In Memory of Charles Junior Gaede 1920 – 2009

My father-in-law, Charles Junior Gaede, passed away on 24 February 2009 at age 89. He
was born in Richmond, Indiana on 11 February 1920 to Ruth Vera (Gehring) and Charles
Louis Gaede.

In 1936 he quit high school and performed odd jobs. He also painted houses for his
father for $35 per week. From 1939 to 1941 he worked in a camera shop in Richmond,
Indiana. This was an important position for Charles, as it became his goal to own his
own camera shop.

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Melissa will be performing in the Colorado Ballet production of Coppélia at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Center for Performing Arts.

We start with “once upon a time” and end with “wow!” A children’s tale, perhaps. But this is really a magical event for everyone with an imagination and a funny bone. This classic ballet is filled with magic and mayhem. Start with one eccentric toy-maker, throw in a plan to bring a mechanical doll to life, and mix well with a red-blooded young lover, a jealous fiancé and an array of mischievous maidens. You end up with a wild mix of abracadabra, spooky adventure and plenty of old-fashioned love. Don’t miss this enchanting tale and playful choreography!

Click here for the Coppélia Study Guide.