Louise Rose Papania

February 2, 1932 ~ September 2, 2010

Louise R. Papania, 78, of Lake Charles died at 8:10 AM Thursday, September 02, 2010 in a local care facility.

Mrs. Papania was a native of Denver, Colorado and has lived in the Lake Charles area for most of her life. She first owned and operated Louise's Place before meeting and marrying her husband. She and her husband opened Papania's Restaurant in 1955 until 1990 making some of the finest Italian food in the lake area. Louise loved to cook and spend time with her family and friends. She spent many hours at the restaurant cooking for patrons that entered the restaurant.

She is survived by one son Frank Papania, Jr. of Lake Charles, one daughter Margaret Papania of Austin, TX, four grandchildren: Julian Papania, Landon Papania, Gabriel Roset, and Chappin Strunk.

Mrs. Papania is preceded in death by her husband Frank Papania, Sr. and one brother Lee Irby. She is also preceded in death by her parents, Rose and Dalton


Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM on Monday, September 6, 2010 in the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Monsignor Charles Dubois will officiate. Burial will be in Consolata Cemetery. Visitation will be on Monday from 11:00 AM until time of services.

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  1. Dear Frankie,When I met your Mother 15 years ago, I was not fortunate enough to have the memories of her being able to walk independently and be able to see how she ran the restaurant. But from all the stories that I have heard, Louise was a memory keeper. I loved my time with her and the many avenues that we went down to get through the health issues made me see what a strong woman she was. I was enlightened by her strength. I was amazed at her endurance. She was like a second built-in Mother to me and my memories with her are sacred to me because I have some that are unknown to most. Thank you for allowing me that time to have her selfishly to myself. Every day she affects my life and her smile and laughter are with me always! Love, Ginger

  2. Frankie T,Enjoyed working for your mother those many years..she was like a second Mom to my kids. Oochie Jamey got their first public relations experience at Papanias. She taught them alot of great values. She was beautiful and caring. I have nothing but beautiful memories of her. My heart goes out to you for your loss.

  3. Frankie, We are so sorry for the loss of your mother. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers as you all go through this most difficult time. Please don't hesitate to call us if you need anything.

  4. Frankie, We will always remember your mother's kindness to us. There were wonderful trips and times at her home. We are praying for you and your family. Ray and Denise Reynolds

  5. I Remember My Aunt Louise always greeting us at Papania's Resturant and telling us to help ourselves to anything and always bringing me the best Shirley Temple's in the World. You will be missed and loved by everyone in the family. I love you Frankie-T and want you to know you are in my prayers and your mother as well as your father were very gracious and loving people……Celeste

  6. My deepest condolences for the loss of your mother. She was like an Aunt to me growing up. She was one of the most talented ladies I have ever met in my life. She could do anything she put her mind to. From making Christmas candy , sewing a Wedding dress, to running one of the best restaurants in Lake Charles. She could do it all. My thoughts and prayers are with you Frankie T and Pumpkin. You had a wonderful mother.You both are in my thoughtsOochie

  7. My family was fortunate to have known Louise for many years. My parents were friends with Louise and Frankie. I had my high school graduation party at the Pizza House where my mother was a waitress and worked with both Louise and Frankie. I have many memories of being in the restaurants and eating wonderful foods at all of them. We send our prayers to all of you – we are grateful to have warm, special memories of Louise that will always be with us. Jerry, Sandy, Nancy, and Pat Daughtry.

  8. This Wednesday evening the McNeese Petrochem Athletic Boosters met and had a spaghetti supper. I acknowledged the cooks and told them that if I did not know better, I would have thought Louise Papania had cooked the spaghetti. She was a longtime friend of my parents. When I worked graveyard shift at sheriff's office, we would enter Papania's through the kitchen and Ms. Louise would insist we have some fresh breadsticks. I trust the family has many such fond memories.

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