Julia "Julie" Reardon Ladet

Wednesday, December 16, 1925 - Sunday, May 5, 2024

A Lady of Faith and Love for Family

Photo of Julia "Julie" Reardon Ladet  - 1925-2024

"Old age is not for sissies" was a favorite saying of Julia "Julie" Roberta Reardon Ladet. Julie was no sissy. She was one strong and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother. She earned the name Nana and was proud of it. Julie left this world on Sunday, May 5, 2024, at the age of 98 surrounded by her family in their log cabin in the mountains of Bethel/Canton, North Carolina which was built by her husband, family, and close friends.

Julia was born December 16, 1925, in Washington, DC to the late Edmund Reardon and the late Julia Costello Reardon. She grew up in Belmont, Massachusetts, and married the love of her life, Tom. He then gave her the name Julie as Julia was her family name. She and Tom raised their children in Miami and instilled the love of family and faith in them. They were instrumental in Marriage Encounter in South Florida and made lifelong friends. They retired in Haywood County and spent the last 50 years making this their home. She and her late husband Tom would spend time exercising at the Haywood Regional Fitness Center, attending plays at Hart Theatre, and enjoying the mountain life. Julie was a kind and giving person who made friends wherever she went. In her younger years, she loved to sew and was an accomplished seamstress. She often sewed for family and friends. In later years, Julie discovered the Cricut and enjoyed gifting shirts, mugs, and plaques to friends and family. In her quiet moments, she enjoyed reading, making her way through countless books and stories.

Julia/Julie, the family matriarch, was a woman of strong faith and selfless love for her family. A loving wife and an amazing mother of nine children, 16 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren, she cherished family above all else. Julie spent a lifetime devoted to her children and always shared her faith, her love, her wisdom, and her wit with each one. When anyone asked how she was doing, she would say "A little squirrely but still climbing the tree." She had a quick wit and always smiling on the inside. She was and will remain a guiding light to her family. 

Julia's life was guided by faith. She started her every day with scripture readings and prayers. She was an active member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Canton where she served as a eucharistic minister. A beloved member of her congregation, she sat in the same pew every Sunday with her late husband Tom at her side. Julie deeply loved her church family and was deeply loved in return by her friends in the congregation. She was a blessing in many lives and will be greatly missed. Julie's precious memory will be forever a legacy in our lives and she will be missed each and every day.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her loving husband of 71 ½ years, Thomas “Tom” Ladet who passed away in 2020; her sons, T.J., Shaun, and Paul Ladet; 2 brothers and 1 sister.

Surviving are her children, Mary Catlette (Bill) of Collierville, TN, David Ladet (Jean) of Lavinia, GA, Julie Baiardi (Fred) of Oak Ridge, NC, John Ladet of Las Vegas, NV, William Ladet (Betty Wright) of Las Vegas, NV and Beth Irvine (Darryl) of Las Vegas, NV; 16 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren; and many dear friends.

A funeral mass to honor the life of  Mrs. Ladet will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, May 25, 2024, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Canton. Father Paul McNulty will be officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Canton. Grandsons will be honored pallbearers.  The family will be receiving friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Friday evening at Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mrs. Ladet’s memory to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, c/o St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 234 Church Street, Waynesville, NC 28786 or St. Joseph Academy, 175 State Road 1305, Maggie Valley, NC 28751.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is deeply honored to be caring for the Ladet family.    


Condolences from family and friends

So very sorry for your loss. We visited often and Julia was always very kind and friendly
Patricia Portigiano
Accepting me completely as her daughter, Mary's husband, Julia was my Mother-in-Law for 51 years. There has never been a kinder, more loving, and considerate person in my life. (I still want to know what prayer she said that miraculously got me thru a calculus final exam in college.) On this Mothers Day, I join each member of the extended Ladet family in wonderful memories of one of the world's greatest Moms. Godspeed, Julia.
Bill Catette
My condolences to your family . She was a beautiful lady with a beautiful soul
Joe Impallomeni
I never met Julia but just reading about her,she was truly an amazing person. Her family and friends were truly Blessed to have had her in their lives. My most Sincerest Sympathy to all the family and friends.
Barbara Fucello
My deepest condolences to the entire Ladet clan. Especially to Julue & Beth. Mrs. Ladet was a warm, loving presence through most of my life. Her sense of humor and deep compassion when looking at the ups & down of life will stay forever in my memory. I’m grateful to have known her for so long. She remains an inspiration for living with live & faith.
Mary Muszynski
It isn't easy getting older. Nana always said old age isn't for sissies and boy is she right. I know you were ready to be with the Lord and to be back with Tom. What a beautiful reunion that must have been. you and Tom have been the safe place for so many people. You have taught me faith, love, and kindness. You have taught me how to be calm. You have taught me more than I can put into words. I love you more than I can describe and I am so so thankful for the 31 years I got with you of your 98 years on this earth.
Hailee Capps
Julie was my champion since the moment I met her. She loved and cared for me like a daughter. I will miss her smile and cherish the memories of our tea parties, lunches, and fabric shopping trips. As she always said, "The one with the most fabric when she dies, wins."
Pam Lawson
I only met Miss Julie once but once was enough for her to make me feel like one of her own. Sending love and comfort to the family and friends whose lives she touched.
Tiffanie Overstreet
Very sorry for your loss! Julia was a lovely lady, I cut her hair for several years, she always managed to make me laugh, she was a joy to be around. I remember the story of the wooden salad bowl, that she was not allowed to wash, it had to be well seasoned! God Rest Her Soul!
John M Jovino
I met Nana when I was 5. Her son T.J. officially became my father a few years later. She was always Nana though from the day I met her. She is the definition of unconditional love. She told me that when someone “chooses” to love you it’s a special kind of love. I am eternally grateful and blessed that she chose me. There are so many people whose lives are better because they met her. God got his angel back and Nana got to go home. I’ll always cherish the memories and I’ll always love you.
Michaela Slaughter