|Birth: ||Jun. 13, 1930|
|Death: ||Mar. 16, 2009|
Father Celestine Pistulka age 78 formerly of Seaforth went to his eternal reward on Monday, March 16, 2009 at Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, March 23 at 11:00 AM at St. Mary's Catholic Church is Seaforth.
Visitation will be held 5:00 – 8:00 PM Sunday at the church, with a prayer service held at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services on Monday. Interment is in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.The Redwood Valley Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Celestine Charles Pistulka was born June 13, 1930 to Stephen and Susan (Bernardy) Pistulka at Seaforth, MN. Celestine was baptized, received his Holy Communion and was confirmed in St. Mary's Catholic Church in Seaforth. Growing up on a farm, Celestine was an altar server, and completed 8 years of grade school at Dist. 104 in Seaforth. After 6 years at Nazareth Hall he attended the St. Paul Seminary. He was ordained a Catholic priest on June 2, 1956 at the St. Paul Cathedral for the Archdiocese of St. Paul by Archbishop James J Byrne. He said his first Mass in St. Mary's in Seaforth. In 1957 under the newly formed Diocese of New Ulm, father Celestine served parishes throughout the diocese. His first assignment was at the Church of St. Mary, New Ulm in 1957 followed by Church of St. Mary, Bechyn; Church of St. John Cantius, Wilno; Church of Immaculate Conception, St. Peter; Church of St. Mary, New Ulm; Church of St. Anthony, Watkins; Church of Our Lady Victory, Lucan; Church of St. Michael, Milroy; Church of St. Mathias, Wanda; Church of Holy Name, Vesta; Church of the Holy Redeemer, Marshall; and Divine Providence Chapel, Sleepy Eye. In 2006, he celebrated 50 years of priesthood in his home parish in Seaforth.
Father Celestine absolutely loved his priesthood, sharing the gospel, serving his people, administering the sacraments and celebrating Mass. He was a spiritual region moderator for the Council of Catholic Women and spiritual leader for Retrouvaille for married couples. He was a Knight of Columbus and a CAA member. Father Celestine had a ready smile and a good sense of humor. He loved to golf, to walk and to enjoy nature and the outdoors. He enjoyed baseball, playing cards, and was an avid reader. After retirement to Sleepy Eye, MN, he lived at Lake Villa Maria celebrating daily mass until 2008. Then he resided at Divine Providence Community Home.
Rev. Celestine Pistulka is survived by his siblings and their spouses: Rose Pistulka of Willmar; Cletus (Marlys) Pistulka of Rosemount; Felicitas Rohlik of Tucson, Arizona; Collette (Richard) Irlbeck of Redwood Falls; and Emery (Bernadine) Pistulka of Vesta, and many nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death are his parents, his brother Cleo Pistulka, brother-in-law David Rohlik; and classmates & friends Fr. Richard Wirth and Fr. Merle Monnens.
Saint Marys Cemetery
Created by: Dave Weiss
Record added: Jun 26, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 38769551
God Bless You Father you are with Jesus our Savior in the Chalice of Heaven! Greet Fr. Merle and Bishop Schladweiler for all of us!|
Added: Jun. 26, 2009