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Published: Thursday, 3/24/2005

Educator began teaching in a 1-room schoolhouse

TIFFIN - Alice M. Kretsinger, a longtime Hopewell-Loudon Elementary sixth-grade teacher who served as one of the school's first principals, died of a stroke Sunday in Seneca House, where she lived for several years. She was 92.

Mrs. Kretsinger started teaching in a one-room schoolhouse in Seneca Township in the 1930s, her cousin Raymond Doran said.

At that time, teachers were expected to be an example of moral character for the students. Mrs. Kretsinger was not allowed to wear red clothing or to go into establishments that sold alcohol, and the school board had to approve any boyfriend she might date, her cousin said.

In the early 1940s, Mrs. Kretsinger began teaching sixth grade at Hopewell and Loudon townships' new consolidated school. She also served as the grade-school principal for five or six years, while continuing to teach.

"She was an excellent teacher," her cousin said. "She was strict and very hardworking."

Mrs. Kretsinger tutored students at her home in the evenings. Teachers also were required to handle sports, banquets, and other school events, her cousin said.

As a sixth-grade teacher, she taught all the subjects but liked history best. She retired in the 1970s and served as a substitute teacher for several years.

Mrs. Kretsinger was born in Seneca County's Seneca Township to James and Lillie Doran. She graduated from Columbian High School in 1931 and received an education degree from Bowling Green State University in 1957.

In 1946, she married F. Marion Kretsinger. He died in 1999.

She was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, Seneca County Retired Teachers, and the National Education Association.

There are no immediate survivors.

Services will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow in the Engle-Shook Funeral Home, where visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

It is suggested that tributes be to the church or a charity of the donor's choice.



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