Gloria T. Bulger

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Gloria Opal Tomlinson Lucas Butsch Bulger

92, departed from this life on Friday, December 13, 2013. Gloria made her debut in Indianapolis on November 22, 1921, in her grandmother's cottage in Brightwood. The eldest child of Stuart A. Tomlinson and M. Catharine Harraman Tomlinson was a precocious student, entering high school at the age of 12 and college at the age of 16. She was an alumna of James Russell Lowell School 51, Shortridge High School and DePauw University. She also completed numerous courses in law, business administration and real estate throughout her working years. Gloria married George E. Lucas Sr. in 1942, Richard V. Butsch in 1946, and John L. Bulger Sr. in 1975, all of whom preceded her in death.

Gloria was primarily a stay-at-home Mom in her early adulthood, making sure her seven children did well in school and attended church regularly. She ferried her little ones to piano lessons and ballet classes, choir performances and theatrical productions, swim team practices and Scouting activities. She was active in the PTAs of several IPS schools. She was an expert seamstress and knew how to stretch a meal to feed nine appetites. Periodically, she did part time work for R. E. Schenck Co., James H. Drew Corp. and Red Ball Transit Co. Gloria chaired the Marion County Mental Health Association's Annual Holiday Gift Lift for 17 seasons, collecting thousands of presents for Central State Hospital patients.

On her 40th birthday, Gloria took the Indiana Real Estate Commission's licensing exam, which opened up a whole new world for her. She became one of the few but thereafter growing number of women to join the predominantly male real estate profession. She started her career with the Edward Cohn Co. She was a million dollar producer in a time when a $20,000 home was considered expensive. She then became an associate of Bulger and Mason Realtors and within two years was part owner of the company. She married her partner, and together John and Gloria Bulger operated a northside real estate brokerage for a quarter of a century. The firm was known at times by various names, including The Bulger & Mason Home Team, CENTURY 21 Bulger and Mason, CENTURY 21 Accent, CENTURY 21 Bulger Inc., and Coldwell Banker Bulger. Prior to John's death at age 88, the Bulgers sold their company, and Gloria continued on as an associate there. In her final years as a real estate professional, she was affiliated with RE/MAX Real Estate Groups and Carpenter Realtors.

For more than half-a-century, Gloria was a member of the Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of Realtors, Indiana Association of Realtors, and National Association of Realtors. She was a member of the Northside Marketing, Commercial Investment and Commercial Marketing Divisions of MIBOR. She was a member of Women's Council of Realtors, serving as its President and receiving its Member of the Year Award.

Gloria was a member of Tabernacle Presbyterian Church, Columbia Club, The Riviera Club, and the Indianapolis 500 Festival Committee. She was among the early members of the Mapleton-Fall Creek Neighborhood Association, Meridian-Kessler Neighborhood Association and Broad Ripple Village Association.

Gloria was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; brother George E. Tomlinson; daughters Catharine E. Butsch Newland and Gloria L. Butsch Everhart; and son, John Austin Butsch. Gloria is survived by her sister, Iola Tomlinson Lanaman, of Upper Arlington, Ohio; son G. Edward Butsch (Elizabeth) of Tustin, California; daughters Sharon Butsch Freeland (Michael) and Kristin L. Butsch of Indianapolis; daughter Maria L. Valentine (Camille Goode) of Los Angeles, California; stepson, John L. Bulger Jr. of Indianapolis, seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Gloria's family members wish to thank the staff at Allisonville Meadows American Senior Community for their gentle, patient, and attentive care for the past eighteen months. Arrangements have been entrusted to Flanner and Bucha nan - Broad Ripple . Burial services at Memorial Park Cemetery will be private. Due to the busy holiday season and current extreme weather, as well as family members who live at a distance, a gathering to celebrate the life of Gloria will be held after the New Year. Check: or call (317) 475-4475 for details.

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Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Dec. 15, 2013
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