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Celestine C. Pistulka June 13, 1930 - March 16, 2009

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SEAFORTH -- The Rev. Celestine Charles Pistulka, 78, formerly of Seaforth, died Monday at Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye.

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The service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Seaforth. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the church, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m., and one hour prior to the service Monday. Arrangements are by Redwood Valley Funeral Home of Redwood Falls.

He was born June 13, 1930, in Seaforth to Stephen and Susan (Bernardy) Pistulka. Growing up on a farm, he completed eight years of grade school at District 104 in Seaforth. After six 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 and said his first Mass in St. Mary's in Seaforth.

In 1957, under the newly formed Diocese of New Ulm, he served parishes throughout the diocese. His first assignment was at the Church of St. Mary, New Ulm, in 1957. Among his other assignments were the Church of St. Mary in Bechyn and the Church of St. Anthony in Watkins. In 2006, he celebrated 50 years of priesthood in his home parish in Seaforth. After retirement to Sleepy Eye, he lived at Lake Villa Maria, celebrating daily Mass until 2008. Then he resided at Divine Providence Community Home.

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.

He is survived by his siblings: Rose Pistulka of Willmar, Cletus (and Marlys) Pistulka of Rosemount, Felicitas Rohlik of Tucson, Ariz., Collette (and Richard) Irlbeck of Redwood Falls, and Emery (and Bernadine) Pistulka of Vesta.

He was preceded in death by one brother.

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