Audrey Vidimos (nee Forrdrescher), age 83, of Merrillville, Ind., passed
away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on October 19, 2013.
Audrey was born on April 15, 1930, in Oak Park, Ill., to Walter and Irene
She was preceded in death by her devoted husband of 49 years, Alfred S.
Vidimos, who she met while at Northwestern University.
She is survived by Scott (Jenny) Vidimos of Chesterton, Ind., Allison (Todd)
Stultz of Brecksville, Ohio, David (Mary) Vidimos of North Richland Hills,
Texas, and Dan Vidimos of Merrillville, Ind.; grandchildren Adam, Joan
(Louis Kisic), and Christine (Brad Joyce) (of Scott); Katherine, Kristen (of
Allison); David, Emily, Kate, Matthew and William (of David) and two
great-grandchildren Taylor and Ava (of Joan).
In her younger years, her passion was dance and ballet. She danced in the
Nutcracker in Chicago as a child and continued her dance career into
college. She graduated salutatorian from Oak Park High School. During her
four years at Northwestern University, she earned a degree in journalism,
graduating magna cum laude, and became a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority.
She was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha (honorary society for political science),
Phi Alpha Mu (professional fraternity for advertising and journalistic
management), and Mortar Board (honor society recognizing scholarship,
leadership and service).
Upon graduation from college, she embarked on a career with a large
advertising agency in Chicago before having a family. After her children
left home Audrey returned to work at Vidimos, Inc. in East Chicago, where
she spent 25 years.
Audrey was long time member of St. Stephen Martyr Church in Merrillville.
She served as Brownie and Girl Scout leader as well as Cub Scout den mother
when her children were young. She was also an avid golfer, bowler and
pinochle and bridge player. She enjoyed playing golf with her husband,
children and friends at Gary/Innsbrook Country Club for many years. Audrey
and Al took numerous couples golf trips together. Audrey played
competitively with the Women’s Western Golf Association. She spent countless
hours supporting her children’s interests in golf, softball, swimming and
wrestling. She was an extraordinarily social person and truly enjoyed the
company of others. A common thread throughout her life was her love of and
devotion to her family.
Visitation will be Tuesday, October 22, 2013, from 2 to 8 p.m. at Burns
Funeral Home, 10101 Broadway, Crown Point, Ind. A rosary service will be at
Funeral services will be Wednesday, October 23, 2013, beginning at Burns
Funeral Home at 9 a.m. and proceeding to St. Stephen the Martyr Church, 5920
Waite St., Merrillville, Ind., for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m.,
Rev. Michael Maginot officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be sent to Alzheimer’s &
Dementia Services of Northern Indiana, 922 E. Colfax Ave., South Bend, IN,