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Joseph E. Pistulka

Feb. 11, 1915 - Sept. 1, 2008

REDWOOD FALLS -- Joseph E. Pistulka, 93, of Redwood Falls, died Monday at the Redwood Area Hospital in Redwood Falls.

The service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Seaforth. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the church, with a 6:30 p.m. prayer service, and one hour prior to the service Thursday. Arrangements are by Redwood Valley Funeral Home of Redwood Falls.

He was born Feb. 11, 1915, in Hecla, S.D., to Anton and Mary (Kramer) Pistulka. He attended the village school of Seaforth, graduating in 1929. He worked the family farm until he was drafted into the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942 and served until 1945. He served in the South Seas during World War II.

He married Maxine Castle on July 18, 1951, in Ghent. He purchased the Seaforth Grocery Store which he owned for three years, and then bought the Mobile Oil business in Seaforth where he worked until retirement. He also drove school bus. They moved to Redwood Falls in the last decade.

He played in the Knights of Harmony Band and the Pistulka/Kramer Orchestra. He was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters and the Seaforth American Legion.

He is survived by his wife; children: Robbie Schubert of Ames, Iowa, Mary Kay Pistulka of Wabasso, Roxanne (and Jeff) Bittner of Redwood Falls, Brian (and Marge) Pistulka of Coral Springs, Fla., Judy (and Mike) Kaplan of Middletown, Conn., Stephanie (and Daryl) Fladhammer of Wabasso, Valerie (and Louis) Serrano of Dana Point, Calif., Jolene (and Donn) Fahey of Fairfax, Bradley Pistulka of Eagle Lake; nine grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and two sisters: Gertrude Wurscher of Redwood Falls and Dorothy Soupir of Marshall.

He was preceded in death by one son-in-law, David Schubert; four brothers; and three sisters.