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Wednesday, April 1, 2009 Franciscan Father Stanley Bir, who served the Province of St. John the Baptist for 65 years, died March 23 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati following a long battle with cancer. He was 84 years old.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009 Franciscan Father Marian Douglas, a former teacher and associate pastor in Cincinnati and a pioneer in inner-city ministry, died  March 22. He was 81 and had been a member of the Franciscan Friars of the Province of St. John the Baptist for 59 years.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009 Franciscan Brother Gerald (Jerry) Jackson, a native of Detroit whose expertise with cars served him well in his life as a Franciscan friar, died March 25 in Cincinnati. He was 75 and had battled multiple health issues.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 A Mass of Christian Burial for Sister of Charity Frances Loretto Lopez was held on March 16 in the Immaculate Conception Chapel at the congregation’s Delhi Township motherhouse. She died on March 8 at the age of 101. Sister Frances Loretto was the oldest member of

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated March 10 for Precious Blood Sister Rosella Hess at Salem Heights in Dayton. Sister Rosella died March 7 at the age of 94. She had been a Sister of the Precious Blood for 77 years.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk March 5 for Father Thomas J. Ballman at St. Anthony Church in Dayton. Father Thomas Shearer was the homilist. Father Ballman died on March 1 at St. Leonard in Centerville. He was 94 years