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In Memory of

Ilse Reese Gahart

July 9, 1926 - March 26, 2015

Obituary


Ilse Reese Gahart, an incomparable wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, and artistic leader, died peacefully in her home on Wednesday, March 25, at age 88.

Her family will cherish the memory of her great soul, her commitment to creating beauty and sharing her love with others, and her profound strength of will in meeting life's challenges with a positive spirit.

The Colorado Springs community will remember her inspirational leadership as a ballet teacher, director, and choreographer of the Rocky Mountain Ballet Company. Many of her dancers and students went on to have...

Ilse Reese Gahart, an incomparable wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, and artistic leader, died peacefully in her home on Wednesday, March 25, at age 88.

Her family will cherish the memory of her great soul, her commitment to creating beauty and sharing her love with others, and her profound strength of will in meeting life's challenges with a positive spirit.

The Colorado Springs community will remember her inspirational leadership as a ballet teacher, director, and choreographer of the Rocky Mountain Ballet Company. Many of her dancers and students went on to have flourishing careers in national and international ballet companies.

Ilse was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1926, the daughter of Maximilian Julius Schuster and Maria Foller Schuster.

Before moving to the United States in 1954, she danced professionally with the Vienna Opera Ballet and the Salzburg Festival Ballet. Her parents joined her as U.S. citizens in 1959. She played a vital role in the Colorado Springs artistic community in the years that followed, founding her first ballet company, the Rocky Mountain National Ballet in 1962. She also contributed to the decision-making process that led to the construction of the Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts.

She leaves her husband, Ben J. Gahart; two children, Sybill Reese Navas and Eric Christian Reese; and four grandchildren, Alexandra Reese Navas, Victoria Margaret Reese, Andrew Martin Reese, and Christian William Reese.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, March 30, 2015, Grace Lutheran Church - 1128 East Boulder Street, Colorado Springs.

Arrangements under the direction of Swan-Law Funeral Directors, Colorado Springs, CO.