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Father Tasler, Pastor of York St. Joseph, Dies in Car Accident April 6

YORK (SNR) - Father Mark Tasler, pastor of St. Joseph Parish in York, died April 6 as the result of a car accident.

According to the Nebraska State Patrol, Father Tasler’s car apparently left Interstate 80 near the Milford exchange and struck a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Father Tasler was 55.

Born in Lake City, Iowa in 1954, Father Tasler attended high school in Lohrville, Iowa. After graduation he worked for Frontier Airlines for a number of years. He attended Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md. for theological studies.

He was ordained a priest May 26, 1990 by Bishop Glennon Flavin. Father Tasler served as assistant pastor of Blessed Sacrament and St. Patrick parishes in Lincoln and the St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center on the UNL campus. While assistant pastor of these parishes he was also a teacher of religion at Pius X High School. During his time at the Newman Center he was also assistant director of vocations for the diocese.

In 1994 he was appointed pastor of Presentation Parish in rural Bellwood (Marietta) and a teacher at Aquinas Catholic Schools in David City.

In 1996 he was appointed pastor of St. Benedict Parish in Nebraska City and principal of Lourdes Catholic Schools in Nebraska City. He was appointed pastor of St. Joseph Parish in York in 2006. Father Tasler was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Father Tasler is survived by his parents, Norman and Norma (Arlene) Tasler; sisters Jolene (Bob) Keiter and Sister Marie Jacqueline C.K.; brothers Mike (Kathy) Tasler and Matt (Joan) Tasler; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A rosary was recited Friday, April 9 at the Cathedral of the Risen Christ in Lincoln. Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz was the principal celebrant of Father Tasler’s Mass of Christian Burial at the Cathedral April 10. Burial was in the priests’ section of Calvary Cemetery in Lincoln. Butherus, Maser and Love Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are directed to the School Sisters of Christ the King, St. Gregory the Great Seminary, or Mass offerings.

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