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Elizabeth Irene (Ottinger) Sprong, 98, of Zionsville, passed away Oct. 27, 2014.. She was born in Hendricks County Aug. 5, 1916, to Carl and Mary (Harmon) Ottinger.. She graduated from Zionsville Community High School in 1934. After high school graduation, she attended Central Normal College in Danville. From there she was granted a two-year teaching certificate and Indiana teaching license.. Mrs. Sprong began her teaching career in a one-room school in Union township near Gadsen, in 1936-1937, and thereafter in what was Northfield on U.S. Highway 421. She married Rex Sprong Nov. 24, 1937, and he preceded her in death.. Mrs. Sprong returned to teaching at Zionsville in 1941. She continued until 1976 when her husband became ill. After Mr. Sprong’s death in December 1976, Irene again returned to teaching in 1978 and continued until her permanent retirement in 1984.. During her teaching career, Mrs. Sprong achieved a B.S. in education and later an M.A. in education, both from Butler University. Mrs. Sprong, as she was known by hundreds in the community, taught fourth grade (22 years), third, fifth and sixth grades for a total of 43 years.. She is a founding member of the Ottinger-Sprong Foundation, which has awarded several scholarships to ZCHS seniors over the last 10 years. Mrs. Sprong is a lifelong member of Salem United Methodist Church, a member of The Retired Teachers of Boone County, Butler University Boosters, and Psi Iota Xi.. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Clayton and Burl.. She is survived by nieces and nephews: Tina (Ottinger) Hand (Eric), Candace (Ottinger) Buckmaster, Timothy Ottinger (Susan), and Jeffrey Ottinger (Pam), all of Zionsville; sisters-in-law, Annie and Mary Jean Ottinger; and several great-nieces and nephews.. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at Salem United Methodist Church, 6701 S. 800 E. Zionsville. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 at Flanner and Buchanan-Zionsville, 105 E. Pine St. Zionsville, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery.. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salem United Methodist Church.
Published on  October 30, 2014
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