Fort Wayne woman, 97, receives Light of Christ Award

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A former teacher and Fort Wayne native is being applauded for her work in the Fort Wayne community.

Betty Stein, 97, was awarded the Father Tom O’Connor Light of Christ Award by Bishop Kevin Rhoades on Friday. The award was created in 2007 to honor persons of faith whose life and work reflect the example set by former St. Mary’s pastor, Father Tom O’Connor during his years as a priest.

After getting her master’s degree in education at the University of Saint Francis, Stein taught English and social studies at Fairfield Junior High School. She’s also served on numerous boards and helps students outside the classroom.

“If I’ve given to the community at all it’s because I love Fort Wayne. This is home, and to get an award for doing something that I love doing, that’s just frosting on the cake,” Stein said.

Stein also writes two regular columns for the News-Sentinel.

She retired from teaching in 1981, but is a consultant with Fort Wayne Community Schools (FWCS). provides commenting on many stories to allow for constructive discussion. In order to comment, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms and Conditions. Anyone violating these terms, including the use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinion of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, flag it so our moderators can review.

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