David Lee Bradke (1966 - 2022)
David Lee Bradke was a lighting designer and lighting director, working extensively in Chicago and New Orleans. Most recently, he worked for Chicago Opera Theater, Northwestern University’s Light Opera Works, the Steamboat Springs Strings Music Festival and the Long Beach Opera in California.
Born in Fresno CA; raised in New Orleans LA; David earned his BA in Theatre from Loyola University of New Orleans and worked towards his master’s degree. David was the beloved husband of Anya Elizabeth Plotkin, devoted Daddy of Aurora Grace Bradke, cherished son of Judith Ann (Robert) Gentry and Don Lee (Rheta) Bradke, loving brother of Sr. Elizabeth (born Janeen) Bradke and Sarah (Brent) Charvet, fond uncle to his nieces and nephews, and treasured son-in-law of Lawrence Plotkin and Ruth Hansen.
David was a kind and generous man, a talented designer, an excellent friend, and a loving father and husband.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to his daughter’s college fund. For information contact Drake & Son Funeral Home, 773-747-5344 or DrakeandSonFuneralHome.com.