Arabelle
Arabelle Stubbe died at her home in Rolling Hills Estates, California, on August 25, 2011. Arabelle was born on September 7, 1922, in Minnesota to James and Reba Robertson. She was the eldest of four children. She attended school in Minneapolis and graduated from Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis in 1940. After high school graduation, Arabelle attended Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Arabelle graduated from Macalester in 1944 and subsequently taught English and History in several different Minnesota high schools. In 1954 Arabelle moved to California and began teaching English at Orange High School in Orange, California. Two years later, on June 15, 1956, Arabelle married Clair Stubbe and moved to the South Bay area. She began teaching English at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach the same year. Arabelle taught English at Mira Costa for approximately sixteen years and then became a Vice-Principal at Aviation High School in the same school district. Arabelle retired in 1982 when Aviation High School closed. Arabelle enjoyed literature, gardening, travel and the theater. She was a season subscriber to the Center Theater Group plays at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles for over 40 years. Arabelle is survived by a sister, Jean Williamson of Bloomington, Minnesota; numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, as well as three brothers-in-law. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Clair Stubbe, a brother, James Robertson, and a sister, Elizabeth Schaffer. No memorial service is planned at the present time. A Visitation for Arabelle Stubbe will be held at the White & Day Colonial Mortuary in Redondo Beach on Saturday, September 3, 2011, from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation, the Mira Costa High School Scholarship Fund or to the Center Theater Group in Los Angeles.

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  1. Sorry to hear of Arabelle’s passing. I enjoyed visiting with her during their visits to Minnesota. She was a very kind lady.

  2. I am so sorry of Arabelle’s passing. She was very dear to me. After she retired, we would go out to lunch with Neva Powell (who passed on last year) and Florence Marshall. The four of us had a great time every month or so when we would get together and catch up on news etc. during lunch. Unfortunately, we could see shortly after Claire passed that she started her decline. Nevertheless we still got her to go out to lunch (Florence would bring her) until she no longer was able. I spent close to ten years teaching at Aviation. She was a fantastic vice principal, always looking out for the benefit of the students and the school. We had a lot of interactions during that time. I always looked up to her and saw her as if she were my “big sister”. I have missed her so much lately and will always have her in my heart. My condolences to her family

  3. I always enjoyed visiting with Arabelle. She was a very classy and gentle woman. I am sorry to see that she has passed, but now she is at peace. My sincere sympathy to her family.

  4. “Mrs. Stubbe” was my senior English teacher at Mira Costa High School during the school year 1960/61. I remember her as a teacher who was pretty tolerant of those of her students — me being one — who had yet to learn how to write the English language while employing words of more than one syllable. English was not my best subject, yet I enjoyed attending her class. In early September of 1970 when I was 26, and having completed two years of active duty in the Army that spring, and having just finished touring Europe, Russia and Japan that summer, my mother told me that Mrs. Stubbe was an Administrator at Aviation High School, which was where my sister Amber was a student at the time; and so, after driving Amber to school one morning, I walked over to the AHS admin building to say hello to Arabelle. Upon finding out that I was an architecture grad from Cal-Berkeley, she mentioned that Aviation had more students signed up to take drafting classes that year than they had instructors, and asked if I might like to be a part-time drafting instructor for the forthcoming school year. It sounded to me like it might be fun, and I didn’t feel like dashing out to look for work in an architect’s office right away, and so I agreed. The classes I taught were during the first two hours of the school day. Teaching was an enjoyable adventure. The kids were always interesting, and the small income came in handy. During the fall semester, I took a couple classes at El Camino College in the afternoon for fun, and during the spring semester, I found afternoon work at an architecture office in Palos Verdes, where the illustrative work given me was interesting and fairly free of gruesome deadlines. During that year, I bunked at my folks’ place, in Manhattan Beach, and in the evenings I went out often with various fellow MCHS grads who lived in the area. Everything considered, it was a very pleasant year; I remember it still; and I owe a lot of it to that meeting I had with kindly Arabelle Stubbe, in her office at Aviation High School in the early fall of 1970. I’ll remember her.

  5. Dear Aunt Arabelle, I knew you since I was 6 months old! We shared a lot of good times with Uncle Clair and our family over the years; holidays, birthdays, births, weddings, anniversaries, and deaths. I am so sad for your passing, but you were a great and loving lady and I enjoyed having you and Uncle Clair as a part of our extended family! You will be in my heart and a treasured memory forever. Be at peace, and say hi! to dad and Uncle Clair. Love, Carol

  6. My most heartfelt sympathies and condolences to all of the family, loved ones, and friends of Mrs. Stubbe. She was an exceptional person who treated us students at AHS with dignity and respect.

  7. Arabelle… Arabelle was a wonderful and inspiring person, and the Aunt to David Schaffer, my husband. I will always be grateful to both Arabelle, and Claire for supporting and encourging me to pursue my career as an artist. In life, there are always forks in the road, and, at those places, it seems there are always instrumental relationships that help a person choose which way to go. Arebelle and Claire helped me to choose the path that truly resonated with me. I am a working metal sculptor now, and I do attribute much of my success to Arabelle and Claire, and some other wonderful and supportive friends and family. Thank you both, for all of our wonderful conversations about art, and for all of your encouragement. I will miss you both. Thank you also, for being so good to David throughout his life. You were also a huge inspiration to him as well. We love you, Heidi and David

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