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Margaret May "Nana" Kistler

Margaret May "Nana" Kistler Obituary

Life is precious. Mothers are a gift. Grandmothers are a blessing. Great-grandmothers are a gift from God. Margaret "Nana" May Kistler, a woman who lived a life full of love, family and faith, passed away Monday at the age of 85.

Margaret was born in Weatherly and was the daughter of the late Robert and Eva Craiglow DeFrain. She was the sister of the late Gladys Hinkle, Beatrice James and Ruth DeFrain.

In her life, Margaret was the valedictorian of her graduating class from Weatherly High School. After meeting her late husband, the Rev. Robert Kistler, Margaret lived the life of a pastor's wife throughout the state before ultimately settling in Hazleton. She worked as a nurse's aide at Lutheran Welfare Services and was a devoted member of Christ Lutheran Church, Hazleton.

Margaret was a great wife and mother who enjoyed cooking, baking and caring for her family. Prior to her passing, Margaret resided at the Mountain City Health and Rehabilitation Center in Hazle Twp.

Surviving are her son, John C. Kistler and his wife, Anne Marie, Hazleton; daughter, Mary Kistler, Hazleton; grandchildren, Jeremy Kistler and his fiancée, Bryanna Ator; Megan Rose Dever and her husband, Ryan; great-grandchild, Lacey Anne Dever; brother-in-law, the Rev. Richard Hinkle; and niece, Margaret Elvin.

Her obituary was written by her loving grandson, Jeremy, who hopes that he made her proud and will miss her very much. "Rest in Peace Nana, until we meet again."

Arrangements are entrusted to Philip J. Jeffries Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 211 First St., Weatherly.

A celebration of Margaret's life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday from Christ Lutheran Church, 210 W. Green St., Hazleton, with the Rev. Wayne Lupole to officiate. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until time of services. Those attending are asked to adhere to current COVID-19 masking requirements.

Private interment will be held in St. Matthew's Union Cemetery, Quakake Road, Weatherly.

Memorials may be made in her name to Christ Lutheran Church.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www


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