Province Mourns Deaths of Relatives, Friends

HNP Communications Around the Province

NEW YORK — Holy Name Province is mourning the deaths of the mother of a friar and sister of a friar.

• Alice Oberst, mother of Michael Oberst, OFM, of Buffalo, died March 4 at her home in Albuquerque, N.M. She was 79 years old. A memorial Mass was celebrated March 8 at the Shrine of St. Bernadette in Albuquerque.

• Ann Rita Kolb, sister of William DeBiase, OFM, of Philadelphia, died March 15. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be March 20 at St. Mary Church in East Islip, N.Y.

HNP friars are also mourning deaths of Fr. Joachim O’Brien, OFM, of Holy Spirit Province in Australia, and Sr. Maureen Francis Rowe, OSF, Franciscan Sister of Allegany.

Fr. Joachim, who died Feb. 23, was the oldest friar of Holy Spirit Province.

Sr. Maureen died Feb. 27 at St. Elizabeth Motherhouse in Allegany, N.Y.