Rita Y. Caldwell

October 10, 1940 - September 17, 2017

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Wednesday, September 20, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel

Wednesday, September 20, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel


Thursday, September 21, 11:00 AM
Cedar Lake Church of the Brethren, 2939 CR 15, Auburn


Rita Y. Caldwell, 76, of Kendallville died Sunday, September 17, 2017, at 6:01 p.m. in Lutheran Life Villages, Kendallville.

She was born October 10, 1940 in Garrett to Chester D. and Ruth M. (Ober) Lung.

Rita received her master’s degree in library science and worked as a librarian for the public school system for 34 years.

She was on the board of directors and was a former officer for the Kendallville Day Care Center.

Surviving is a daughter, Kristina (Ken) Wisner of Kendallville; five grandchildren, Dustin (Shantel Gates) Woods, Alisha (Adam Powers) Woods, Tiffany (Noel) Valle, Austin Woods, and Mackennzie Wisner; two step-grandchildren, Jonathon (Heather) Wisner and Matthew (Kayla Bowers) Wisner; and twelve great-grandchildren, Riley, Landon, Adrian, Caden, Serenity, Bryson, Tayton, Carson, Kayidence, Peyton, Sebastian, and Ellie Jo.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be Thursday, September 21, 2017, at 11 a.m. in Cedar Lake Church of the Brethren, 2939 Co Rd 15, Auburn with Pastor Duane Grady officiating. Burial will be in Christian Union Cemetery in Garrett.

Calling is Wednesday, September 20, 2017, from 1 to 3 and 5 to 8 p.m. in Young Family Funeral Home, 222 South State Street, Kendallville, and one hour prior to services on Thursday at the church.

Preferred memorials are to the Kendallville Day Care Center.

View a video tribute or send condolences to the family at www.youngfamilyfuneralhome.com

Guest Book

Cindy Nolot
September 19th, 2017 8:05pm
Fort Wayne

Kris so sorry for your loss. I worked with your mom at KCS. Worked there about 5 years before we moved to Fort Wayne.

Jeannie & Ova Campbell
September 19th, 2017 12:57pm
Beavercreek, Ohio

Kris, words fail me. Sending love & prayers to you and your family. Even when we know death is imminent, we are never prepared for the reality of it. Rita has been a part of my life since 1959. I remember meeting our freshman year and rooming together our sophomore year and all the fun we had. Even though we lived many miles apart, we remained friends all our life. She became family and I cherish the wonderful memories. Ova, Anita, Alesia, & Tim send their love too. We will miss her.

C. Sue Mozena
September 19th, 2017 12:56pm

Even though we shared a great grand daughter I didn't know Rita well but enough to see what an intelligent kind woman she was, My heart is with all the family'

Carijane (Cj) Williams
September 18th, 2017 7:09pm

Kris- I am so sorry. I know words can not take the pain away. Your mom was such a big part of my childhood and I am so glad my mom had such a good friend in her. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love you, Cj

Hank Seibel
September 18th, 2017 5:44pm
Fort Wayne IN

My condolences regarding Rita's passing. She was a good person with a big heart. Had a lot of fun with her at Gas Light Playhouse.