January 12th, 2010
12:45 PM ET
5 years ago

Biden leads mourners at mother's funeral


(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden led mourners at his mother's funeral Tuesday in remembering her as a "remarkable woman" who was the "quintessential combination of both optimism and pragmatism."

Political leaders from across America - including President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi - came together for the funeral of 92-year-old Catherine Eugenia "Jean" Finnegan Biden, who died Friday at the family's home in Wilmington, Delaware.

First lady Michelle Obama also attended the funeral Mass, which was held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Wilmington.

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  1. Irish Eyes Are Smiling

    I really like Vice President Biden, and his mother was a wonderful woman. She brought him up to do the right thing. He's a wonderful man and Catherine Eugenia Finnigan Biden has left the world a better place.

    Rest in Peace God's Angel

    January 12, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  2. Censoring again? Callahan

    She leaves her legacy through her children and grandchildren....that is her bigest gift of all. This little lady showed great character. While everyone mourns she is in the glory of her lifetime....Heaven bliss. Bless her.

    January 12, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    God Bless and keep this family in their time of sorrow.

    January 12, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  4. Raymond H. Burgoon-Clark

    May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

    Our Lady of Sorrows, comfort her family and friends!

    January 12, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  5. Diana

    Her wonderful character shows in her son – Joe Biden. May God bless them and keep them in their time of sorrow.

    January 12, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  6. Rodney Bliss

    Politics aside. Losing a parent is hard at any age. Our thoughts and prayers for the Vice President at this time.

    January 12, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  7. Dar

    Rest in peace Jean, God bless the family

    January 12, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  8. LacrosseMom(stuck in moderation)

    May Mrs. Biden rest in peace & may our Lord comfort the Biden family.

    January 12, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |