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Father Edward Aloys Nistler

Father Edward Aloys Nistler, 83, died Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston.

He was born on Aug. 1, 1925 to George A. and Anna (Mahowald) Nistler. He was raised in Shooks and graduated from Kelliher High School in 1943. He attended St. John's University at Collegeville from 1944-46, and St. Paul Seminary from 1947-54. He was ordained at St. Ann's Church, Blackduck, on Saturday, June 5, 1954 by the Most Reverend Francis J. Schenk, D.D., J.C.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Crookston. He read his first Solemn High Mass in St. Ann's Church before an overflow crowd of four hundred people.

His first assignment was to the Cathedral Church in Crookston as Associate Pastor. His career in the priesthood has spanned over many years and numerous locations. He continued as Associate Pastor in Crookston for a short time until his assignment as Associate at St. Joseph, Red Lake Falls, where he ministered from 1954-55. In 1955, he was reassigned to St. Peter's, Park Rapids, for two years. In the summer of 1957, he took a new position as Associate at St. Joseph, Ada, and St. Lawrence, Felton, where he stayed until 1965. During his final year at St. Joseph he became Administrator. St. John's, Akeley, and Immaculate Conception, Nevis, was his first assignment as Pastor. He served in the dual parishes from 1965-71. In 1971, he became pastor of SS. Peter and Paul Church, Warren.

On June 6, 1979 he was honored on the silver jubilee of his ordination to the priesthood at a 25th anniversary Thanksgiving Mass. During his years at SS. Peter and Paul, he also took on St. Mary, Radium, from 1971-79, and St. Mary, Euclid, from 1979-81. He left SS. Peter and Paul to take a new position as Pastor of St. Joseph parish in Oslo. As Administrator of St. Francis de Sales, Moorhead, he spent only one year, from 1983-84. He then moved to pastor the parishes of St. Joseph, Bagley, Our Lady of Victory, Shevlin, and Sacred Heart, Wilton, from 1984-91. He took his final assignment, returning as Pastor of St. John's, Akeley, Immaculate Conception, Nevis and St. Theodore parish in Laporte. He spent six years serving in those parishes until his retirement from the priesthood on July 1, 1997.

He lived most of his retirement years in the Rectory of St. Philip's, Bemidji where he helped out from time to time. On June 18, 2004 he was honored at the church of St. Philip's, Bemidji for 50 years in the priesthood. He had been living at the Villa, St. Vincent, Crookston, since 2006. He was a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1544 in Bemidji.

He is survived by four sisters: Catherine (Myron) Radermacher, of Wadena, Sister Ruth, of Little Falls, Lucille Dockendorf, of Blackduck, and Theresa (Dale) Brummer, of The Villages, Fla.; a brother, Andrew (Anna), of Kelliher; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters: Mary Daigle and Sister Florence; two brother-in-laws: Vincent Daigle and Robert Dockendorf; and an infant sister, Cecelia.

Honorary casket bearers: All his nieces and nephews.

Active casket bearers: Michael and Anthony Nistler, Joseph Radermacher, Matt Dockendorf, and Paul and Edward Daigle.

Mass of Christian Burial: Friday, March 20 at St. Philip's Catholic Church in Bemidji with the Most Reverend, Bishop Michael Hoeppner officiating.

Burial: St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Shooks.

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