Emma Elizabeth Schaubel, age 103, of Sidney, MT Formerly of Miles City, passed away on October 12, 2020 at the Sidney Health Center.
Emma was born on April 21, 1917 in a cabin on the Huntley Irrigation Project, three miles west of Worden, Montana. Her parents were Phillip and Emma Hottigar Rudio. She was born during World War 1, survived the pandemic of 1918, endured the Dust Bowl helping her parents on their family farm, prevailed during the Great Depression, was a bride during World War 2 following her husband from base to base with her infant child, marveled at the onset of the space age, and died during the second global pandemic from cancer.
She attended schools at Huntley Project, graduating from the high school at Worden. She then attended Normal School, then Eastern Montana College, receiving her two-year teaching degree. She obtained her four-year teaching degree in 1962.
She married Arthur E. Schaubel in 1941, and lived in Ryegate, Montana, living with his parents. She taught at the school at Barber and when Art was drafted into the Air Force, she followed him, picking up various jobs to keep busy. She became a mother, having a son, Donald, in July of 1944. After Art’s discharge, they resided in Billings. He worked for Safeway Stores and she taught school. He was transferred to Sidney, then later Miles City in 1950. She resumed teaching in elementary and junior high at the Garfield Roosevelt and Lincoln schools for two years, completing 30 years total of teaching.
She was a well-traveled person. She went to Hawaii, Alaska, the Panama Canal, the Gulf Ports, Caribbean, Yuka Mayan Ruins, France, Switzerland, The Holy Land, New England to see the autumn foliage and Washington D.C. She served as a chaperone for 4-H exchange in Japan and hosted the Japanese chaperone to Montana for a month the following year. During their stay, she guided the Japanese students as they toured various historical sites and areas in Montana.
Emma was a member of the First Lutheran Church since 1950, serving as a Sunday School teacher, Vacation School Superintendent, taught adult Bible classes and served on numerous committees over the years.
The organizations she belonged to were the Miles City Elementary Teachers, NU Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma, MC Women’s Federation Club, S E Montana Retired Teachers, Custer County Extension, Homemaker’s Club, and Eager Beavers Homemaker’s Club. She was the Homemaker Volunteer of the year in 1987.
She volunteered at the Range Rider’s Museum and drop-in Sr. Center for a number of years, as well as serving on committees. She organized an exercise class and a Folk Dance Group for seniors from 1986-1993, taking programs to rest homes, schools, Sr. Center and the Bucking Horse Parade, in fact, she danced on a float while in her 90’s at the Bucking Horse Parade.
Emma is survived by a sister, and Dorothy Brook of Lewistown, MT, and numerous nieces and nephews. She spent the last years living in the Eagles Manor in Miles City, MT. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Marie Minchin and Sophie Wing; and a brother Philip Rudio.
Graveside service will be scheduled in the near future. Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home have been entrusted with arrangements. To leave condolences for the family, visit our website at www.stevensonandsons.com.