by Joseph RADDER
For Willard and Addie Gaeddert, hope and love do spring eternal.
The Gaedderts, who both lost their first spouses, found a special love with each
other and have celebrated 10 years of marriage. The love of family and friends has been
evident in both their lives.
Addie and her first husband raised five foster children who, to this day, remain
very close. Willard has three surviving children and plays a special role with his
Dr. Willard Gaeddert is a 30-year (and founding) member of the Chautauqua County Rural
Ministry, an organization committed to improving the lives of minorities and low income
citizens in the community. He is a 23-year member of the Fredonia Kiwanis Club and
Chairman of Chautauqua Countys Planning Board.
A devoted Quaker and member of the countys Center for Peace and Justice, Willard
is totally committed to his work as a member of the Holocaust Remembrance Committee. At
80-years-young he lives his life for peace.
For well over a decade Addie Marsh Gaeddert has been a member of the League of Women
Voters and coordinator of its Meet the Candidate Programs. She also is a member of the
Chautauqua County Home Auxiliary and past Chairperson of its annual Strawberry Festival
As a member of the SUNY Fredonia College Foundation Board for over 10 years, Addie
serves as Special Events Chairperson and is a member of the Fredonia 1891 Opera House
Only 74, Addie is very active in her church and its choir. She established a fund in
memory of her first husband to support annual recitals for Fredonia State College music
students, in an effort to promote their talents.
She and Willard are frequent theater goers and attend performances throughout Western
Many throughout Chautauqua County have experienced the love and caring nature of
Willard and Addie. But perhaps none is as important to them as their relationship with
Kelly, a precocious 11-year-old who lives next door. From the time this young girl was
four Willard and Addie have enriched her life, becoming her adoptive
They have planted the seed of appreciation for life (and its aging process) with this little girl that will grow with her just as their contributions will remain and be remembered.
Joseph Radder is a freelance writer.
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