Audrey Vidimos was the kind of woman who always made people feel comfortable in her presence, said her son, Scott Vidimos.
“People seemed to be drawn to her,” he said. “She wasn’t the type that would demand to be the center of attention, but rather, made people feel very comfortable being around her. She laughed freely and enjoyed a good story or joke.”
Audrey Vidimos, 83, of Merrillville, died Oct. 19. She was a longtime member of St. Stephen the Martyr Church. She was preceded in death by Alfred Vidimos, her husband of 49 years.
“She and my father loved to sing and dance,” their son said. “Their joy of socializing was contagious.”
She had worked at Vidimos, Inc., in East Chicago for 25 years.
“I had the good fortune to work alongside my mother for 20 years,” he said. “She was a get-it-done person who made every effort to do things right and do them on time. She expected those around her to take their jobs as seriously as she did hers.”
In her younger years, she had a dance career, performing in the Nutcracker in Chicago as a child and then continuing her studies through her college years at Northwestern University.
She also enjoyed card playing, bowling and golf, and was quite competitive, her son said.
She was passionate about her children’s activities, and spent hours following her two sons and her daughter to their golfing, swimming and wrestling competitions.
Vidimos was a devoted wife and mother who was selfless in her efforts to provide her children with opportunities.
“She taught us to be competitive and to expect the best from ourselves,” he said. “Success in our activities was important, but playing the game fairly and respecting others was an overriding message.”