"To many I was that crazy newspaper reporter and photog with the old Slidell Daily Times and Slidell Sentry News, driving wildly to accidents on the old Twin Spans or hurricanes to let everyone know I was rough and ready," she wrote. "Then there were the homicides and other tragedies, local and parish government meetings (always good for excitement), and most of all, my life’s mission, saving all the animals in the world."
She spent almost every day at the Slidell Animal Shelter,
her "second home."She also ran the Chiri Critter Care
pet sitting service, "but
there were too many days shedding tears over man’s inhumanity to his own
species, much less animals," she wrote.
When she moved to Florida, she left as Kevin became an editor and publisher with his own newspaper, The Slidell Independent. "Your small town community newspaper is still the backbone for us to carry on setting all things right," she concluded.
I worked with Pat on some of the same news stories when I was a reporter for the Mandeville Banner and St. Tammany Farmer, and I knew her dedication to her craft as well as to the animal welfare of the dogs and cats (and other four legged creatures) of the Slidell area.
Mary Patricia “Pat” Berg Chiri, age 89, of Slidell, LA, passed away on Wednesday, August 25, 2021. In her obituary, it was noted that she was a native of Port Chester, NY, and resided in St. Cloud, FL, and Kissimmee, FL, before moving to Slidell in 1969. She retired to Englewood, FL, in 2007 before coming back to Slidell in 2020.
After graduating from St. Cloud High School, she attended the University of Florida before working professionally as a news reporter for the Osceola Sentinel in Kissimmee, then writing for the Slidell Daily Times and the Slidell Sentry-News.
had a lifelong love of animals and was the founder of the Animal
Assistance League of Slidell, besides gaining a following with her
weekly pet column in the Slidell newspapers," according to her obituary. She also owned and operated
her own small business, “Chiri Critter Care” for many years in the
Slidell area. The pet sitting service is now run by her granddaughter Vicky.
Additionally, Pat worked at the Slidell Airport and was a licensed pilot, and spent years as a Reserve Deputy for the St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office.
She will be long remembered by many Slidell citizens for her many contributions to the community.