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Joseph V. Paterno
(December 21, 1926 - January 22, 2012)

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Denise Amer
Sullivan County, PA
January 23, 2012 8:17 PM
I recall the first time my parents took me to a PSU game over 40 years ago (Pitt vs PSU). The excitement of seeing JoePa was in all of our minds so much that my husband and I took our foreign exchange student from Brazil to his first experience at American football in 2005. His excitement as he captured a picture of JoePa (not really knowing who he was but knowing he was a celebrity in all of our minds)as the bus rounded the corner to the stadium. My children have grown up knowing that JoePa WAS Penn State and how they all mourned Sunday at the news will be forever engraved in my mind and my heart. You didn't have to be a student at PSU or an alumni to adore what he truly represented and what he stood for. He will truly be remembered for what he contributed to millions of students, fans and the community that spans a nation and in our case, continents! May God be with you all. His legacy will live for generations to come! With love and prayers, the Amer family

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Michele Steinhauser
Endwell, NY
January 23, 2012 8:14 PM
Dear Paterno Family, You have my deepest sympathy. May God Bless you ans your family. Joe Pa is and always will be thought of as a great man in our family. May his legacy live on forever. Now God has a bigger job for him. Michele '89 Nursing

Penny Staley
January 23, 2012 8:13 PM
God saw you were getting tired and a cure was not to be So he put his arms around you and whispered "Come to me" With tearful eyes we watched you and saw you pass away although we loved you dearly we could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, Hard working hands at rest God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best. Rest in Peace JoePa, We Are Penn State!!!!!!!!!!!!

john sobrado
rome new york
January 23, 2012 8:07 PM
Football will never be the same thank you Joe for the good memorable win over FSU

Michael Daloia 00'
West Chester, Pa
January 23, 2012 8:07 PM
Mrs. Paterno and Family,

My sincere condolences for your loss. I thank you for sharing you husband with us. Although I never met the man, I feel like he's a close friend based upon our love for Penn State.

America lost a true gentleman. When I think of the word legacy, its not what someone may write about you, but what you leave behind that is enduring. Joe has left plenty behind that will forever carry his legacy to future generations, from a library, the student-athletes he coached, to those who admired him and what he stod for.

It is now up to us Penn Staters to honor his legacy and continue to give back, and most importantly, make an impact in our endevours. God bless.

Dottie & John Snyder
Paxinos, PA
January 23, 2012 8:06 PM
Our prayers and thoughts to the entire Paterno family. May God bless Joe, for the wonderful man he was.

Theresa Gillest
SouthPasadena, CA
January 23, 2012 8:06 PM
My deepest condolenses to the Paterno Family. Many many thanks for allowing us Penn Staters to be a part of your family and many thanks for sharing JoePa. What a remarkable man with a remarkable family. I share your loss. Just know that Joe is in heaven looking over all of you.

Heather Alleva
State College, PA
January 23, 2012 8:05 PM
To the Paterno Family:

I wanted to express to you my deepest sympathies for your loss. Joe was an amazing man, and he truly touched and changed the lives of thousands of people throughout the course of his incredible life.

Since Joe passed away, I have been thinking about how one man can impact so many lives. I came to the conclusion that the Penn State community is like a giant family, and Joe was like everybody's grandfather--he was caring, philanthropic, positive, and a wonderful role model that everyone in the Penn State family aspired in some way to be. Just as when a loving grandfather passes, our giant Penn State family has lost a piece of itself that will never be replaced.

I wish the best to all Paterno's in this difficult time. Your Penn State family will always be here for you when you need us, and Joe will always be watching over you when you need him too.

Best Wishes, Heather Alleva

Betty Miller
January 23, 2012 8:04 PM
Dear Paterno Family,

Thank you for sharing Joe with us. You will never know just how many lives your family has affected with your love, generosity, and kindness. Know that he left this world a better place and has gone onto a better place. Thank you for all the memories he has made for myself and my family.

Latin Cross
January 23, 2012 8:03 PM
Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole Paterno family.

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