Margaret Salandra Crago, age 87, of Chesterton, died Thursday, Sept. 2,
2010, in Michigan City.
She was born on November 7, 1922, in New Alexandria, Pa., to Carmine
Salandria and Congetta (Agresti) Salandria, Demarco, who preceded her in
She was married on January 28, 1941, in Ohio to Joseph Crago, who preceded
her in death on February 14, 1974.
Margaret is survived by her sons, Dennis (Lee) Crago of Bethlehem, Pa., and
Kenneth (Laura Brandt) Crago of Chesterton; grandchildren, Kevin (Christine
Barley) Crago of Jupiter, Fla., Dean (Susan) Crago of Morristown, N.J.,
Keith Crago of Hoboken, N.J., Anthony Crago of Seattle, Wash., Christopher
(Karen) Crago of Bethlehem, Pa., and Matthew (Shelley) Campbell of Michigan
City; great-grandchildren, Dylan Preston Crago of Jupiter, Fla., Colby and
Kyle (twins) Crago of Morristown, N.J., Carson Crago of Morristown, N.J.,
Emma and Lillian Crago of Bethlehem, Pa., and Cheyenne Campbell of Michigan
City; sisters, Josephine Caruso of Farrell, Pa., Ermenia “Millie” Gondak of
Fairless Hills, Pa., Louise Kromka of Farrell, Pa., Sadie (Joseph) Validzich
of Hermitage, Pa., and Floretta Guanciale of Palm Harbor, Fla.; brother,
Alfred “Harry” Salandria of Sharon, Pa.; sister-in-law, Matilda Pandza of
Farrell, Pa.; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, great nieces, great nephews
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Patsy, Joseph and Steve Salandria.
In 1941 Joseph and Margaret moved to Gary and moved to Chesterton in 1972.
Margaret worked at H. Gordon & Sons in Gary prior to moving to Chesterton.
She worked at the Chesterton State Bank (INB) for 14 years before retiring
in 1990. Margaret was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Chesterton.
She was also a member of the Farrell High School Alumni Association in
Farrell, Pa., and a member of AARP.
Private funeral services will be held at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517
Broadway, Chesterton. Burial will take place at Calumet Park Cemetery,