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Geraldine Ann Bainter, April 19, 1941 - January 29, 2020

Geraldine Ann Bainter
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Geraldine “Gerri” A. Bainter, age 78, of Eau Claire passed away on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems-Eau Claire.

Gerri was born on April 19, 1941 to Harvey and Hazel (Ewer) Bainter in Ladysmith, Wisconsin.

Geraldine was an active volunteer at HSHS-Sacred Heart Hospital and a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Eau Claire. She was served as a poll volunteer for many elections. She loved cutting hair and gave her time offering haircuts to residents at Grace Willowbrook and Care Partners- Country Terrace. She was known for sharing her love of baking and often gave away many baked goods.

She is survived by her daughter, Chandra James; sister, Pat Hetcheler; and five grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her son, Jack Layman, Jr.; her parents; her sisters, Marjorie Schwetz, Charlotte Rollins, and Shirley Parker; her brothers, Mike, Bobby, Delmar, and Larry Bainter.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff of Mayo Clinic Health Systems-Eau Claire for providing outstanding care to Gerri in her time of need. The family would also like to recognize the UW Organ & Tissue Donation Team for their generous support and kindness, for “sorrow turns to hope and a terrible loss becomes a gift.”

Memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. on Monday, February 10, 2020 at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 3307 State Street, Eau Claire, WI 54701. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at church. Private burial will take place at Lakeview Cemetery.

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Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.


  1. Gerald and Janice Zimmerman February 9, 2020

    She was a friend from St. Mark and will be sincerely missed. She was a very nice person and easy to talk with any time. We have known her for a long time. May she rest in peace.

  2. Sue Abboud February 9, 2020

    I am so sorry to hear about Gerri’s death. For years she was the beautician at Grace Barstow Apartments while I was the director. Gerri was very kind and served the residents with a loving heart. My deepest condolences to your family. She will be missed.
    Sue Abboud

  3. Norma Stanford Lund February 8, 2020

    My condolences go out to Gerri Ann's family. Gerri Ann (Maggi ) and I went to school together and lived neighbors to each other for a couple of years. Clara, Gerri Ann and I spent a lot of time together at that time. My sister Bonnetta married her brother Dell, keeping our families connected through the years. So sorry for your loss. Norma Stanford Lund... Chetek, WI

  4. Connie Smith February 8, 2020

    It was with sadness and shock that I heard of Gerri's death. It was an honor to have met her. I will miss her a lot at Grace Willowbrook. Sincerely, Connie Smith.

  5. Cindy & The City of Eau Claire election staff February 8, 2020

    Our deepest sympathy is extended. Geri was a dedicated poll worker and always took on the ever changing election laws with a smile on her face. We will definitely miss her!

  6. Clara Lou (Buswell) LaMarr February 1, 2020

    Today I found out I have lost the best girlfriend growing up that anyone could ever have. We had just got in close contact again this past December and as close as last week had talked about how we need to get time together soon again. The only thing I can think of that is positive now is to know she will once again be with her son, Jack and rest of the family that has gone onto heaven ahead of her. WE NEEDED MORE TIME........I will miss you forever, Gerri Ann / Maggie.