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March 31, 2011

Clintons, Mondale among mourners at Ferraro rites

NEW YORK — Onetime vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro was remembered as a political trailblazer and a devoted mother and friend Thursday at a funeral that drew dignitaries including former President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Ferraro made history as the first woman to serve on a major party ticket when Democrat Walter Mondale chose her as his running mate in 1984. She died Saturday of multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer. She was 75.

Hundreds of mourners packed the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer in midtown Manhattan for a funeral mass that featured nine eulogies: Both Clintons; Mondale, a former vice president; Maryland Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski; former California Democratic Rep. Jane Harman; former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; and Ferraro's three children, Donna, John and Laura.

Ferraro was married for 50 years to John Zaccaro, a New York real estate developer. They had eight grandchildren.

The 2 1/2 hour ceremony was closed to the media, but attendees described it as a warm, loving celebration of Ferraro's life.

"It was one of the most beautiful services I have ever seen," Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas said.

Hutchison, whose brother suffers from multiple myeloma, said Ferraro had raised awareness of the illness. "She was very special to me. We bonded forever," Hutchison said.

Mondale praised Ferraro for inspiring other women to run for office. He noted that there are now six women governors, 88 women in the House and 17 women in the Senate, compared to just one in 1984.

"It wasn't just politics that was reset. Change can be seen everywhere in American life," Mondale said, adding that her experience as the first woman vice presidential candidate had given Ferraro strength she would later use in her 12-year cancer battle.

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