NEW PRESTON – Father Robert W. Ladish, 85, of New Preston, died on March 5, 2013, at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford.
He was born in Hartford, a son of the late John Edward and Mary (Farrell) Ladish, and was raised in West Hartford. He studied for the priesthood at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield and St. Bernard’s Seminary in Rochester, N.Y.
He was ordained on May 14, 1953, by Archbishop Henry J. O’Brien in the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford.
Father Ladish served as assistant pastor at St. Mary Parish in Meriden from 1953-56 and at St. John the Evangelist Parish in New Haven from 1956-59. He then pursued graduate studies at Fairfield University, and from 1960-62 was the assistant pastor at SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Waterbury.
On Sept. 22, 1962, Father Ladish was appointed chaplain at Mount Sacred Heart Novitiate and Academy in Hamden. He subsequently was appointed pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in New Haven in 1976, and then, on March 3, 1989, as pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Torrington, where he would serve until his retirement on April 30, 2003. From July 1, 1997, until his retirement, Father Ladish also served as administrator of St. Mary Church in Torrington.
He is survived by his brother John of Pennsylvania and 12 nieces and nephews, Kenneth, Mary Jo, Amy, Robert, John, Stephen, David, Paul, Janet, William, Sarah and Gretchen. He was predeceased by his brother William and his sister Anne Kendall.
Archbishop Henry J. Mansell celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial on March 8 in the chapel at St. Thomas Seminary, 467 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield.
Donations in memory of Father Ladish may be made at www.alz.org.