Adrian Stier — Escondido, Calif.
Adrian Aloysius Stier, born May 8, 1935, in Grand Meadow, Minn., to Alvin and Marcella Stier, died Aug. 4, 2016, in Escondido, Calif.
He attended Grand Meadow school, Crozier Seminary, St. Mary's Seminary in Winona, Minn., and St. John's University, with additional studies in Rome and at Notre Dame University. He was ordained priest in 1961, and served in the Winona Diocese until the early 1970s.
After that, he married and had one daughter. In his later years, he became a Buddhist monk and lived at Deer Park Monastery in Escondido. He traveled extensively with his teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, in the U.S., Vietnam and France.
He died following complications of heart surgery. At the time of his death he was surrounded by his daughter, friends, relatives, and his monastic family, with chanting and song.
He is survived by his beloved daughter, Jessica Hauser Stier, of Los Angeles; his siblings: sisters, Kathleen (Norm) Sween, of Grand Meadow, Sylvia Christian of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Suzanne (Tom) Kjeer of Ostrander, Minn.; brothers, Francis Stier (Barbara) of Grand Meadow, and Dave Stier (Bonnie) of Gridley, Calif., and sisters-in-law, Helen Stier and Marilyn Stier.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Dick (Dale) Stier and Jerry Stier.