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Tuesday September 21st, 2021
2:00pm - 4:00pm

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Roscoe Location
Tuesday September 21st, 2021
6:00pm - 8:00pm

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St. Peters Catholic Church
Wednesday September 22nd, 2021

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Lawrence R. Papini

We mournfully announce the passing of Lawrence R. Papini, 87, of Roscoe, Pennsylvania. He was born April 5, 1934 and died September 13, 2021. He was the son of the late Ray and Ida (Benedict) Papini. His father emigrated from Italy in 1912, and his mother was first-generation Benedict from Brownsville. Larry was the loving husband of Jessie Lou (Petrick) Papini of Roscoe for 65 years who was his high school sweetheart.

Larry graduated from California Community High School in 1952. Before receiving his high school diploma, Larry established himself as one of the best all-around scholastic athletes in California. He earned honorable mention on the 1951 Associated Press All State football team. As a basketball player, he was named to the 1951-52 All Section 5-A first team. In baseball, he was recommended to play in the Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph All-Star Game. In 1951, he was one of three area players chosen by Major League scouts to play in the All-West American Legion Game at Forbes Field. In 2013, Larry was inducted into the Mid Mon Valley Sports Hall of Fame.

He continued his basketball and baseball career at California State Teachers College. Larry had been sought by several major league clubs including the Pirates, Dodgers, and Reds. He signed with the Boston Red Sox and was sent to the Bluefield, West Virginia team in the class D Appalachain League. By turning pro; he gave up his amateur status and went on to complete his education, at California State Teachers College.

Larry began his career in education as a mathematics teacher at California Community High School in 1956 where he served as a coach in football, baseball, and basketball (boys and girls). He taught for 41 years and retired in 1997.

Larry was active in his community and served as Roscoe council member. He was a long-time member of the former St. Joseph Catholic Church of Roscoe and recently attended mass at St. Peters Catholic Church of Brownsville.

Larry was the oldest of his siblings, Joyce Huffman (Bob) of Williamsburg, VA, and Kenny Papini (Dianna) of Rockville, MD. The Papini's were the parents of five children, USA Col. ret. Larry Papini Jr. (Marsha), of California; USA MSgt. ret. Jay Papini (Jean) of Somerset; Jan Papini-Sckena, of Centerville, and Jodi Lien (Pat) of Winter Garden, Florida, USAF Maj. ret. Jennifer Lukas (Mike), of Rostraver. Larry loved his eleven grandchildren; Melynda (Joe) Girdwood, Dr. Sarah and Jacob Sckena, Dr. Jamie Rae and Anthony Papini, LT. Patrick (Jill), Connor (Jenn) and Jessica Lien, Larry and Gabriella Papini, and Wyatt Lukas, and adored his four great grandchildren; Joseph, Zander, Xavier, and Jordyn Rae. Larry also had many nieces and nephews that he truly cherished.

A gathering of family and friends will be held on Tuesday, September 21, from 2 to 4 & 6 to 8pm in the Melenyzer Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Inc., 1008 Furlong Ave. Roscoe. A mass will be held at St. Peters Catholic Church in Brownsville on Wednesday the 22nd, at 10am. Everyone is to meet at church.


He was a great teacher and someone you could go to for advice and help. A class act.

James Miklasevich Sep 27 2021 3:27 PM

Deepest sympathy to the Papini family. Mr Papini was a lovely man. Would have never made it through Algebra II without him. He had a great combination of humor and integrity. So very sorry for your loss.

Rebecca Lewis Caruso Sep 23 2021 9:48 AM

My 9th grade homeroom teacher, he gave us discipline(that we needed,) he was firm but fair and we had unquestionable respect for him!!!
Plus he allowed us to have a great HR Christmas party,(thanks Mr. Papini !!!)
In later years, as an adult, he always had a smile & a good word for me...
REST IN PEACE, Mr. Papini !!!
Bob Harris (Class of 1960)

Robert T Harris Sep 22 2021 3:54 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Lawrence Papini

Bob & Mary Jo Harris Sep 22 2021 3:33 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Lawrence Papini

Carol (Wargo) Mosher Sep 22 2021 9:46 AM

Mr. Papini was an awesome coach and teacher but more so an AWESOME person. Prayers for his loving family at this difficult time. May you Rest In Paradise Coach!!!

Valerie Irwin Sep 22 2021 7:57 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Lawrence Papini

Valerie Irwin Sep 22 2021 7:55 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Lawrence Papini

Kathleen Lutes Sep 21 2021 3:30 PM

Mr. Papini taught sixth grade for a few years at Bentleyville Elementary School. When I was in 3rd grade, my mom, sister, and I had tickets to see the Beatles at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, but the concert was on a weekday evening, and I had to leave school early. My mom had to ask Mr. Papini, who was acting principal, I believe, and he was reluctant to do so, but ultimately did give his permission. Besides, I was 8 years old-what was I going to miss? Haha!!! I'll never forget that day at school, and of course the concert, which I could hardly hear for the screaming. I didn't have him for a teacher-he left before I got to sixth grade, but I always heard he was very strict. But, reading his obituary made me realize how well-loved he was as a family man, and a teacher. How your perception of someone can change nearly 60 years later! Please accept my deepest sympathy upon his passing. I know you must miss him more than words can say.

A 1960’s student at Bent Elem Sep 21 2021 1:21 PM

A true friend of our family throughout my life. So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with the Papini family during this time.

Kenneth Klein and family Sep 21 2021 1:18 PM

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