HOUSTON, TX—With family, friends and even help from the Houston Fire Department, Guido Bulgarelli celebrated his 100th birthday on January 23rd. He is the first centenarian of Eagle's Trace, the Erickson Living retirement community in West Houston where he resides.
The son of an Italian immigrant who came to the United States via Ellis Island in 1905, Mr. Bulgarelli was born and raised in Ankeny, Iowa, a coal miners' town. He graduated from Ankeny High School in 1933, where he played basketball, sang tenor in a quartet and initiated his life-long love of golf, which he still plays.
Tragically, his father was killed in an accident so 18-year old Guido left college to support the family, graciously taking work where he could find it. His employment with Prudential Insurance Company in Des Moines, selling insurance door-to-door, began a fulfilling career with the company until his retirement in 1980.
Along the way, Guido met the love of his live, Adelaide, at a Knights of Columbus dance in 1937. Two years later, following a fun-filled courtship noted for their love of dancing, they married.
Life changed in 1944, when he was drafted by the United States Army serving under General Patton in the European theater. In January, 1945, his left arm was shattered by enemy mortar fire and left dangling in his sleeve. Miraculously, medics saved his arm, and following nine months of rehabilitation in hospitals in Plymouth, England and Topeka, Kansas, Guido returned home. He was awarded the Purple Heart.
All told, Adelaide and Guido had four children, two boys (Dennis & David) and two girls (Cindy & Mindy). Throughout the years, Guido and Adelaide joined many dancing clubs, actively participated in the Catholic Church and traveled to the Holy Land. The couple was married for seventy-three years before her passing on August 7, 2012.
His 100th birthday party at Eagle's Trace was a celebration to remember. The Audubon Living Room at Eagle's Trace was decorated with inventions introduced during his lifetime. The party featured a birthday cake with 100 candles burning brightly, escorted by two members of the Houston Fire Department.
Lisa Hadley is the Community Resources Coordinator at Eagle's Trace. "It was a fun-filled afternoon for Mr. Bulgarelli. He's a very special man who contributes so much to his family and friends at Eagle's Trace, and we all wish him many more happy birthday parties to come," she said.
About Eagle's Trace: Eagle's Trace is one of eighteen continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living. Located in Houston, Texas, the scenic 70-acre campus is home to more than 650 residents. Eagle's Trace is the ideal greater Houston retirement destination offering a true sense of community, convenience beyond compare and a sensible financial structure.