HIGHLAND, NY — Joseph Francis Ladue, "Joe", 89, of Highland, N.Y., peacefully passed away at home on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. Joe was born on Sept. 14, 1924, in Plattsburgh, N.Y., the son of J. Francis Ladue and Hannah Ryan Ladue. He was the grandson of Joseph Ladue who founded Dawson City during the Yukon Gold Rush of 1898.
Joe married Anita Poissant Ladue on May 3, 1947 at Sacred Heart Church in Chazy, N.Y. Childhood sweethearts, Joe knew from the 5th grade on that Anita was the girl for him. They attended Chazy Central Rural School and graduated together in 1942 at the top of their class, Anita as Valedictorian and Joseph as Salutatorian. During his school years he was active in the Boy Scouts of America, and he achieved their highest honor in 1942, Eagle Scout. Joe was extremely proud of this achievement, and even more so when 56 years later he attended the ceremony at which his grandson, Kevin Judge received his Eagle Scout award.
Joe graduated from Clarkson College of Technology in Potsdam, N.Y., with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and was a member of Tau Beta Pi, the National Honorary Engineering Society. He was a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers having served in the Pacific area.
He was an expert in the field of bookbinding machinery and worked at Sheridan Iron Works in Champlain, N.Y., before moving to Highland and taking the position of Manager of Engineering and Maintenance at Western Publishing Company in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. After Western closed, he worked at Hamilton Printing Company in Castleton, N.Y. Semi-retired he worked for the Town of Lloyd Building Department for a number of years.
Joe was an active communicant of St. Augustine's Parish serving as a Trustee, Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Bingo Chairman, member of the Holy Name Society and the Parish Council. He and his wife founded the "One More Time" Thrift Shop at St. Augustine, which over the years has helped to serve the needy in the community.
He was a member of American Legion Post 193 and the Knights of Columbus. He was also a past member of the Highland Board of Education.
In addition to Anita, his wife of 66 years, he is survived by his children, his daughter, Mary Jo Goth and her husband, Gary of Pleasant Valley, N.Y.; his son, Stanley J. Ladue and his wife, Debra of Kingston, N.Y.; his daughter, Lou Ann Judge and her husband, David of Highland, N.Y.; his daughter, Susan Ladue-Tong and her husband, Perry of Highland, N.Y.; his daughter, Joan Vercruse and her husband, Robert of Cold Spring, N.Y.; his daughter, Carol Doyle and her husband, Douglas of Ulster Park, N.Y.; his daughter, Christine Paine and her husband, Ronald of Highland, N.Y.; and his son, Michael Ladue and his wife, Jeannine of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
He is survived by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Johanna Goth Finegan, PhD., her husband, Timothy Finegan, PhD. and their daughters, Rachel and Hannah of Waynesville, Ohio; Karen Goth Cabarrus, M.D. and her husband, Brian Cabarrus, M.D. of Greenville, N.C.; Danielle Ladue and her daughter, Olivia of Kingston, N.Y.; Christopher Ladue of Elizaville, NY; Kevin Judge, PhD. and his wife, Kelley and their son, Aaron of Southington, Conn.; Sarah Judge Delfini, PharmD. and her husband, Anthony of Marlboro, N.Y.; Megan Doyle and Douglas Doyle of Ulster Park, N.Y.; Jeffrey Paine and Robin Paine of Highland, N.Y.; Michael Ladue of Delmar, N.Y.; and Nicholas, Caitlin, Thomas and Samantha Banney of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
He is also survived by his sister, Kathryn Ladue Baughn and her husband, Wes of Peru, N.Y., and his sister, Nancy Ladue Linney and her husband, William of Keene, N.H., and numerous nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, at Michael Torsone Memorial Funeral Home, Inc., 38 Main Street, Highland, NY, 12528. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 30, at St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church in Highland, N.Y., with interment to follow at Union Cemetery of Lloyd in Highland.
The family would like to thank the VA Homecare System and Hospice of Dutchess and Ulster County for their care of Joe and support to his family. The Ladue Family would like to thank the St. Augustine Family especially Father Thomas Lutz and our devoted friend Deacon Frank Ottaviano for their comfort and kindness.
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