April 5, 1932- June 9, 2014
Leonard A. Kistler, C.PP.S, 82 died at 5:30 p.m. Monday June 9, 2014,
at St. Charles Center, Carthagena, Ohio, where he made his home.
He had been in failing health. He was born April 5, 1932, in Ottawa, Ohio, to Linus and Agnes (Brown) Kistler.
entered the Missionaries of the Precious Blood in 1946 at Brunnerdale,
the Missionaries’ minor seminary outside Canton, Ohio, and went on to
study at Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana. He was ordained
on June 10, 1961.
Fr. Kistler served as pastor in the United States and as a missionary to Peru during his years as a priest.
first assignment was as assistant pastor of Holy Rosary Church, Dayton.
He went to Peru to serve in the C.PP.S missions there in 1964,
ministering in parishes in La Oroya and Yauli.
He returned to the
United State in 1973, when he was named associate pastor of Precious
Blood Church in Dayton. From 1978-79, he was a member of the C.PP.S
parish renewal team. In 1979, he was named associate pastor of St.
Augustine Church, Minster, Ohio.
Fr. Kistler served as Blessed
Sacrament Church in Sharps, Florida, and was appointed pastor of the
Church of the Resurrection in Winter Garden, Florida, in 1982, the first
Missionary of the Precious Blood to serve at that parish. He returned
to Ohio in 1989, when he was named assistant pastor of Our Lady of Good
Counsel Church, Cleveland. He ministered at St. Boniface Church, New
Riegel, Ohio, and St. Peter Church, Alvada, Ohio, from 1994-2003.
Kistler retired to St. Charles Center, Carthagena, Ohio in 2003. He
celebrated the golden anniversary of his ordination in 2011.
Kistler is survived by three brothers and their wives: Francis and Betty
Kistler, San Jose, California; Harold and Janet Kistler, Medina; and L.
Charles and Nancy Kistler, Glandorf; two sisters, Rosalia Osterhage,
Kalida and Mary Ann Langhals, Glandorf; a sister-in-law, Philomena
Kistler, Ottawa; numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and
Fr. Kistler was preceded in death by two brothers,
Joseph Kistler and his wife, Rosearlene, and Raymond Kistler; and a
brother-in-law, Eugene Osterhage.
Fr. Kistler was a studious man
with a good sense of humor. He remained close to his large family
throughout his life, carefully tracing family’s roots all the way back
to Germany. He was also faithful to the vocation he felt when he was
still a schoolboy, said his brother, Charles. “When he was still in
grade school, he rode his bicycle to neighboring towns to talk to the
priests there about his vocation,” he said. He was willing and ready to
travel to Peru when sent there by the Community, Charles said; “He
learned the language and covered a lot of ground there to serve the
people and spread the faith.”
A Mass of Christian Burial will be
celebrated at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 13, at St. Charles Center, with Fr.
Larry Hemmelgarn, C.PP.S., presiding. Burial will follow at St. Peter
and Paul Cemetery, Ottawa.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, Cincinnati Province.
Calling hours will be held at St. Charles from 1 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 12, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.