The Rev. Edward Aloys Nistler, 83, of Crookston, died Wednesday, March 18, 2009, at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston.
He was born Aug. 1, 1925, in Albany, Minn., the son of George A. and Anna (Mahowald) Nistler. He was raised in Shooks, Minn., and graduated from Kelliher High School in 1943. He attended St. John's University at Collegeville from 1944-46, and the St. Paul Seminary from 1947-54. He was ordained at St. Ann's Church, Blackduck, Saturday, June 5, 1954, by the Rev. Francis J. Schenk, Bishop of the Diocese of Crookston. He read his first Solemn High Mass in St. Ann's Church before an overflow crowd of 400. After a week vacation, he began his first assignment to the Cathedral Church in Crookston as 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, Red Lake Falls, where he ministered during 1954-55. In 1955, he was reassigned to St. Peter, Park Rapids, for two years. In summer 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's, he became administrator. St. John, 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 Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Warren, Minn. During his years there, he also took on St. Mary, Radium, from 1971-79, and St. Mary, Euclid, from 1979-81. He left Sts. 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, 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. 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 enjoyed camping and camping with youth groups. He loved fishing and going on canoe trips.
The Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, March 20 at the Church of St. Philip's in Bemidji, with the Rev. Michael Hoeppner officiating. Pallbearers included Michael Nistler, Anthony Nistler, Joseph Radermacher, Matt Dockendorf, Paul Daigle and Edward Daigle. Honorary pallbearers were all of his nieces and nephews. Interment is in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Shooks, Minn. Arrangements were with the Cease Family Funeral Home, Blackduck, Minn.
Survivors include his sisters, Catherine (Myron) Radermacher of Wadena, Sr. Ruth Nistler of Little Falls, Lucille Dockendorf of Blackduck and Theresa (Dale) Brummer of The Villages, Fla.; brother Andrew (Anna) Nistler of Kelliher, Minn.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Mary Daigle, Sr. Florence Nistler; brothers-in-law, Vincent Daigle and Robert Dockendorf; and infant sister, Cecelia Nistler.