Rita Anna Light, 71, of Bristol, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Indiana, from injuries she sustained in a car accident.

She was born on July 25, 1950 in Maniago, Italy to Franco and Italia (Centazzo) Corrado.

She married Richard Light who survives. Also survived is a son, Derek G. (Joni R.) Light of Elkhart; two grandchildren, Drake and Gabbie Light, both of Elkhart; one brother, John (Jane) Corrado of Prescott, Arizona; and two nephews, Joe Corrado of Prescott, Arizona, and Jim Corrado of Grand Rapids, Michigan. She was predeceased by her parents.

Rita was currently employed as a guidance counselor at Pierre Moran Middle School in Elkhart. In 1971, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Journalism from IU Bloomington. In 1972, she earned a master’s degree in secondary education from IU Bloomington and in 1981, she earned a master’s degree in counseling from IU Bloomington.

Rita spoke Italian, French, Russian, Spanish and English. She was a member of the Indiana Department of Education and Safe Schools Leadership Consortium. She has also volunteered for the Elkhart Police Department, Substation 7, taught workshops on Critical Incident Stress and Listening Skills at the Elkhart Police Department, and volunteered for the Center Elkhart Palliative Care Center.

Rita received the FOP Lodge 52 President’s Award in 1996 and was one of 10 Elkhart County Women’s YWCAs in 1996. She loved animals very much and was Aunt Rita to all the dogs she met. Rita was very fond of her Australian Labradoodle “Ellie” who was also killed in the car accident.

Rita had a great sense of humor, which was very finely tuned, and could talk to anyone she met and had an extensive vocabulary.

Rita loved to exercise and enjoyed taking “Ellie” for long walks.

Cremation has taken place and a gathering of life celebration for Rita will be held from 2-5 p.m. with services beginning at 2:15 p.m. at the Omega Event Center, 2130 Middlebury St., Elkhart, IN 46516 on Saturday, April 2. to be Chris Garner.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Elkhart County Humane Society.

Walley Mills Zimmerman Funeral Home has been entrusted with his care.

Published by The Elkhart Truth on March 28, 2022.