NY-born twin friars die on same day at age 92

June 3, 2011 - 12:00 PM

OLEAN, N.Y. (AP) — Twins Julian and Adrian Riester (REE'-stur) were born seconds apart 92 years ago. They died hours apart in Florida this week.

The Buffalo-born twins were also brothers in the Roman Catholic Order of Friars Minor. They spent 35 years working together on tasks including carpentry and gardening at St. Bonaventure University.

They died Wednesday at St. Anthony Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla. They'd moved to Florida from western New York in 2008.

St. Bonaventure University says the brothers were Franciscan friars for 65 years. Spokesman Tom Missel says their deaths on the same day is an almost poetic ending to their lives.

A funeral is scheduled for Monday in St. Petersburg.