Nadine Labadie

Nadine Diane Labadie (Brown)

Wednesday, July 17th, 1935 - Tuesday, October 13th, 2020
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LABADIE, Nadine Diane (nee Brown),

Formerly of Burr Ridge, IL, passed away peacefully in Burlington, Ontario on October 13, 2020 after a lengthy illness. Beloved wife of the late Ray B. Labadie (2015). Loving mother of Christina Thorell (Chris). Cherished Grammie of Zach and Carter. Much loved sister of Jeneal Ring (Frank) and the late Gayle Young (Donald Young). Predeceased by her parents Victor and Irene Brown. She will be sadly missed by her nieces and nephews whom she adored, extended family and especially by her cat Blackie, her constant companion for many years.

Nadine was born and grew up in Hamilton where she graduated with honours from Parks Business College. She secured employment with Moores Business Forms in Niagara Falls, New York. She was made an executive secretary and transferred to the Chicago where she met and married her husband Ray. She dedicated herself to her family volunteering in the classroom and for the PTO many years and cooking wonderful healthy meals, and taking her daughter to many activities. She later spent time in real estate, as a medical office administrator and a loving nanny. Whatever she did, Nadine gave 110%. Nadine was very musical and shared her love of piano with her church, often playing in relief society and primary among other callings. She had an amazing sense of style which was evident in her appearance and her beautiful home she loved. She was involved in health and fitness as long as she was able and was dedicated to taking care of her health. She loved spending time with her grandsons, taking them to the neighborhood playgrounds, the movies, or playing cards and board games.

Funeral Service will be held at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 2366 Headon Road, Burlington, on Monday, October 19, 2020 at 1 p.m. Interment to follow at White Chapel Cemetery, Hamilton. In accordance with provincial regulation, there is a limit to the number of guests who may be in attendance. To attend services please RSVP at or call Smith’s Funeral Home between 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. All guests are asked to wear a face mask.

If desired, donations to Animal Aid Burlington would be sincerely appreciated by the family.
(Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Burlington 905-632-3333)
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  • Service

    Monday, October 19th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Monday, October 19th, 2020 1:00pm
    Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
    2366 Headon Road
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  • Interment

    White Chapel Memorial Gardens
    1895 Main Street West
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Donations are being accepted for: BURLINGTON HUMANE SOCIETY.


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Jonathan Young

Posted at 12:18pm
As a kid, I recall it always being a special time when my Aunt Nadine would come visit us in Ontario. Her whole demeanor was elegance and grace. She would teach me good manners and how to behave with class. Always thoughtful gifts and stylish clothes to spoil us with during the holidays. Nadine always had great taste. My favorite memory was stopping by for a weekend visit to her home in Chicago on my way home from college in 1999. We had such a wonderful time, and I got to see her beautiful home and lifestyle. I've been blessed with the best Aunts ever! I love you Nadine and will miss you.

Daniel Young

Posted at 11:09pm
I have so many fond memories of Aunt Nadine. She was a real class act. Our family couldn't wait till she came to visit. It was a really big deal. She took me everywhere with her - to restaurants, movies, to her friends houses. When I was 8 years old I flew to Chicago by myself to visit her. I was spoiled by the flight attendants, got to meet the pilots and even got an American Airlines travel duffle with a set of wings for my lapel. I stayed with her in her apartment on Sheraton Street - on the 34th floor - in downtown Chicago. It's funny what I remember - brushing my teeth with Ultra Brite toothpaste, the thunderstorm that caused the apartment to sway back and forth, walking along the waterfront, going to the beach, and yes, swimming in Lake Michigan. She even took me to the fancy Kon-Tiki Ports restaurant at the Sheraton Hotel. She was our own private finishing "school" teaching us manners, etiquette, courtesy, poise, how to dress. . . . I remember when I was a young teenager she took me to a tailor who made me 3 suits - it was important that they represented my natural "colors". LOL. I wasn't an easy teenager. Aunt Nadine was as eloquent as she was wise. She took care of her parents, her extended family and all of us. She was very spiritual and had a love for the gospel of Jesus Christ. She lived what she believed. Everyone loved Aunt Nadine. I loved Aunt Nadine. I'm so fortunate to have had her in my life. I am who I am largely because of the influence she had on me. She didn't deserve the suffering that she endured these last few years. I miss her but am comforted to know that she has completed the requirements of this earthly estate and has now returned home. . . with honor to a much better place. I know that she is with Ray, my mom (Gayle) grandma (Irene), grandfather (Victor) and all those wonderful souls who have gone before. There isn't now and hasn't ever been a day in my life when I hadn't had some memory or impression of my Aunt Nadine that positively influenced my life. I love you Nadine. You are always in my heart.
Daniel J Young

Fran Wolfe

Posted at 09:37am
Dear Christine and Family,
Nadine and I became friends in 1963 when I started working for Moore in Chicago. Nadine and our friend Sally and I were inseparable. We all worked together at Moore, we shared lunches (split a shrimp cocktail three ways ... we each got two), we vacationed together, we danced at each other weddings, and our husbands became friends. Nadine was the one with class. She was a true lady. She was elegant and was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside.
When Nadine and Ray married, her greatest desire was to have a child. Christina, when you came along it was the most joyful time I ever witnessed with my friend. She prayed for you and I believe that strengthened her love of her Heavenly Father. He had given her you.
I hope you and all Nadine's beautiful family will find comfort in the memories you have built while enjoying this special lady.
Nadine always made plans and followed through to achieve them. Now, she has achieved her last greatest wish, to be in the arms of her Heavenly Father. I know she now Rests in Peace.
Fran Serie Wolfe

Daniel Young Posted at 11:27pm

Hi Fran, I remember meeting you more than once. Thank you for your comments. I know that Nadine cherished you as a very special friend - probably sister. Daniel

Joel Young

Posted at 03:37pm
My Aunt Nadine was a refine, elegant lady whom I dearly loved. I credit her influence for helping me develop my appreciation for arts, classical music and interior design. I cherish my memories of time spent with her in person, by phone and beautiful cards. I looked forward to holidays when she came to visit with Uncle Ray and later on with my beautiful and creative cousin, Christina.

I have fond memories of two visits where I went to see her. The first, in Chicago at age eight - my first time on a plane! Her and Ray completely spoiled me and I loved it! And later at age 18 in their beautiful home in Burr Ridge Estates.

I am consoled to think of the wonderful reunion she is having presently with loved ones passed on.

Thank you Aunt Nadine for your wonderful influence and contribution to my life.

Love you always and forever Aunt Nadine.

April Leebody

Posted at 08:53pm
My Aunt Nadine was certainly a lady of refinement and taste. Consideration, thoughtfulness, and generosity were a part of her nature. I have so many memories of the Christmas', Easters, and holidays when Uncle Ray, Aunt Nadine, and my cousin Christina would come to visit. When she was unable to visit as frequently, Aunt Nadine kept in touch with beautifully penned letters and cards that warmed my heart. She was a stalwart example of decorum, sophistication, and elegance. I know that Heavenly Father has welcomed her into His loving arms and that family and friends on the other side of the veil or rejoicing to have her with them again. I am so blessed to have been this wonderful, special woman's niece. Love you always, Aunt Nadine.

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