Margaret A. Chidester

January 2, 2021

Margaret Chidester, age 91, of Merrillville, IN, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 2, 2021. She is survived by her loving children: Margaret “Peg” (John) Fiala, Jake (Andrea) Chidester and Debra “Deb” (Gary Bowser) Poxon; adored grandchildren: Brian (Staci) Harpp, Jeff (Abbe) Harpp, Angela (Jeff) Hassen, Greg (Melanie) Chidester, Theresa (Michael) Galaboff, Michael (Kathy) Fiala, Sarah (Chase) Glancy and Patrick (Felicia) Poxon; cherished great grandchildren: Nolyn Harpp, Neely Harpp, Cash Harpp, Finley Harpp, Abigail Daly, Jacob Fiala, Joshua Fiala and River Glancy (expected June of 2021); brother, James (Elaine) Myers, sister, Ruth Morris and son-in-law, Wally Harp.

Preceded in death by her mother, Margaret Myers-Morris; father, Loris Myers; and stepfather, Joseph Morris; husband of 54 years, Jacob (Neal) Chidester; daughter, Darlene Harpp and siblings: Lou Myers, John Myers and Anna Frances Trafny.

Margaret worked for many years in sales at Barnett’s and Carson’s. She was the last original
Thursday Girl. Margaret now joins Carol, Mary, Ginny, Lil, Loretta, Kay, Donna and Rita at the Tripoli Table. She was a member of the God Squad and Woman’s Club at St. Stephen Martyr Catholic Church. Margaret and her late husband Jacob enjoyed traveling throughout the U. S. One of her most memorable trips was to Italy with her dear friend Isabelle Ramirez.

Margaret will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Friday, January 8, 2021, 10:00 A.M., at St. Stephen Martyr Catholic Church (5920 Waite St., Merrillville, IN) Rev. Michael Maginot and Rev. Gerald Schweitzer officiating. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 7, 2021, 3:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Rendina Funeral Home (5100 Cleveland St., Gary, IN)

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The SHARE Foundation, P.O. Box 400, Rolling Prairie, IN 46371 ( or Cincinnati Children’s Hospital (

Masks required to enter the building, social distancing strongly encouraged, seating will be limited. For information call 219-980-1141.


Thursday, January 7, 2021
3:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Rosary at 6:30 P.M.
Rendina Funeral Home

5100 Cleveland Street, Gary, IN 46408 VIEW MAP

T 219-980-1141
F 219-980-1142

Mass of Christian Burial

Friday, January 8, 2021
10:00 A.M.
St. Stephen Martyr Catholic Church

5920 Waite Street, Merrillville, IN 46410