ALLOUEZ — One of Deacon Cyril “Bud” Klister’s favorite passages from the prophet Micah served as his motto: “All you have to do is act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with your God.”
Deacon Klister died Oct. 2 at age 75. He was ordained a deacon for the Diocese of Green Bay by Bishop Robert Banks on May 25, 2002, at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Green Bay. Deacon Klister served as a deacon at Holy Name Parish, Kimberly, from 2002 to 2007 and Holy Spirit Parish, Kimberly/Darboy, from 2007 until the time of his death.
Following graduation from Kaukauna High School in 1964, Deacon Klister, a native of Hollandtown, attended Sacred Heart Seminary, Oneida, and St. Paul Seminary, St. Paul, Minn. While Deacon Klister enjoyed formation, he decided that the priesthood was not his vocation.
“I pursued other paths,” he told The Compass in an interview prior to his diaconate ordination. “There was always parish involvement in some capacity.”
Deacon Klister married Dolores “Dee” Dvorachek at St. Mary Church, Reedsville, on Aug. 10, 1979. During his life of service, he was employed by Bellin Hospital, Green Bay; Villa Phoenix and Klister House, Appleton; Private Industry Council, Appleton; and the Housing Authority/Golden Ventures, Kaukauna. Deacon Klister earned a master’s in public administration from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and a master’s in theological studies from St. Norbert College, De Pere.
For many years, Deacon Klister did not consider the diaconate due to family responsibilities and his busy work schedule . A priest asked him about becoming a deacon following a Renew group meeting.
“I tried to forget the question, but somehow, it seemed to haunt me,” he said. “After talking it over with my wife, I decided to give it a try.”
Deacon Klister’s impact on the parish community will live on for years to come, said Fr. Carl Schmitt, pastor at Holy Spirit.
“I recall the first time I met Deacon Bud. I saw in him a very holy and humble presence which immediately intrigued me,” he said. “My first thought was, ‘I have some work to do to try to rise to his level of holiness.’ I have been immensely blessed to work with Deacon Bud these last couple of years. He will be greatly missed here at Holy Spirit Parish. He has made this parish more united with our Lord through his powerful example of a true disciple of Christ.”
Deacon Klister is survived by his wife of 42 years, Dee; two sons and their families: Andrew Cyril (Caitlin Feiereisen) and children Natalie Grace, Norah Mary and Charles Cyril, and Edward Cyril (Laura Russo) and children Cyril Albert and Francis Edward; siblings: Mary (David “Moe”) VanZeeland, Barbara (Robert) Ludke, John Klister, David Klister, Karl (Rebecca) Windinwood, and Kristine “Tina” (David) Wiedenhaupt; brothers and sisters-in-law: Dennis (Lynda Cyr) Dvorachek, Deanna (Mitch) Disch, Darlene Zirngibl, Elmer (Victoria Weber) Dvorachek, and Connie (David) Gott; nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Cyril and Martha (Haen) Klister; Dee’s parents, Edward and Hilaria (Geiger) Dvorachek; and a sister-in-law, Vera “Beep” (Coonen) Klister.
The funeral Mass will be celebrated on Oct. 9 at Holy Spirit Church in Kimberly. The burial will follow in Holy Angels Cemetery in Darboy.