January 11th, 2010
04:40 PM ET
5 years ago

President, first lady to attend Jean Biden's funeral

Washington (CNN) –President Obama and the first lady will travel to Wilmington, Delaware Tuesday to attend the funeral mass for the vice president's mother, the White House announced Monday.

Catherine Eugenia "Jean" Finnegan Biden, died Friday at the family's home in Wilmington,

"At 92, she was the center of our family and taught all of her children that family is to be treasured, loyalty is paramount and faith will guide you through the tough times. She believed in us, and because of that, we believed in ourselves," Vice President Biden said in a statement Friday announcing his mother's death.

The vice president's father, Joseph Robinette Biden Sr., who was married to Jean Biden for 61 years, died in 2002.


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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Joe Biden my condolences on your mother's passing. Cherish the fact that you had each other for so many years, and that she was there to share in all of your extraordinary achievements. She taught you well. God bless.

    January 11, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  2. patNY

    Lets see how many negative posts the right wingnuts can come up about this...I can just hear it now...should'nt he be working at jobs creation and protecting us from terrorists instead of taking another trip at the expense of the tax payer?

    January 11, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  3. patsy

    I would expect them to attend the service. It is heartbreaking to lose a parent, no matter how advanced in age. I hope Joe Biden feels some solace from those who share in his sadness.

    January 11, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  4. sensible Cape Coral FL

    That's one lady with a touch of class. The Obamas are being their usual gracious selves.

    January 11, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  5. D.D.

    Our condolences to the Biden family and Mrs. Biden's friends and caretakers.

    January 11, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    A Son has loss his beloved Mother and that's probably one of the hardest trials in his life. God Bless the Biden family.

    January 11, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  7. RCasson

    Glad they are attending.

    January 11, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  8. TJ in Vegas

    May she rest in Peace and may the joyful memories of her long life sustain and comfort her family in the days ahead.

    January 11, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  9. gary davis Harbor Oregon proud american

    she sahll be greatly missed . our thoughts go out to the family and thank you MR. PRESIDENT FOR GOING AND REPRESENTING ALL OF AMERICA HAIL THE CHIEF :)

    January 11, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  10. so rich even obama couldn't hurt me but you middle class folk should worry

    Jean was a good one, a loyal conservative republican im sure she would appreciate Rush paying his respects after all she LOVED him but I guess none of you doors even know that.

    January 11, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |