June 3, 2019


Father Dale Koster, 94, of Carroll, died Friday, May 31, 2019, at St. Anthony Nursing Home in Carroll.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 4, at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Breda. The celebrant will be the Most Rev. R. Walker Nickless, bishop of the Diocese of Sioux City. Concelebrants will be the priests of the Diocese of Sioux City. Music will be by Marilyn Hundling and the St. Bernard Choir. Lector will be Sister LuAnn Hannasch, RSM. Gift bearers will be Alice Thielen and Anita Hannasch. Casket bearers will be Wade Thielen, Douglas Hannasch, Ray Koster, Lyle Staiert, Loren Schroeder and Craig Koster. Burial will be at the parish cemetery. The Carroll 4th Degree Knights of Columbus will form an honor guard for the Mass.

Friends may call after 4 p.m. Monday at St. Bernard Church in Breda, where a rosary will be prayed at 5 p.m. and a Christian Wake Service will be held at 7 p.m. Visitation on Tuesday morning at the church

will be from 9:30 to 10:15.

Funeral arrangements are under the guidance of Sharp Funeral Home in Breda, and online condolences may be left for Father Dale’s family atwww.sharpfuneral.com.

The Rev. Dale Koster, son of Clem and Hazel (Van Erdewyk) Koster, was born on Aug.19, 1924, on the family farm between Arcadia and Breda, Iowa. He graduated from St. Bernard High School in Breda in 1942. After high school he worked on the farm for four years before enrolling at Trinity College in Sioux City. He spent one year there before enrolling at Loras College in Dubuque where he lettered in baseball, and graduated in 1950. Father Koster then attended Conception Seminary in Conception, Missouri, and he was ordained to priesthood on May 5, 1954, by the Most Rev. Joseph M. Mueller. After his ordination he attended Creighton University in Omaha, where he obtained his master of science degree and certification as principal and superintendent in education.

Father Koster’s assignments as an assistant pastor included: St. Mary Parish, Danbury; St. Cecelia Parish, Algona; Sacred Heart Parish, Templeton; and St. Joseph Parish, Carroll, where he also taught at Kuemper Catholic High School for three years. His assignments as pastor included: Sacred Heart Parish, Alvord; St. Mary Parish, Doon; superintendent of schools, St. Edmond Catholic High School, Fort Dodge, three years; Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Mount Carmel, seven years; St. Mary Parish, Armstrong, 12 years; and St. Joseph Parish, Lohrville, 10 years. Father Koster retired from active ministry in 1996.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and playing cards.

Survivors include his siblings: Alma Schroeder of Elma, Anita (Duane) Hannasch of Carroll, Urban (Patricia) Koster of Breda, Norma Jean Ludwig of Denison, Myrna (Van) Schmidt of Three Forks, Montana, and Alice Thielen of Carroll; brother-in-law Otmar Bierl of Arcadia; as well as many nieces, nephews, and other extended family.

Father Dale was preceded in death by his parents, Clem and Hazel Koster; brothers Floyd and Teresa (Garcia) Koster, Edgar and Delores (Bachman) Koster, Jerome and Wilda Jean (Black) Koster; sisters Pearl and Irvin Staiert, Elaine Bierl and Helen Bertrend; two siblings in infancy: Margaret Mary and Leo; brothers-in-law Ivan Schroeder, Romaine Ludwig and Franklin Thielen; nephews Patrick Koster, Mark Koster, John Ludwig and Joseph Thielen; and nieces: Kristy Koster, and Donna McBride.