Gloria Elaine Bachman, 81, Burlingame: Feb. 28, 1943 – March 29, 2024 – Osage County Online | Osage County News

Gloria Elaine Bachman, 81, Burlingame: Feb. 28, 1943 – March 29, 2024

BURLINGAME, Kan. – Gloria Elaine Bachman, 81, of Burlingame, Kan., passed away March 29, 2024. She was born Feb. 28, 1943, in Burlingame, to Winlow and Margaret Johnson.

Gloria was a trailblazer as a woman studying physics in the 1960s. She graduated in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Washburn University, where she met her husband, David R. Bachman. They were married at the Federated Church, Burlingame, Kan.

She had a very successful career, ultimately becoming a program manager supporting the Navy in the design of defense systems and submarine communications. As an entrepreneur, she created her own contracting company in support of the Navy and Army before retiring.

Gloria was a dedicated mother and enjoyed cheering and supporting her boys. She was often a “team mom” and would rarely miss a game despite her career responsibilities. Gloria could often be heard ringing a bell in the stands in support of her kids’ teams.

At time of her passing, Gloria achieved 44 years of sobriety. She was active in AA for decades, during which she sponsored many people through challenging times. Gloria’s kitchen table was frequently a hub for support and she strived to positively affect the world around her at every chance.

Alzheimer’s would eventually catch up with her, and she spent the last six years of her life in Topeka, Kan., being supported by family and medical professionals.

Gloria is survived by three sons, David, Chris, and Matt; three granddaughters, Catherine, Abigail, and Maitlyn; two grandsons, Cooper and Camden; sister, Wendy Godderz; and brother, Neil Johnson.

A great person, a wonderful mom, a true friend, she will be missed by anyone who knew her.

Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, at Lamb-Roberts-Price Funeral Home, 503 S. Topeka Ave., Burlingame, followed by graveside services at 11 a.m. at Burlingame Cemetery. Condolences can be left at

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