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Rev. Fr. Edward Aloys Nistler

Rev. Fr. Edward Aloys Nistler, 83, of Crookston, Minn., formerly of Bemidji, died Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at St. Philip's Catholic Church in Bemidji, with the Most Reverend Bishop Michael Hoeppner officiating. A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. today, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Blackduck. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at St. Philip's. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Shooks, Minn.

The pallbearers will be Michael Nistler, Anthony Nistler, Joseph Radermacher, Matt Dockendorf, Paul Daigle and Edward Daigle.

Honorary pallbearers will be all of his nieces and nephews.

He was born 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 in Collegeville, Minn., from 1944-1946. He attended the St. Paul Seminary from 1947-54. He was ordained at St. Ann's Church in Blackduck 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 400 people. He was assigned to the Cathedral Church in Crookston as an associate pastor. His career in the priesthood spanned many years and numerous locations. He continued as associate in Crookston for a short time until his assignment as associate at St. Joseph's Church in Red Lake Falls, Minn., where he ministered from 1954-1955. In 1955, he was reassigned to St. Peter's Church in Park Rapids for two years. In the summer of 1957, he took a new position as associate at St. Joseph's Church in Ada, Minn., and St. Lawrence Church in Felton, Minn., where he stayed until 1965. During his final year at St. Joseph's he became administrator. His first assignments as a pastor were at St. John's in Akeley and Immaculate Conception in Nevis. He served in the dual parishes from 1965-71. In 1971, he became pastor of SS. Peter and Paul Church in Warren, Minn. 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's Church in Radium, Minn., from 1971-79, and St. Mary's Church in Euclid, Minn., from 1979-81. He left SS. Peter and Paul to take a new position as pastor of St. Joseph's parish in Oslo, Minn. He was an administrator at St. Francis de Sales Church in Moorhead from 1983-84. He moved to the parishes of St. Joseph's Church in Bagley, Our Lady of Victory Church in Shevlin and Sacred Heart Church in Wilton from 1984-91. His final assignment was as pastor of St. John's Church in Akelely, Immaculate Conception in Nevis and St. Theodore Parish in Laporte. He spent six years serving in those parishes until his retirement from the priesthood July 1, 1997. He lived most of his retirement years in the Rectory of St. Philip's Catholic Church in Bemidji, where he helped out from time to time. On June 18, 2004, he was honored at St. Philip's for 50 years in the priesthood. He had been living at the Villa, St. Vincent in Crookston since 2006. He was a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus Council No. 1544 in Bemidji. He enjoyed camping, fishing and canoe trips. He also enjoyed camping trips with youth groups.

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

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Mary Daigle, Sister Florence Nistler; and an infant sister, Cecelia Nistler; and two brothers-in-law.

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