PAUL ANTHONY STAHLER, M.D.
Paul Anthony Stahler, M.D., a resident of Jordan, Minn., passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones, at his home on June 28th at the age of 90.
Paul Anthony Stahler was born to John and Martha (Lambert) Stahler on May 26th, 1923, in Morris, Minn. The seventh of eight children, he was raised on a farm in Chokio, Minn. and attended Alberta High School. After his sophomore year at St. John's University in Collegeville, Dr. Stahler left college in order to enlist in the U.S. Navy in 1942, after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He completed his college education at John Carroll University in Ohio. Dr. Stahler furthered his studies of medicine at Marquette University in Milwaukee in 1947. He completed his medical internship at Jersey City Medical Center in New Jersey, and he did surgical residency in Wisconsin.
While attending medical school at Marquette, Paul met and later married Dr. Elizabeth Rieschl. The couple came to Jordan in 1949, opening their medical practice on November 1st that same year. The couple raised nine children on their hobby farm in Jordan.
After practicing medicine in Jordan for 25 years, Dr. Stahler opened a new medical clinic in January, 1975. The Amo Vitae Clinic later became known as the Jordan Medical Clinic. Dr. Stahler practiced there until his retirement in 1985 after 36 years of being the Jordan physician. He delivered countless numbers of babies and saved numerous lives. While in practice, Dr. Stahler served as the Scott County Coroner for 16 years. He often had the difficult task of informing families of the death of loved ones and did so with great empathy.
Throughout his life in Jordan, Dr. Stahler had been a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of the Jordan Commercial Club and the Scott-Carver Thresher's Association, where he had many friends. Dr. Stahler was always a great supporter of the Jordan community, attending to injured athletes at Jordan's high school sporting events, volunteering to do monthly blood pressure checks for Jordan senior citizens at the Schule House, and teaching classes about life changes and religious education at the Catholic school.
Every Lenten season, Dr. Stahler was passionate about traveling to state-wide churches to give his presentation on the suffering and crucifixion of Christ from a medical doctor's perspective. Dr. Stahler loved farm animals and raised miniature horses and donkeys, potbellied pigs, peacocks, and St. Bernard dogs while living at his home on Maple Lane. Many school and daycare groups came to experience the free petting zoo at "Doc Stahler's." When Dr. Stahler sold his home and moved to the Sioux Vista Development, he had his barn moved out to the Thresher's grounds. Dr. Stahler's other hobbies included making maple syrup, planting trees, camping, hunting, fishing and exploring the history of Native Americans in Minnesota. Dr. Stahler estimated planting between 1,500 and 2,000 pine trees in the Jordan area almost every year for 40 years.
Dr. Stahler was very proud of the accomplishments that his children and grandchildren achieved -- many in medical or helping professions - including Dr. Paul A. Stahler II and Dr. Paul A. Stahler III. Dr. Stahler has survived by his children: Beth (Dick Pauly), Dr. Emilie Stahler, Barbara Stahler (Michael Richards), Dr. Paul (Sheila) Stahler, Ruth Stahler, Dr. Margaret Stahler, John Stahler, Carole Cole, Peter Stahler (Inga Schroeder); eleven grandsons; seven granddaughters; three great-granddaughters; brother-in-law, Robert Wolf; sister-in-law, Pat Rieschl. He was preceded in death by his infant son, Joseph; parents; three sisters, Martha Stahler, Ann Dorweiler, Jeanne Richards; brothers, Leonard, Lambert, Thomas, James; and an infant brother, Jackie; brother and sister-in laws.
Pallbearers for Dr. Stahler will be grandchildren; Anne Pauly, Jameen Hudelson, Galen Richards, Barbara Kattar, Katie Stahler, and Alex Cole. Honorary Pallbearer; Leonard Boetefuer.
Special Thanks to loving friends and care providers, Mary Ann Bauer, Ruth and Roman Hoofhower, Dorothy Jelen, Pauline Kerber and her children, Maureen Moriarty and Mary Hennes. Community Home Health and Allina Home Hospice.
Mass of Christian burial will be Saturday at 11 a.m. from St. John The Baptist Catholic Church, in Jordan, with visitation on Friday from 4-8 p.m. at the church. Visitation also 1 hour prior to the funeral Mass on Saturday. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, in Jordan. Funeral arrangements are with the Wagner Funeral Home of Jordan. #952-492-3366.