Gloria Bartholomew, 1929-2019

Gloria Rose Lilly Bartholomew, 90, of Michigan City, IN, passed away Friday, Nov. 29, 2019.

She was born Nov. 24, 1929, to the late Otto and Clara (Buehrer) Schmude in Chicago, IL.

Raised in a tailor shop on the south side of Chicago, sewing was the core of Gloria’s life. She was a talented seamstress who did alterations, designed and produced wedding dresses, and made costumes. Her most cherished creations were her grandchildren’s Halloween costumes. She had also been employed by Low’s clothing store, Osborn Fabric and U.S. Slicing Machine Co. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and a former member of St. John’s Lutheran evening circle and St. John’s Lutheran Walther League chorus.

Gloria enjoyed watching sports, especially the Cubs (even though she was raised a White Sox fan), Blackhawks, and most importantly, any team on which her family played.

On May 14, 1955, Gloria married James D. Bartholomew, who survives.

Also surviving are a daughter, Ruth (Randy) Radke of Michigan City, and a son, James Allen (Tammi) Bartholomew of New Carlisle, IN;  grandchildren: Sabrina (Adam) Stradtner, Melissa (Eric) Spurling, Stephanie (Ross) Smith, Christopher Bartholomew, and Gustav (Sam) Radke; and great-grandchildren: Regan, Eli, Simon, Gideon, Gianna, Fiona, Oren, Tessa, and Eve. She was Mrs. B. or Grandma B. to many.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, La Porte. A funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 907 Michigan Ave., La Porte, IN, where family and friends may visit from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the church. Burial will be in St. John Lutheran Cemetery, La Porte.

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or the Lutheran Hour Ministries, 660 Mason Ridge Center Drive, St. Louis, MO 63141.

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5 Responses to “Gloria Bartholomew, 1929-2019”

  1. Michelle Jonushaitis Briggs

    Nov 30. 2019

    My heart hurts learning of the passing of Ma B. She truly was like my second mom. What a passion she had for everything and everyone she experienced in her life. My memories are countless, and will carry me through this sadness. Lifelong friendships began at after game parties in the Bartholomew basement. I am blessed to have a faith that includes the promise of a joyful reunion in Heaven.

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  2. Linda (Lee) Hough

    Dec 01. 2019

    Ruth, so sorry to hear about your mom. She was a great Lady. She was so supportive at our competitions.

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  3. Barb Fenstermaker Kovalcin

    Dec 01. 2019

    Ruth, so very sorry about your mom. I have great memories of our twirling days.

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  4. Anna Olson Eskridge Lenardson

    Dec 01. 2019

    Peace Mrs Bartholomew and peace to Ruth and your family. It has been many years since I have seen Mrs. Bartholomew, but the memories of our 4-H group/experiences and our parents are many and they will not be forgotten. Be sure to share your love and memories to keep her with you and to keep her alive in your hearts. She was a wonderful women and a fair and loving mother to every child she met.

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  5. Bruce Anderson

    Dec 18. 2019

    So sorry to read that Gloria passed. I remember her and Jim well. Such nice people. Great neighbors in old Anderson Park. Bruce Anderson

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