Thomas F. Ladka

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  • Thomas F. Ladka

Dad, no words can describe the impact you’ve had on everyone’s lives you ever met. To us you were a hero, a teacher and a loving father.

But most importantly you’ve shaped us into the men we are today. You were a wise, supportive and loving father and grandfather. You were there for everyone, when we needed you. Mom has been waiting for you at Heaven’s doors and now you are “Together Forever.”

Thomas F. Ladka was called by our Lord Jesus to eternal paradise on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him. He was the pillar of the family. He was a devoted father, beloved brother, cherished grandfather and loving uncle. Family meant the world to him.

He was born on Oct. 10, 1938, to Thomas and Elizabeth Ladka.

Thomas is survived by his four sons: Michael and his wife Kimberly of Waxhaw, N.C., Russell and his wife Joann of Walden, Thomas and his wife Terri of Marshfield, Mass., Matthew and his wife Charlotte of Monroe and the “fifth son” Jay Klahn and his wife Nancy of Harriman; and his brother Charles Ladka and family of Monroe.

Also by his cherished grandchildren: Matthew, Ashley, Michael Jr., Thomas III, Kellsey, Troy, Timmy, Craig, Christopher, Kelly Elaine, Katelin, Matthew, Thomas, Amber, Kyle, Cole, Meagan, Nicole and Madison; along with his sister in-law Marilyn Callan, and nieces Theresa Petrakis and Kathleen Witte, and their families.

He was pre-deceased by his wife Elaine on April 3, 2013, and his sister Kordella.

He served in The United States Navy as a Quartermaster on USS Hazelwood and was on the Naval Color Guard for the President in Washington, D.C.

He was a 33-year employee of the New York City Fire Department who worked his way up the ranks to retire as a captain.

He was also Past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Council 2079 and a Charter Member 4th Degree Knight of the John Cardinal O’Connor Assembly 2640 in Monroe.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, Jan. 26, at 11 a.m. at St. Anastasia R.C. Church, located at 21 North Main St., Monroe. The Rev. Michael Keane will be officiating.

Burial will follow at St. Anastasia R.C. Church Cemetery in Harriman.

Memorial contributions in Thomas F. Ladka’s memory to Community Therapeutic Day School, 187 Spring Street, Lexington, MA 02421 or online donation to:, click – donate Now/Network for Good, would be appreciated by the family.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Thomas F. Flynn and the staff of Flynn Funeral & Cremation Memorial Centers, Inc. For more information or to offer an online memorial, please visit

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