Donald N. Nistler, 76 of Watkins, passed away on Friday, December 20, 2019 at the Hilltop Health Care Center in Watkins. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, December 27, 2019 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday at the St. Anthony Parish Center. A rosary will be prayed at 3:45 p.m. on Thursday at the parish center followed by Watkins Legion Post #453 prayers at 6:30 p.m. and parish prayers at 7:45 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the parish center on Friday. Fr. David Hennen (nephew) and Fr. Aaron Nett will officiate. Music will be by Kathy Pauls and Judy Asfeld. Interment will be in the St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Ertl Funeral Home, Watkins.
Donald Nistler was born on June 12, 1943 at Watkins, Minnesota. He was the son of Alex and Clara (Geislinger) Nistler. Don grew up in Watkins and graduated from St. Boniface High School in Cold Spring in 1961. He served in the U.S. Army from Jan 5, 1963 to May 21, 1963. On October 25, 1969, Don was united in marriage to Carol Hennen at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins. They farmed in Watkins on the Nistler family farm. Don also worked in the trucking, carpentry and construction industry.
Don was a lifelong member of the St. Anthony Catholic Church and was active with the Catholic Order of Foresters. He was also a member of the Watkins American Legion Post #453 and he served as a Forest Prairie Township officer for many years. Don’s hobbies included fishing and hunting, gardening and watching sports. He enjoyed woodworking and building wooden picture frames for Hilltop Health Care Center. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren.
Don is survived by his wife, Carol of Watkins; children, Kimberly Cumming of St. Cloud, Katherine (Todd) Geislinger of Watkins, Craig Nistler of St. Augusta, Lisa Nistler of Plymouth; grandchildren, PFC Noah, Lauren, Ethan and Andrew Cumming, Tyler, Alex and Madeleine Geislinger, Landen Nistler and Brittany Rowe; brother and sisters, Miriam (Ervin) Hennen of Watkins, Harold (Susan) Nistler of Aitkin, Deanna (Chuck) Bauer of Eden Prairie.
He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Jamie Nistler in 1991.
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