Star-Studded Farewell for Sargent Shriver

Kennedy in-law honored for life of service
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 23, 2011 7:35 AM CST

(Newser) – His 19 grandchildren read short remembrances, U2 frontman Bono led mourners in singing "Forever Young" and fond memories and laughter filled a funeral service for R. Sargent Shriver, the 95-year-old statesman laid to rest this weekend. Shriver, who served as the Peace Corps' first director for brother-in-law John Kennedy and served as a running mate on an ill-fated Democratic presidential ticket, was buried last evening in a Massachusetts cemetery just hours after his funeral in suburban Washington, the AP reports.

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Mourners including Joe Biden, Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Wyclef Jean, Stevie Wonder, and Vanessa Williams paid tribute to the man affectionally known as "Sarge," talking of a life spent serving others. Maria Shriver said her family took comfort in "knowing that Daddy is in heaven with God and with Mummy." Shriver was buried later alongside wife Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the founder of the Special Olympics who died two years ago. (Read more Sargent Shriver stories.)

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