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Local priest killed in accident

Community responds to death of Father Tasler

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Local priest killed in accident

Father Mark Tasler

YORK — A Mass has been scheduled in memory of Father Mark Tasler at the St. Joseph's Catholic Church in York, for Wednesday, April 14, at 7 p.m. It was incorrectly stated in Thursday¹s paper that the memorial was held this past Wednesday. The community is invited to attend the memorial service next week.

Father Mark Tasler, the pastor at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in York, was killed in a one-vehicle accident Tuesday evening, April 6.

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According to Deb Collins, spokesperson for the Nebraska State Patrol, a trooper came upon the scene shortly after 10:30 p.m., at milemarker 382, on Interstate 80, near the Milford interchange.
Collins said the westbound 2004 Honda Accord had left the righthand side of the roadway and struck two pine trees.
She said Father Tasler, 55, was pronounced dead at the scene. 
The trooper said seatbelts were in use. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.
Father Tasler has been the pastor at the York parish since June 14, 2006. He was in Nebraska City for 10 years, prior to moving to York, where he was pastor of St. Benedict Church and the high school principal of Lourdes Central Catholic.
A native of Lohrville, Iowa, he went to work for Frontier Airline in Denver, Colo., following high school. He spent 11 years with the company, as a ticket agent and in operations. He told Marcia Schlegelmilch in an earlier interview for the York News-Times that he was able to do a lot of traveling, but he “couldn’t help thinking there was more to life.
“The good Lord was working on me,” he said. “Then I realized I could go anywhere, the world was small. There must be more to this life. A lot of the things that I do now have ramifications that go beyond this life and that is very fulfilling. To help other people put that in perspective.”
Father Tasler received his degree in general studies and humanities at Mt. St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg, Md. He also held master degrees in theology and divinity.
Father Tasler said his decision to become a priest came later in life for him than most, as he was ordained in 1990.
“Really, this life is a counter culture to some degree,” he said in the earlier interview. “It makes a lot more sense since I have experienced some things in life.”
From 1990-96, he served three parishes in Lincoln as assistant priest, served a parish in Bellwood and a rural congregation near David City. During those six years, he continued his education at the University of Nebraska, obtaining a degree in education administration in 1997.
Father Tasler, besides being the pastor of the local church, was also the superintendent of St. Joseph’s Catholic School.
“It's so hard to talk about Father Tasler like he's not here,” Gayle Kloewer, school secretary, said Wednesday from her office. “I'm expecting him to come down the hall and give me a bad time. He had such a great sense of humor. He really cared about everybody, how they were feeling, what was going on in their lives, if there was anything he could do for them.”

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