Ubaldina Evelyn Vidal was a warm, outgoing woman who was a loyal friend, said her son, John Vidal.
“She was very warm and gregarious, yet very humble,” he said.
Ubaldina Evelyn Vidal, 83, of Crown Point, died Oct. 21. She taught Spanish at the University of Wisconsin and Indiana University Northwest for 35 years, and was awarded the distinction of excellence in teaching Spanish. She was a member of the Spanish Society of Gary and the American Teachers Association of Spanish and Portuguese.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Louis Vidal.
Vidal was born in Spain and came to the United States with her parents at age 17 to seek a better life, her son said.
“She always remained connected to Spain,” he said. “She wrote letters to old friends and family, which maintained a strong connection for more than 60 years.”
She was deeply involved with St. Matthias Catholic Church. She was dedicated to her friends and made them feel as if they were part of her family, he son said.
She loved to cook and entertain and made the best paella, he said.
“She made everyone feel comfortable in her home,” he said. “She treated everyone with dignity and respect, no matter if they were rich or poor.”