Twin Friars Laid to Rest

June 12, 2011 Updated Jun 12, 2011 at 9:37 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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June 12, 2011 Updated Jun 12, 2011 at 9:37 AM EDT

(Allegany, N.Y) They were brothers by birth and Franciscan Brothers by vocation.

Adrian Riester and his identical twin, Julian, decided to follow a religious career when they both joined the Franciscan Order in 1942.

They were Professed in 1946 and spent the next two decades serving in a variety of ministries around Buffalo, NY.

In 1973, they were both assigned to St. Bonaventure University were they spent nearly four decades doing gardening, handy-work, and acting as the university chauffeurs.

In 2008, the twin Friars retired to St. Petersburg, Florida.

On June 1st, both men died only hours apart at age 92.

"They would have died of a broken heart to be separated from each other," says Sister Margaret Carney, President of Saint Bonaventure University.

News of their death made headlines across the globe on the Internet.

On Thursday, the two men, who were together in life, were buried next to each other after a prayer service in the St. Bonaventure University Chapel.

As evidence of the worldwide interest in the story, Brazil TV sent a crew to cover the Friars funeral.

Brother Adrian Riester, O.F.M. and Brother Julian Riester, O.F.M were laid to rest in St. Bonaventure Cemetery which is in view of the place where they spent most of their religious life.