Mother of United States Vice-President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
Catherine Eugenia "Jean" Finnegan Biden was the daughter of the late Ambrose J. Finnegan and the former Geraldine C. Blewitt of Scranton, Pennsylvania. In 1941, she married Joseph Robinette Biden with whom she had four children.
The couple moved from Scranton to Claymont, Delaware, in 1953, when their eldest son, Joe, was 10 years old. Joseph Biden Sr. died in 2002 at age 86. They had been married for 61 years.
Mrs. Biden is survived by her eldest son, Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., his wife Jill Jacobs Biden and their three children, Joseph R. Biden, III, of Wilmington, Delaware, his wife Hallie Olivere Biden and their children, Natalie Paige Biden and Robert Hunter Biden, II; R. Hunter Biden of Washington, D.C., his wife Kathleen Buhle Biden and their children, Naomi King Biden, Finnegan James Biden and Roberta Mabel Biden; and Ashley Blazer Biden of Wilmington, Delaware; and by her daughter, Valerie Biden Owens of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, her husband John T. Owens and their children Valerie James Owens, Cuffe Biden Owens and Catherine Eugenia Owens; and by her two younger sons, James Brian Biden of Merion Station, Pennsylvania, his wife Sara Jones Biden and their children, James Brian Biden, Jr., Caroline Nicole Biden and Nicholas Coleman Biden; and Francis W. Biden of Florida and his daughter, Alana Jaquet Biden.
Vice President Joe Biden released this statement about his mother:
"My mother, Catherine Eugenia 'Jean' Finnegan Biden, passed away peacefully today at our home in Wilmington, Delaware, surrounded by her children, her grandchildren, her great-grandchildren and many loved ones,"
"Her strength, which was immeasurable, will live on in all of us."
"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," Biden noted.
"She believed in us, and because of that, we believed in ourselves."
"My mother's creed is the American creed: No one is better than you. You are everyone's equal, and everyone is equal to you."
JOSEPH ROBINETTE SR.
NOVEMBER 13, 1915 - SEPTEMBER 2, 2002
CATHERINE EUGENIA FINNEGAN
JULY 7, 1917 - JANUARY 8, 2010
Joseph Robinette Biden
1915–2002 (m. 1941)