Sister Ruth Ann Nistler, 81

obit-Nistler-Sr-Ruth-2Sister Ruth Ann Nistler passsed away July 20, 2013, at the Grand Itasca Hospital in Grand Rapids.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Francis Convent Wednesday, July 24.

Sister Ruth was born March 9, 1932, in St. Cloud. She was the sixth of eight children born to the late George and Anna (Mahowald) Nistler. She was accepted as a Franciscan Sister of Little Falls, July 31, 1951. She made her first profession of vows Aug. 12, 1953, and final vows Aug. 12, 1956. She was a Franciscan Sister for 61 years. Sister Ruth was a person who loved to share her life and talents with other people. She had a deep love and admiration for the people she ministered to in South America and said that she received more from them than she was able to give to them. She had a great desire to reach the total self-giving, wholeness and holiness to which God called her. When she celebrated her golden jubilee she said, “In a way I feel that I have just begun. I look forward to the coming years as a continuing effort toward the lifelong goal of becoming conformed to Christ.” Sister Ruth received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the College of St. Catherine, St. Paul and a master’s degree in religious education/pastoral ministry from Fordham University, New York. She also studied at the College of St. Scholastica, Duluth; the College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph and the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul. Sister Ruth ministered as an elementary teacher, foreign missionary, library assistant, pastoral minister, director of religious education, receptionist, music and liturgy coordinator, pastoral associate and Hispanic minister. She served in Waite Park, St. Cloud, Osakis, Little Falls and Princeton; Yunguyo, Peru; Maracay, Venezuela; Diboll, Texas.; Huntingdon, Tenn.

Survivors include her siblings, Catherine Radermacher of Wadena, Lucille Dockendorf Hines, Theresa (Dale) Brummer, The Villages, Fla.; sister-in-law, Anna Nistler of Northome; nieces, nephews and her Franciscan Community.

Sister Ruth was preceded in death by her siblings: Mary Daigle, Reverend Edward, Andrew and Sister Florence, OSF. Donations to Franciscan Sisters Ministries are preferred.

Emblom-Brenny Funeral Home