September 23, 1925 ~ August 4, 2019

Born in: Queens, New York
Resided in: Denver, Colorado

Lawrence Peter Corsa, 93, of Denver Colorado, passed away on August 4, 2019, surrounded by family. Lonnie as he was called by his family and Larry by his friends was preceded in death by brothers Preston and John and sisters Virginia and Catherine. Surviving Larry is his wife of 70 years Rose Mary (Barone) Corsa, his sister Charlotte, son Preston Corsa and his spouse Ki and her children Daniel and Mathew, daughter Dianne Dwyer, and her spouse Patrick and grandchildren Daniel, Sean and Megan.

Larry was born to Lawrence & Sophia (Johnson) Corsa on September 23, 1925 in Queens New York.  During WWII Larry served in the U.S. Army Air Force stationed in Cuba and later Colorado. After the war he stayed in Colorado and earned both a Bachelor and master’s degree in education from Northern Colorado University. It was at UNC where he met the love of his life Rose Mary.

Larry spent his entire career in education. Initially as a history teacher, followed by various administrative positions such as principal at Lake Junior High School and principal at George Washington High School in Denver, and concluded his career supporting Denver Public Schools.

Larry continued to help others in his retirement years in several ways.  Larry facilitated the creation of “Denver Public School Retired Employees’ Scholarship Fund”. The DPSREA is a philanthropic expression of Denver Public School Retired Employees’ members continued interest in and concern for the students of Denver Public Schools. This merit-based scholarship grew from its beginnings in 1996 when it awarded two $1,000 scholarships to eleven $10,000 scholarships to the class of 2018. Larry was honored for his leadership by the DPSREA, by naming one of the annual scholarships in perpetuity in his honor. Additionally, Larry made regular donations to charitable funds.

“Larry was known for his love of the Denver Broncos. During football season he would make sure his “snacks” were ready so that he and Rosemary could watch the Bronco’s uninterrupted. An avid fan, his one wish was to see his Bronco’s win the Super Bowl – which was realized 3 times in his life.”

 The visitation will be held on Sunday, August 11, 2019 at 11 A.M. followed by a memorial service at 1 P.M. at Horan and McConaty Funeral Service 5303 E. County Line Road, Centennial, CO. A private burial will take place at Ft. Logan.

The family wishes that people make donations in memorial of Lawrence Corsa in support of Denver Public Schools Retired Employees’ Scholarship Fund. Donations should be payable to: DPSRE Scholarship Foundation. Mail to Julia Kamura, Treasurer 1781 South Valentine Way, Lakewood CO 80228-3944.


Visitation: August 11, 2019 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Horan & McConaty - South Metro/Centennial
5303 E County Line Rd
Centennial, CO 80122

Room: Family Chapel

Memorial Service: August 11, 2019 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Horan & McConaty - South Metro/Centennial
5303 E County Line Rd
Centennial, CO 80122

Room: Family Chapel

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Memories Timeline


  1. Dad, you were a loving father, father-in-law and grandfather to our family. Your example on how to live a caring and pay it forward life was an inspiration to us all. You are missed.

  2. My father was a professor at what was then Colorado State College of Education–now UNC–and Lonnie lived with us for a time when he was studying at the college. He was a good friend and my family was delighted to be invited to attend his wedding. I remember that very joyous occasion and am so happy to hear of his lifelong dedication to education.
    Ann Lindou Jones

  3. Larry Corsa was one of my ten principals at GWHS and a very good and decent man. He was always available, always smiling and pleasant, and his memory leaves me with a smile but a sad heart. My condolences to his family.

  4. He served as my principal at George Washington and we remained friends during our time on the DPSREA Scholarship Foundation. I will miss seeing him.

  5. I remember Mr. Corsa as the sponsor of our girls’ bowling club at Lincoln High School. He instilled in us a love of the sport, of always improving and enjoying life! Thank you, Mr. Corsa!

  6. Mr. Corsa was a mentor for me during two periods of my life–in the IBM room at Abraham Lincoln High School (1963-1965) and when I first started my teaching career in Denver Public Schools (mid 1980s)–which made such a difference in my life’s journey. He was always interested in doing what promoted the personal growth of all of us “ladies” in the IBM room. When we weren’t pulling IBM cards for the schedules for over 3,000 students or marking grades on other IBM cards, we were expected to use our time to study and to get good grades. He choose each of us and reminded us that we needed to reflect well on him and to study to keep our grades in his acceptable range. I was so sad to learn of his death in the DPS email magazine, since he seemed to be nearly immortal. Most of us can number, usually on one hand, those teachers/educators who made either a positive or negative impression, and he was one of those to make a lasting positive impression on me. He is sadly missed. I shall be donating to his scholarship fund, so others can gain a higher education due to his dedication and belief that education is what helps one to achieve more.

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