. She was born and brought up in the funeral business, and with her father's death, gave up her career as a nurse. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Columbia University and a Master of Science degree from the University of Hartford. As one of the first women in the funeral profession, she is in many editions of Who's Who of American Women. Lorraine says, "When you're younger, you somehow think your immortal life will never end. When you're a Funeral Director, the whole notion changes. The real reward is when families come back later and say, 'You made this terrible experience a little easer for us.'"

Her husband, Jay Porter Bruemmer, was the third generation in his family funeral business. His grandfather was Eugene Porter. As third generation with his wife, he assists in her business. He graduated from Dartmouth College.

Linda L. Sovak, daughter of Lorraine and Jay, is the fourth generation to be involved in the business. She was born and raised in the funeral profession, much like her mother. When she graduated from college, she worked her two year apprenticeship, then joined the family business. Linda also owns her own business, the Central Monument company.