Arla Emily Schooler Hieb


March 22, 1915 - October 14, 2009



She touched our lives as
Mother ~ Sister ~ Grandma ~ Auntie ~ Teacher ~ Neighbor ~ Friend
    Arla Emily Mahnke Schooler Hieb was born March 22, 1915, to George and Viola (Engelbrecht) Mahnke, of rural Deuel County, SD, the oldest of four siblings.
    She attended Deuel County rural schools and graduated from Watertown High School in 1931. She completed teacher training at Eastern State College (now Dakota State University), Madison. On April 21, 1932, she married Kenneth Schooler of Reliance, SD, whom she met at Eastern. The couple lived on the family ranch and also taught school.
    After Mr. Schooler’s death on April 20, 1969, Arla resided at Lyman and taught area schools at Reliance and Lower Brule. On December 25, 1977, she married Louie Hieb, a neighbor of rural Reliance. The Hieb farming operation was later moved to Mansfield, MO. In the late 1990’s they moved to Ekalaka, MT. Mr. Hieb died in November 2002. After that, Arla lived alone in Ekalaka until she entered the Tripp Good Samaritan Center in July of 2004. She transferred to the Avera Brady Center in Mitchell in 2007, but returned to Tripp Good Samaritan in September 2009.
    She was a member of the Reliance Methodist Church.
    Survivors include two daughters: Vianne Stensaas and husband, Harlan of Mitchell, SD and Karla Johnson and husband, Jim of Durango, CO; a sister, Ruth Schwandt and husband, Robert of Watertown, SD; and daughter-in-law, Barbara Unland of Naples, FL. She also had eighteen grandchildren, thirty-nine great-grandchildren and eleven great-great-grandchildren. Surviving stepchildren are Mary Ann Hieb of Scotts Hill, TN, Linda Taylor of Ft. Vermillion, AB, Canada, Sarah Goedtke and husband, Don of Barnesville, MN and Jacob Hieb and wife, Julie of Ekalaka, MT. She had ten step-grandchildren and several step-great-grandchildren.
     Preceding her in death are her two husbands; a daughter, Agnes Veal Oakland; her sons: Frank and Harry Schooler; her parents; a sister, Myrl Berge; a brother, Lyle Mahnke; a step-granddaughter, Sophia Grey Owl, and an infant grandson.


To Be Announced


Saturday, October 24, 2009
11:00 AM
United Methodist Church
Memorial Service
Reliance, South Dakota


To Be Announced

Posted by Harpinder on December 29, 2012
At all costs, I try not to engage in renmgderiins. It's a little bit of a diss, really.. You still have 30 minutes of piano to practice today is sort of like saying, I have to remind you of this because you aren't smart enough to remember yourself. (My boys are 13 and 15.)There are natural consequences (mostly) to their not remembering. Didn't wash the soccer uniform? Wear it dirty. Forgot to take it on game day? Warm the bench. Forgot to practice piano? You'll be awakened at 6AM to practice double. All done with empathy, so they can be mad at themselves and not US.I think they ask things like Will you get me up at 6:00? because they KNOW we're over brain capacity and there's a good chance we won't remember and then they get to blame us. They learn quickly that they'd better take care of things that are truly important, without our help. (Thank God. Now I have room to remember . heck, who was I supposed to call again?)
Posted by Dorothy Wynia Fowler on October 22, 2009
Mrs. Schooler was my teacher at the Black Dog School. She was a terrific teacher who cared about her students. I especially appreciate all the time she spent helping me prepare for the spelling bees I participated in. I remember she would read to us after our lunch break which for me was the best part of our school day. She was the kind of teacher that made a difference in the lives of those who she taught.

Posted by Janet Tiede, CNA of Avera Brady Health & Rehab on October 21, 2009
I wish to extend my sympathy to the family of Arla. I thank you for the privilege of allowing me to care for her at Avera Brady. Arla was a special friend to me as are all the residents in my care. I rejoice for her now in the presence of her Lord and
Savior. May your family also feel His comforting touch as you remember and share together those special times with Arla.
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