Mary Arbach was teacher in Campbell Co.
Mass of Christian Burial for Mary Arbach, 94, of Herreid, was held Saturday, May 10, 2014, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Herreid.
Burial was in the church cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.
Mary passed away Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at the Strasburg Care Center in Strasburg, N.D.
Born Mary Josephine to John P. and Anna Brandner/Huber, on a farm four miles west of Herreid on Sept. 8, 1919, she was the second daughter, after Laura Libis, and preceded siblings, Art, Leonard, Anna Marie and George. She grew up and attended country schools with her brothers and sisters until she entered and graduated from Herreid High School.
After high school, Mary taught in local country schools on the type of teaching permit, which was customary at the time. Realizing that she was liked and was well suited to it, she enrolled and completed two years of further schooling at Mount Marty College in Yankton. Following that, she returned to Herreid to continue teaching in those same country schools until moving to Chicago for a while during WWII. After a couple years she returned to Herreid, where she worked with Irene Lang/Arbach in the Office of Price Administration, the rationing program that was in effect during the war.
Before long, Mary met and married Albert Arbach, originally from the area of Hoven. The couple started a small family with sons Mark, Greg and Dan. During this time Mary was a fulltime wife and mother, but eventually returned to those one-room schools she had enjoyed, taking Dan along as the only kindergartener. In 1955, she began teaching first grade in the Herreid school system, where she continued happily for the next 30 years.
Because she had started with a permit based on two years of college, Mary continued her own education by attending summer sessions at Black Hills State Teachers College in Spearfish, with three small boys in tow. Challenged to find entertaining activities for her little band, Mary characteristically took her boys to participate in activities such as the Black Hills Passion Play, where she and they played extras in the crowd scenes, dressed in robes and turbans, and watching the action on stage through cracks in the scenery. Transferring to Northern State College in Aberdeen when her sons began pursuing their own summer activities, Mary eventually completed a bachelor’s and master’s degree in history and education.
Mary was always active in the community, an enthusiastic member of the school staff, and a ready participant in church activities. She retired in 1984 and enjoyed traveling, with trips to such places as the farm in Bavaria where her grandfather, Johann Baptist Huber, originated. Mary became a resident of Herreid Good Samaritan Center in 2009 and enjoyed her time in that community until incapacity took her to the Strasburg Care Center where she was cared for with great love until she passed away on the afternoon of May 7.
Mary is survived by her sons, Mark and Dan (Joan) Arbach; daughter-in-law, Barbara Ebert/Arbach; grandsons, Jonathan (Maren), Ian (Stephanie) and Erik Arbach, and Kyle Meyers; and great-grandchildren, Ben, Kassidy, Zachary and Kendra Arbach; was well as sister, Anna Marie Hilt of Ocean Springs, Kan.; and brother, George Huber of Herreid.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert; son, Greg; brothers, Art and Leonard; and sister, Laura Libis.