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.