Condolence & Memory Journal


I have the pleasure of knowing some of your family members.. The most wonderful people I've ever met... I am only sorry I never got to meet you Joe.. You are very missed, the world is a smaller place without you in it.. RIP JoePa

Posted by Debra Anderson - Kingston, NY - Friend   May 13, 2016


May God cradle you in his arms during this time of sorrow until the day comes when only good memories remain.

Posted by Dr. Carl & Glenna Nichols Sports Medicine Glenville State Colle - Friend   February 08, 2012


Thanks, Coach. You were an inspiration, even to non-athletes like me.

Posted by J. Mark Danley - Alumnus   February 08, 2012


one of the greats. hope u rest in peace. we are ....penn state. go lions.

Posted by james - fan   February 08, 2012


Just wish he had called the police...that's all. So sad that he had to leave this earth after such a glorious run as a great coach, only to have that career end this horrible way. I know he must have had such regrets about not calling the police.

Posted by Natalie Collins    February 07, 2012

One Great Man; My husband looked up to Joe,My husband was a High School Coach in Lewisburg and we had Season Tickets every year for the Penn state games and to see Joe Paterno.Joe you will be Missed,walk with God, May God Bless you and your Family

Posted by Pamela - Lewisburg, PA - Fan   February 07, 2012


Dear Joe,

I am very sorry for your loss. I am almost 50, and have been a Penn State Football fan of yours ever since i was a Kid. I live in Kentucky, however, loved Penn State football. I know you are in a better place, however, are very much missed. I also know, that you would still be alive today if it weren't for those IDIOT board of trustees. Even though you had lung cancer, PSU football would have kept you going Sir for alittle longer!! Well, hopefully I will get to meet you in Heaven. Until then, bye for now

Mike Sloan

Posted by Mike Sloan - friend   January 30, 2012


in loving memory of the coach

Posted by edward walter - FAN   January 30, 2012


Thanks for all the great college football meemories, Coach. This Mountaineer fan will remember you fondly. May all our thoughts and prayers combine to bring peace and comfort to your family.

Posted by Sharon Heelan - A fan   January 30, 2012


rest in peace joe and god bless your family.

Posted by lorraine cannon - admirer and supporter   January 29, 2012


We love you Joe. Thank you.

Posted by The Kreischer Family - We are Penn State   January 29, 2012


Rest in eternal peace, JoePa. I know God the Father and sweet Jesus were waiting for you with open arms.
You will be greatly missed. My condolences to the Paterno family.

Posted by Teresa - Long time fan   January 29, 2012


Rest in Peace Joe Pa. You are an inspiration and loved so much.

Posted by Ed & Charlene Boniscavage - admirer   January 29, 2012


Joe Pa, we will miss you more than words could say. Your life lessons will forever be a part of our family. Doing things the Paterno way,with success and honor, will always be remembered.

Posted by The Kinlaws - Parents of Rodney Kinlaw   January 29, 2012

You were a good man and did much for PSU and Pa. Watching you pace the side lines,with every emotion showing on your face and the white socks,always the white socks.Your good deeds will always outshine your one mistake.Wonder how many folks will knock on Heavens door with your outstanding accomplishments?

Posted by Peg - St George, UT - Fan   January 29, 2012


Rest in Peace
Your legacy will continue to burn in the hearts of all of us
Lorraine (Rainee) Domenick

Posted by lorraine domenick    January 28, 2012

I had dinner with JoePa and Sue in their home on a recruiting visit. Sadly, I chose USC:(
"A joyful heart makes a cheerful face." Proverbs 15:13. That verse truly fits JoePa. He always had a cheerfl face so we know his heart was joyful. What a gracious, caring and humble man. Our loss is felt deeply.

Posted by Vince Hoerner - Camp Hill, PA - recruit   January 28, 2012


You are Penn State !!
May your days now be filled with peace and happiness, knowing that you have made an impact on so many lives. We will miss you, but we will NEVER forget you and the path you have led for us.

Posted by Crystal Merryman - Parent of a Penn State Student   January 28, 2012

I'll always remember what Keith Jackson, "his mother wanted joe to be a doctor, his father wanted him to be a lawyer, and all they got was a legend. Rest in peace joe pa, you made a difference, a huge difference, and for that we are so thankful.

Posted by Anthony Disabato - Philadelphia, PA - Friend   January 28, 2012

To your family many prayers and blessings. You are a legend with a legacy that will live on forever. It is a true disgrace the way Penn State let you go. You touched my life in many special ways and to those close around me. You made Penn State and I believe it lost its heart today. Although we never met I feel as though we know each other. You have left a beautiful light on this earth. You will be missed but greatly loved. Blessings JoPa - thank you for you.

Posted by Laurie Siegel - Orlando, FL - A college football fan   January 28, 2012


Joe pa will be missed and remembered forever. Prayers to the paternoster family. God bless you all.

Posted by kathy wilkinson    January 28, 2012


You will always be remembered Mr. Paterno!

Posted by Trey - friend   January 28, 2012


Our daughter was blessed with a swimming scholarship to PSU. It is a BIG school and she called often in the beginning because she was homesick. One day she called and sounded excited. She had happy news. It seems that Joe Paterno himself had stopped over the gym that day to say "hello" to the other student athletes. She was so thrilled that JoePa had taken the time to welcome them to PSU and especially when he stopped to ask her how she was doing. It actually meant a lot to her and to us. I guess she felt like she was a part of something pretty special at PSU. I think Joe had a gift for making people feel that way. Thanks Joe. You are one in a million.

Posted by Roberta Ritchie - Parent of former PSU student   January 28, 2012


god bless this family. joe will be missed

Posted by danny - none   January 28, 2012


Our sincere sympathy to Mrs. Paterno and family. God Bless you all.

Posted by Jim @ Wanda Radel - Fan   January 28, 2012


My sincere condolences to the family of such a wonderful human being, who has had such a positive influence on so many people. I am so sorry for all that has unfairly happened in the past few months. I pray that you all find peace and comfort. You will all continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Angie    January 28, 2012


I personally met Mr. Paterno at Homecoming in 1986 while a student at PSU...same year as the big national win. It was an amazing time to be a Penn Stater! Mr. Paterno was a humble, classy gentleman that we looked up to with pride. Our thoughts are with you now knowing you are at peace. Thanks for all of the good you did for our university and the student body all those years.

Linda Rozzi
Class of 1989

Posted by linda Rozzi - student at PSU   January 28, 2012

Jo Pa you were an inspration to us all you will be sadly missed may God bless your family and take comfort that you are in his loving arms. A fan forever .R.I.P.your loyall fan and admirewr,
Teresa Carmichael

Posted by teresa Carmichael - coookeville, TX - Fan   January 27, 2012


My condolences to the Paterno family. No person on earth will take away what you meant to the people who knew and loved you most. May your memory continue to inspire all of us. Rest well JoePa!

Posted by Ellie Brown - fan   January 27, 2012


You will always shine in our hearts, Joe!

Posted by Cheryl    January 27, 2012

Giuseppe Vicenzo Paterno ed in ripose con Dio.
Nessun dorma, popularized by tenor Luciano Pavorotti was the most fitting an spiritually uplifting for the memorial service for Joe Paterno, vincero` VINCERO`
V I N C E R O`

Posted by Maurice L. Fierro - Hazleton, PA - fam   January 27, 2012


My prayers go out for you and your family,you will truly be missed by all .May God take you and place you in a very special place. Thanks for being YOU!

Posted by Tom Woods - psu fan/alum.   January 27, 2012


Peace be with you,Joe.Thanks for the memories!

Posted by Joann Geise - Fanfrom Lock Haven   January 27, 2012


With deepest sympathy

Posted by Sharon Noss    January 27, 2012

Our sincere best wishes to the whole Paterno family at this sad time. What a wonderful man you have to remember.

The Milnes Family

Posted by The Milnes' Family - Tunkhannock, PA - children attended PSU   January 27, 2012


Now he belongs to the ages

Posted by Kayhart    January 27, 2012


You taught us all that winning in life matters more than winning on the field. Yet, through it all, you still won more than anyone else on the field. I guess your Grand Experiment worked. Rest in peace knowing that you made a difference to millions of people.

Posted by Rich Waldbiessrr    January 27, 2012


My Grandson Alex Cohen graduated in 2011 and was Pres. of Paternoville.Son Mitchell graduated from PSU in "81 has remained involved in the school. My daughter graduated in '85 with two degrees. We are all football fans, so we have all had associations of one kind or another with Paterno. He was a decent human being who always tried to do the right thing.

Posted by Norma Cohen - mother of graduates   January 27, 2012


May you have peace in the arms of Jesus

Posted by Mary & Charlie Kayhart    January 27, 2012

I have been driving Coach Paterno since 1980.We had some good times and bad.I will miss him.I was able to drive the funeral hrosessiom thru state college what a outporing of life was touched by a great man in 2000 a had bypass surgery he sent me a fruit basket and all tha players signer the card.I will miss him.he would always ask me when i will retire i said to him when you do when you do.thank you coach for all tha memories your first string.MAY GOD KEEP YOU SAFE

Posted by Gottfried Fodor - Bellefonte, PA - i was his bus driver since 1980   January 27, 2012


JoePa will be missed. People tell me my dad looked like him.

Posted by Josie - Fan   January 27, 2012


As a Nursing student helping decorate a Christmas parade float for the Santa parade. We collaborated on making Joe Pa a part of it. With his handsome cutout, sporting a Santa hat, he stood by our white sleigh that read WE ARE... The crowd loved it and cheered us on!

Posted by michel - psu alumn   January 27, 2012


In 1990 Penn State came to Tuscaloosa to play Alabama for the last time during regular season play until 2011. My husband, son and I attended. Alabama was #2 in the country. We were so excited about getting to see JoePa in person! It was a horrible game for us as Bama fans. Penn State shut out Bama and went on to win the rest of their games. JoePa, like the Bear, was a hero to me. He stood for goodness, toughness, and raised his children and players to be good men and women. Penn State players were clean cut, short haired tradition rich kids who respected the game, fans and their wonderful coach. Another thing that impressed me about that day in October 1990 was the class of the Penn State Fans. As we walked to our car, several fans came up to us and wished Bama good luck the rest of the season. They didn't heckel, or rub in the win. That day, I became a Penn State and JoePa fan. The tragedy of the scandal was sad. I think that JoePa in his deepest gut thought he did what he was supposed to do bu reporting what the grad asst told him about Sandusky. I know in my heart that he did not sell out the kids at Penn State and left this world with a clear conscious. Long live his legacy. Rest In Peace, JoePa!

Posted by Bamagal422 - Fan   January 27, 2012


JoePa is an old school man. He reminds me of my father and he did what he was to do. If this didn't get handled quickly it is NOT his fault! I am saddened by his death for his family and PSU. RIP JoePa and I know you saw from above how much everyone loved you and are sad you are gone. I am hoping you hit the Pearly gates full blast with a smile knowing you are loved and will be missed so much....

Posted by Penni - PSU Fan   January 27, 2012

So many fond memories from the 80's I can contribute to JoePa-From the Saturday football games where we arrived early to get the first row closest to JoePa so he could see our homemade banners to seeing him walking around campus with a generous hello to every student that walked by with a greeting.
I am a fortunate alumna that has started a Penn State Legacy of my own-my daughter,Cecilia, is a freshman at University Park & the day that acceptance letter arrived was the start of our future Penn State memories! I instilled in her the Penn State way-we bleed Blue & White in our every day lives.
JoePa,you may not remember me but I will NEVER forget you!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart,
Marina Staples-Oeschger

Posted by Marina Staples-Oeschger - Phila, PA - alumna   January 27, 2012


I did not attend Penn State...but who especially in the state of Pa did not know of, respect and love Joe Pa? He was and always will be PENN STATE!! He led the way for many throughout his life and made Penn State one of the very best colleges in this country. May you rest in peace ,you will never be forgotten.

Posted by Theresa Szolack    January 27, 2012


You light will burn forever in the hearts of all who appreciated ALL youhave done for PSU

Posted by cindi - fan   January 27, 2012


May his memory be eternal, he will be missed

Posted by Patty Holley - A Fan   January 27, 2012


Your memory will last forever.... Your Fan since I can remember... Carol and Caroline...

Posted by carolyn boisseau - His Fan   January 27, 2012


RIP Joe Pa <3 state are we penn>

Posted by Lena    January 27, 2012


Rest in Peace JoePa, you will be missed by all you have touched

Posted by John Staniszewski - PSU Fan   January 27, 2012


JoePa you will be missed by thousands. Although we didn't know you, we watched you as a Husband, Father, Grandfather, Coach, and a mentor to young children, those who played sports and those who didn't.

Posted by Bryan and Linda Padezanin, Wilmington, NC - Fan   January 27, 2012


What an influence you were to so many people both directly and indirectly, on the field and off. I am among the many thousands of people who has been positively impacted by you through your vision,leadership and generosity.
Thank you for making a difference.

Posted by Paula - PSU Class of 1988   January 27, 2012


My prayers go out to Joe's family. He will truly be missed as an awesome coach and great man. May he RIP!

Posted by Melody    January 27, 2012


Our Thoughts and prayers are with The Paterno family .. Joe gave so Much To Penn State and touched so many lives.. He will be Missed but his legency will live on forever !! The Hanssens Family

Posted by triicia hanssens - former student   January 27, 2012


I wear my Penn State attire with pride and always will. I admired your leadership and committment to your students. I remember you coming into class checking up on your players. You had an impact on the way I coached and lead my staff and students. Thanks for being a great mentor for all of us. Thanks, Paterno family for sharing your husband, father, and grandfather. He made me a better leader and person.

Posted by Cathy Tomon - Class of 79/College of Education   January 27, 2012


wished i could of known you

Posted by bev obrien - none   January 27, 2012


Rest in Peace, Joepa
You are the Greatest!

Posted by Beverly Kegley - fan   January 27, 2012


Rest in Peace, as I know you will, Joe Paterno. You are Penn State.

Posted by Sharon Timko    January 27, 2012

My deepest sympathies to all of the Paterno family, and the extended Penn State family. I was glued to the memorial service today. I learned so much about who Joe Paterno was, the incredible family he raised with his wife, and the many lives he enriched by being Joe Paterno by the values he stood for. I wish the whole world had many more Joe Paterno's ... I hope that those of us who watched today and those who have been enriched by him directly can uphold his amazing legacy...If we can continue to live by the lessons he taught, he will continue to live on. I admire him so much right now, but I also admire his family. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. May you all find peace through this difficult time.

Posted by Suzanne    January 27, 2012


Joe Pa, One very HUMBLE person that will live on in our hearts forever! God rest your soul and bless your loving family! RIP Joseph Vincent Paterno

Posted by Marcy & Bob - fans of Joe Pa   January 27, 2012


You will be sorely missed in Happy Valley.

Posted by Michelle    January 27, 2012


Just wanted to say you will be missed, Joe. We are a Penn State
family and have loved you through all the years.

Posted by Dottie - none   January 27, 2012


RIP JoePa! Heaven has a great angle!

Posted by Rose B    January 26, 2012



Posted by Patti Myers    January 26, 2012

Mrs. Joe Paterno and family. My family had the pleasure to live in the village of Lamont. In the fall we would be able to hear the joy and excitment of the home games. My family wants you to know that we will always have the upmost respect for you husband and father. Your husband and father really was and always be Penn State. I have three grandsone, age five , two and five months old and they wear Penn State. Bless your family. The Thom Kane family.

Posted by Carol Kane - Olympia, WA - Nanny for Grey/O'toole family   January 26, 2012


You have left the legacy of wealth in individual.s that you touched. We love you

Posted by Deb Young - Friend   January 26, 2012

I grew up with Penn State and my Mother is from Bellefonte... Joe was a friend to me and millions of others...
Joe built both a University and a Football program that gave me pride in a great team and cultivated my everyday life.
Believing in myself, respecting others and keeping true to my morals no matter the situation.
Joe's chararter and Love built Penn State University and also helped build who I am today.
Rest in Peace my friend...

Posted by JB Ryan Jr. - Ridgewood, NJ - Penn Stater   January 26, 2012


RIP JoePa You will be greatly missed

Posted by Carol    January 26, 2012


I never met Joe Pa but he was a big part of my entire life. Mom and Dad were Alumni. We grew up in Syracuse, NY and stayed committed to our Penn State. We never swayed.I remember going to my first game. I was in High School. I was more intrigued with looking at Joe pacing back and forth. I ended up marrying a guy whose family had season tickets. Our families immediately bonded, because of our love for Penn State Football. Joe was a role model to everyone, not just athletes, but all who wanted to make the most of themselves. I am forever grateful for Sue and her family for sharing Joe with everyone. Joe will forever be in my heart and remembered as nothing less than a legend!

Posted by Sue Bahnick - daughter/granddaughter of alumni   January 26, 2012


I miss you. I am sorry that you had to go through all of the pain and suffering since November. I will always have you in my heart.

Posted by Terri Jata - alumni   January 26, 2012

My Deepest Sympathy to the Paterno Family,
I was born in 1960. I had to watch Penn State play since i can remember or you did not watch television at all because of my father John Thomas Pratt. Sunday we ate dinner in front of the television watching George and Joe doing the Penn State Highlights. My father died February 2nd 2009
he was 82 when he died. My son Dakota age 13
loved Penn State as much as me and his grand
father. We watched the memorial today for Joe and we cried as we lost my father all over again. May God Bless you and Your Family. Sincerely Lori Jean Carl and Dakota Carl.

Posted by lori jean carl - coal township, PA - a big fan   January 26, 2012


Dear Paterno family, my deepest sympathy and condolences to you and your entire family. I am a proud Penn State Alum, and one of the fondest memories I wanted to share w/you all was when I happened upon Joe as I was walking home near West Halls after my final college exam. Joe and I were walking towards each other(I think he may have been coming from Rec Hall ;-) and as I mustered up the courage to say hello, not only did he stop to chat w/me as if he had known me all his life, but when I told him that today was my last day at PSU, and that I had taken my last exam, he immediately wanted to know how I did and then wished me luck in my future endeavors. We then discussed how the best 6-5 football in country was ready to win our 2nd National Championship title. We talked about players and the game for what seemed like an hour and when we parted ways, I felt like I was walking on air. I have been a proud Penn Stater for the last 20+ years, and my pride over flowed the last few months watching how Joe and your entire family displayed incredible courage, compassion and integrity, leading up to his final days. It is an honor to say I am a Penn Stater, and I will always feel that way because of JoePa. "We Are...Penn State!!!"


Jim Pedersen, Class of '85

Posted by Jim Pedersen - Alum   January 26, 2012


God Bless You Joe God will take care of you now.what a wonderful life you lived, with honor &integrity. We send deepest sympathy to all of the Paterno family.

Posted by phyllis and jerry spencer - admireres   January 26, 2012


We all thank you Joe for the many memories that we will have of you and Penn State. You have taught many of us, who didn't even attend the University, many things in life that you can not teach in a class room. You will live on forever in all our hearts.

To the Paterno Family, thank you for sharing your husband, father, and grandfather with all of us. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.

Much Love!

Posted by Jenn Cesanek - Fan   January 26, 2012


My deepest sympathy to the Paterno family as well as the entire Penn State Nation. Coach Paterno will alaways be remembered as a man of character, virtue, integrity and loyalty. I view him as a role model for all adults throughout this world. Live life to its fullest, work hard to be the best you can and lastily, show the world that love and compassion for all is that makes us human. Rest in Peace Coach Paterno

Posted by Mike Boyle - Loyal Fan   January 26, 2012


dear paterno family,though my husband or i got a chance to go to penn state, my was able to go but he was not a football a young lady i wanted to go to penn state could not go.i as admire mr paternos love for his players & the of the game of football.please no that your husband & dad is in a better place,& the lord just needed a football angel to help him with is football team.r.i.p joe pa,the kelmer family

Posted by shelly kelmer    January 26, 2012


I would like to my Condolences to Mrs Paterno and The Paterno's family. We mourn the loss of best Coach Joe Paterno. He is the Great Coach of Penn State. REST IN PEACE COACH JOE PATERNO.

From Cleveland, ohio

Posted by Joanna Maniace - Friend- Fan of Penn State   January 26, 2012


Dear Mrs. Paterno and family: Although I never attended Penn State, Coach Paterno's life affected mine in many ways. I grew up in Southwestern PA and he was the only Penn State coach I've ever known. I admire him for focusing more on his athletes' performance in the classroom and in life more than on the football field. Education is important to me and my family in many ways too. My husband and I have struggled to try to ensure that our children knew that their education came first no matter what else was going on in their lives. Right now we are trying hard (and so far failing) to find a way for our daughter Margaret to pay the tuition balance that she has for her freshman year at St. Vincent College in Latrobe PA and to find further scholarships for the rest of her education. (Our only sources of income are my husband's Social Security disability and UMWA retirement and our oldest son ahs a part time minimum wage job.) Thanks to Joe's life we will not give up even if it means she'll have to leave school for a time to earn more money to return to get her degree. (She is currently a freshman majoring in communications with a concentration in PR and advertising.) In the meantime my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you go through this difficult time. Yours truly, Barbara Kruk

Posted by Barbara Kruk - fan   January 26, 2012


Joe Paterno IS and ALWAYS will be a LEGEND! Rest in peace coach, we'll take it from here.

Posted by William Valiante - friend   January 26, 2012


I would like to extend my condolences to Mrs. Paterno and the Paterno family. We mourn the loss of a truly great man. I had the privilege of meeting Coach Paterno while attending summer football camp at PSU during high school more than 30 years ago and have always admired him as a living embodiment of what college sports should be and so seldom is. His life should be celebrated not just for his many achievements as coach and the thrilling Saturday afternoon triumphs but also for the all he did to create the Penn State that exists today. May God comfort the Paterno family in their hour of sorrow.

Andrew Curry

Posted by Andrew Curry - Penn State Fan   January 26, 2012

I shall never forget the first game I ever saw at Penn State. I had heard about this extraordinary coach, but when I saw him in action, the word "extraordinary" seemed to simple...he was past amazing. His players & fans absolutely loved him. There should be more like him in this world.

Posted by N. Shelton - Davenport, IA - advided football fan   January 26, 2012


What a great man!!!

Posted by stacy jewell    January 26, 2012


To Joe Pa a wonderful man who will be missed by so very many people on so many levels may he rest in peace and his friends and family will keep him in their hearts forever....God Bless you all

Posted by Mary Lou McGowan - friend   January 26, 2012

As the 4th generation now attends Penn State, JoePa was always part of our lives.

What a remarkanle man he was he practiced what he preached and was an example to all.

We will miss walking to the games with you! But, I know my grandfather is watching your games now and enjoying every minute!

Posted by AN admirer    January 26, 2012


I once talked to Coach Paterno on the phone, he was very nice to talk to. The word fired should be removed from his record and I hope it happens. God Bless the whole family.
The Hassinger's Wayne, Ellen, & Deline

Posted by Ellen Hassinger - friend   January 26, 2012

To the family of Joe Paterno. All I know about Mr. Paterno is what I have seen on television and read in the papers. I believe he was a decent man, a great coach, and mentor to many young people, not just the football team. It saddens me that someone who has led such an outstanding life, should end it with a career shattered by the actions of a few. Rest in Peace.

Posted by Betty Tovar - Cedar Falls, IA - none   January 26, 2012

JoePa you were the best. God Bless rest in peace. Remember people love you!

Posted by Jane Parenti - Stockertwn, PA - Penn State Fan   January 26, 2012


My very first memory was stepping foot onto penn state campus and saying i want to go here then to the game went to see him at the game determined like i have never seen and hoping every chance i got to get a glimse of him was everything i needed to set my dreams to go to college at penn state. He will always inspire me to fight for it!!!

Posted by Trish abelt - He inspired me   January 26, 2012


Rest in Peace Joe knowing "You are Penn State " The work you have done is remarkable and will always be remembered by all who were lucky enough to have known you.

Posted by Nancy    January 26, 2012


Thank you Coach Paterno, My family has been touched by you over the many years that my sons and daughter in law called State College home. You meant so much to all of us.

Posted by Christine walters - Mother of Penn State grads   January 26, 2012

We arrived at Penn State the first year JOPA was head coach and are proud to have earned our PHD and MED degrees while having the extraordinary experience of attending JOPA's football games. He will always be remembered for his players' high graduation rate, proving that you can combine sports and academics. Our grandsons, ages 4 and 10, posed by his statue last Sept. at the Central Michigan game. They learned the call and response cheer: JOPA TERNO. Because of you, Joe, they want to attend Penn State even though they live in Delaware. Thank You!

Posted by Leila Engman - Alexandria, VA - Alum   January 26, 2012


For Joe Paterno, With Thanks

I never met you personally
But on the Sunday that you died
I mourned for you quietly
And I cried silently inside

No, I never met you personally
But one thing I know is true
Been watching your team for over 40 years
And they've always been led by you

Didn't always like your politics
But you gave straight from your heart
You and Sue both gave so much
Now in some small way, we want to do our part

We want to pay our respects
One last moment with you, openly weeping with our tears
Paying our respects to a great man
And all you've done throughout the years

Joe Paterno, a great man
And a great coach all would say
But that's not all that you're about
You've shaped so many lives along the way

You've coached great ones, with great names
Arrington, Ham and Reid
Conlan, Millen, Clark and great backs who went onto fame
And wide receivers with great speed

Not only were you their coach
You were their friend in times of strife
You taught them invaluable lessons along the way
And cared about their lives

As we are saying our last goodbyes
We bid you a temporary adieu
One day we will see your face in Heaven's skies
And you'll be hand in hand with Sue

So Joe, it's time to go with Jesus now
He's waiting, stretching out His gentle hand to you
He's seen all you've helped on your time on Earth
He's been watching everything you'd do

Take Jesus' hand, our special friend
It's time to take your rest
You will find this Earthly life is not the end
Jesus paid the price for our sins, and we are all so truly blessed

With thanks, Joe, you are the best


Posted by Mike Tillotson - An admirer of Joe   January 26, 2012


Let them try to take away your statue, Joe. It matters not. Your monument stands in the great deeds you have done. They can remove a single statue, but for the many thousands of lives you have touched--family, friends, athletes, students, fans--you have placed an eternal and indelible memorial in our hearts and in our souls. Let us carry your great work forward.

You Are...Penn State

Posted by Corey Keys - Penn State Graduate   January 26, 2012


God Bless

Posted by Peter    January 26, 2012


My own father died shortly after I started at PSU, so Joe was like a father figure to me. I always felt part of his Penn State family. Penn State will never be the same. The BOT should all be fired for their knee jerk reaction to the media. JoePa could have beat cancer. He died of a broken heart. I love you JoePa and I always will. May God bring peace to you and your wonderful family, especially Sue.

Posted by Angie Olah    January 26, 2012

What a Great Coach and Great Man.
Those 2 combined made Joe a very special.
Rest in Peace Joe! We will miss you.sazrz

We Love You..Rich and Linda Hemphill

Posted by Rich Hemphill - Chicora, PA   January 26, 2012

Love you Joe....always will. Sue and family as well. You are an inspiration and role model to me. My sincerest sympathies to all those who grieve Joe's passing on to a better place. May the Paterno Family experience the arms of God embracing them at this time and forever. The mother of a Penn State Grad, Sue Abel

Posted by Sue Abel - Pittsburgh, PA - PA resident   January 26, 2012


As a Penn State Master Garden, I think of myself as a little part of Penn State. I did see and heard him when he was a speaker at a dinner in our area of Wilkes-Barre, PA. I would like to share my sympathy to the family for their great loss. He was a great man who did so much for everyone. Thanks for sharing JoPa with us! Florence Mokris

Posted by Florence Mokris - unknown friend   January 26, 2012


i remeber him and coach Bear Bryant shaking hands and talking with each other I feel sure Coach Paterno and Bear Bryant and Vince Lombardi are talking football now
God Bless

Posted by DONALD MANN - A Fan od the Coach   January 26, 2012

As a graduate assistant at University Park in 1969, I first met Coach Paterno at a luncheon sponsored by an education honor society and like millions, I've been an admirer since then. In the mid-1970s, my wife and I traveled to Happy Valley for an autumn football game. In the morning hours, while I was visiting friends in a west campus office building near Rec Hall, Coach Paterno and little Jay Paterno walked by her while she was sitting on a sidewalk bench waiting for me. She had been a nurse at the health center during my doctoral studies. She nervously asked JoePa if he would pose for a photo. He graciously agreed and this photo today hangs in our "Penn State" den. Little Jay is hiding behind Joe in the photo. As busy as he was, he took the time to pose and only smiled and said, "I don't take a very good picture." He was a humble and caring gentleman. We all morn his passing.

Posted by Sylvester Kohut Jr., PhD - Philadelphia, PA - Admiirer   January 26, 2012


What a wonderful man. The true meaning of class

Jennifer Clossin

Posted by Jennifer Clossin    January 26, 2012


We are PENN STATE because you ARE!

Posted by Jeffrey Bowley    January 26, 2012


Thank you for the memories. We have been ticket holders since 1962. We are four generations of Penn Staters and sent five children to Penn States. We are heartbroken. Rest in Peace! Love from The John Lloyd family

Posted by jean Lloyd - admirer   January 26, 2012


I am an avid Notre Dame fan and I always respected Joe's dimeanor...One time in particular he refrained from an interview until ND's alma-mater was through. That shows the absolute quality and compassion he had for the game,as well as, his opponents. We lost an icon of numerous perportions...Even though those Penn State guys usually crushed me on Saturdays... lol I always truely admired him. He is "The Great One...of Football." Everyone will cherish the memories, victories, and tribulations, you over came till our Lord called on you to coach a different team. My heart goes out to his family, friends, and fans. Love You Forever Coach Pa!!! Deepest Regrets,
Mandy Cunningham

Posted by Mandy Cunningham - fan   January 26, 2012


Rest in peace Joe and thoughts and prayers for your family.

Posted by Lynn - Fan   January 26, 2012


A great man who will be missed by many and always remembered. College football will never be the same for me without seeing Joe-Pa running out with the team. My heart goes out to the Paterno family and all those whose lives Joe touched. RIP Coach

Posted by Paula doss    January 26, 2012


thanks for so many memories will be thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Posted by Louann Banks    January 26, 2012


Rest in peace coach

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Posted by Thomas Stine,Sr.    January 26, 2012


Thanks, Joe, for everything. We love you and will always remember the good you did for Penn State. Rest in Peace.
Carole R.

Posted by Carole Rousis    January 26, 2012


Rest in Peace Joe. May you be remember for all that you did do for Penn State, thousands of students and the Happy Valley Community instead of what some say you didn't do. Hinesight is always 20/20 and I say you did what you could do without having first hand knowledge of what may have occurred. Your family should be forever proud of the man, husband, father, grandfather, coach, mentor and friend that you were to so many. God Blessings to your family.

Posted by Cyndi Huff-Walters    January 26, 2012

Me,Nick & John were watching the football team practicing for about ten minutes and nobody said anything to us until Joe turned around and saw us and yell to us to get the hell out of here. Thanks Joe you'll be missed dearly, Joe you're Penn State.
Al Furey

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Posted by Lisa Rothweiler - lifelong fan   January 26, 2012


Dear Paterno family,
Countless tears are being shed all over this nation for your loss and for your grief at this time. My prayer is that somehow your family can be comforted in knowing this. May our prayers hold you during this time of sorrow. Coach will always be alive in memories on earth and reality in heaven with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Posted by karen kowalskie    January 26, 2012


Your legend and lessons/values will live on forever. Rest in peace JoePa

Posted by Kevin    January 26, 2012


One life that can not replaced and will not not me forgotten. RIP IN PEACE JOE PA

Posted by Brandi THrush - loyal fan   January 26, 2012


THE BEST OF THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by C. Peterson - FAN   January 26, 2012


Dear Paterno Family

My condolences to each and everyone of you. The love your husband, father and grandfather had for PSU was unremarkable. I love going to the stadium and hearing the roar of the lion and the chant"JoePa". I as well as many many other people will miss seeing him on the sidelines. May he rest in peace.II Timothy 4 Verse 7
I have fought the good fight
I have finished the course
I have kept the faith
God Bless You All!

Posted by wanda sitler    January 26, 2012


Rest in Peace JoePa and may God bless your family. Fall of 2010 I attended my first football game ever and it was at Beaver Stadium. Such a pleasant and exciting time for me. Thanks to my sisters, I've had the opportunity to return for a few more games. I have always followed Penn State Football as anyone does who was born in raised in Central Pa. No one can replace Joe, he is definitely one of a kind, the world could use more people like him. I believe that he is resting in peace as he knows the truth and knows he was a honest good man. Forever in everyones heart of those who care for JoePa.

Posted by Dianne Barner - Penn State Fan   January 26, 2012


May you finally rest in peace. Thank you Joe for all you have given us and taught us. You ARE PENN STATE and you will ALWAYS LIVE ON IN EVERYONE'S HEARTS AND SOULS!! rip

Posted by SARAH PFABE    January 26, 2012


My father was a great Penn State FAN! He believed in the the Penn State football program and especially he believed in Joepa. Joe P was a subject that all of my family could talk about and share. Joe never knew my family but he was very important to us. My father has passed but every time Penn State football is mentioned I remember my dad. I must thank Joe for being the person he was and giving us many happy memories.

Posted by Penny Strohl - Fan   January 26, 2012


With deepest sympathy from Mary Wisz and family.

Posted by celine m. wojnarowski and mary wisz - friends and admirers   January 26, 2012


Others may come to follow in your footsteps at Coach, but none will ever fill your shoes. RIP JoePa

Posted by Kevin and Sallie Smith    January 25, 2012

Dear Sue & Family
I met Joe and Sue when I was in the Special
Olympics they are vary Special people I of my memory is that when he turn around shook my hand at the Special olympics I will also remember him and his wife Sue in the kindness that the both of them showed towards the people that both of them spent
time with the special Olympics familys and all the football games . He will greatly missed by friends and his family!
Colleen Jay Spencer

Posted by Colleen Spencer - State college, PA - Friiend   January 25, 2012


Been following Penn State football from Joe's first season as Head Coach. Think he coached 550 games and I think I saw at least 90% of those games. Though he was a great coach, America's coach, I will also remember him as an educator, family man and humanitaritan. Rest in Peace Joe.

Ron Bevan

Posted by Ron Bevan - A Fan   January 25, 2012


Rest in peace

Posted by Karen    January 25, 2012


I'm just a hillbilly from the great state of Kentucky who always rooted for Penn State since 1978 I'm only 47 but I loved the way Joe Pa punished the guys acouple years ago 6 screw up the whole team had to pay same as when I was in the Infantry I love him as a Father and a true teacher of life and I will be praying and continue for the family & school for along time and dont forget WE ARE PENN STATE.

Posted by Douglas Rollinger - Big Fan   January 25, 2012


Rest in peace, coach. I grew up in Centre County and JoPa was always part of my life, even though I left the area decades ago. He was a great man, a wonderful personality, a loving parent and husband, true motivator, real humanitarian, and of course the best college football coach of all time. Like many who followed the PSU scandel these past few months, I was in utter dismay in the way the PSU Board of Trustees treated this great man at the end. He deserved much better from these cowards for all he contributed over the years. He put Penn State on the map. They should name the football stadium after him in his honor. It just won't be same without you. We'll miss you terribly.
Condolences to the Paterno family.
Bruce M. Dulberg PSU alumni 1978

Posted by Bruce Dulberg - long term admirer   January 25, 2012


To the Paterno are in my prayers and thoughts. I am so glad you have each other and please take care of Sue.....she is one special lady and IS married to one special man. RIP Joe Pa!

Posted by Kelly White - Fan   January 25, 2012


To the Entire Paterno family: Thank you for sharing JoePA with the world. He will truly be missed. No one can be compared to Joe. He was admimred by everyone in the sports world and will sadly be missed. Watching Nitney lions football will not be the same anymore, there will be that emptyness where he use to stand. He will always be remembere not just for football but the way he was in life to everyone. Truly one of the nicest people you can meet. GOD now is with him and he now looking down on State College and everyone who has played for him and had the privlage to know him personaly. Again thank you to the Paterno family for sharing sucha truly gifted individual. Rest comfortalby Coach.

Posted by Alan Sperling - advid Penn state follower   January 25, 2012

I saw you at a game in 60's. You are forever in my mind.
Be at peace, now, and with His Love.

Posted by Dr. H. Nick - Monterey, CA - friend   January 25, 2012


We share in great sadness with the Paternos and the huge Penn State family that loved and admired Joe so much. Penn State football will never be the same, but it's comforting to know that JoePa is coaching for God's team now.

Posted by The Lindle family - Penn Staters since 1976   January 25, 2012


You impacted my life in a big way. Thank you so much for all that you did for Penn State & it's students....You will NEVER be forgotten.

Posted by Rita Heckman - Huge Fan   January 25, 2012


Just trying to seek out JoePa at a football game was exhilirating to me and when I found him on the sidelines, I took pictures. They may be small, but he is still the Icon I admired.

Posted by Pat - FAN   January 25, 2012


I have never met Joe, however in all of my 41 years I have seen the love and dedication to all of those around him. He truly is a special person and I find comfort knowing he is at peace. Prayers to his family and friends...

Posted by The James Family - Fan   January 25, 2012


sorry for the loss

Posted by Dwight - fan   January 25, 2012


My beloved Joe Pa has died. I am in such pain and grief, I can hardly stand to watch.
I love him so much, and he made my Saturdays so special. I don't want him to be gone.It will never be the same. I have had so many heartaches in my life, and no joy. My one day of joy was Penn State football. I told my neighbors not to call the police on me, because I would be screaming from my sister's couch, as we cheered together for our team.Go Penn State.

Posted by deanna - fan   January 25, 2012


You will be missed!! I never doubted you! Joe Pa you have always been a part of my growing up with many great memories. I will never forget the time we almost ran into each other while walking the hall at Rec hall. I was there visiting and we had just walked past your ofc and I was turning the corner and at the sametime you came around the corner. You were walking to your office. I received a gracious hello and a gentle nod. I was only 16 or 17 at the time and I nearly passed out. It is a very cherished memory of how sweet of a gentleman you were. The last time we were able to see you shine was at the alamo bowl when you all played Texas A&M. I think our whole family had their sights on you as much as watching the game. You are a true hero and your legacy will not be forgotten. Prayers are sent to your beloved wife and family
Mary Ann Douglas Wallace
Towanda PA

Posted by mary ann wallace - mourner   January 25, 2012


Condolences to the Family of Coach Joe Paterno. He was a great coach and above all a great man

Posted by Bro Jim Boyle, TOR - N/A   January 25, 2012


JoePa will be truly missed by all .Our prayers and thoughts are with all of the family.We will forever be Penn State fans...

Posted by The Connollys in Mechanicsburg ,Pa - a life long fan   January 25, 2012


Dear Coach Joe,

So many Saturdays of intense, hard-hitting football at Beaver Stadium and your easy presence walking around campus. Will not forget the day you stopped and asked if I ever played football, that I looked like a good "right end". I was 25, just out of the US Air Force and was so taken that you spoke to me out of the blue. Thanks for the memory and may God welcome you to your heavenly home and the reward He has prepared for you in eternity. You are Penn State!

Richard Parsons Johnson, PSU, 1976

Posted by Richard P. Johnson - Fellow Penn Stater   January 25, 2012


I am a Bammer and as with other Alabama fans, we will miss Joepa very much.

I got to see him again a couple of years ago when y'all came to ALabama. I thnk we cheered for him almost as hard as we cheered for our team.

He will alway be one of men that I will hold in high esteme and try to live my life using his standards.

I am so sorry for your loss and I pray that our Lord and Savior will comfort you in the days ahead.

Posted by Bo Canning - Fan   January 25, 2012


I am sorry for the injustice that you suffered your last two months. I believe in your honor and integrity and you will forever be a hero in our home.

Posted by Lori Willoughby - Fan   January 25, 2012


I have been a fan since the early 70's of the Crimson Tide and never has there been a great Coach and person th Coach Paterno. My prayers are with his family, may our Lord Jesus Christ be with Coach and his family at this time.

Posted by Barbara J. DiCerto    January 25, 2012

Few men have made such an impact during their lives. He has been the guiding light in so many lives. Devoting his life to Penn State, it's students and football , he encouraged generations of youth to strive for excellence in both their character and accomplishments. He did this, however, not by preaching alone, but by showing them the character of a man they could look up to and admire. He is at peace now, free of pain and stress, and will look down on Penn State from a place free of any critics who may doubt his good intentions. RIP Joe Pa

Posted by Terri & Ryan Baker - Saratoga Springs, NY - Penn State Student's Mom/Brother   January 25, 2012


The Paterno Family,
We would like to express are deepest sympathy. Joe was truly a great man on and off the field. He was loved and will be missed by all.
Pam and Kerry (Chesapeake, VA.)

Posted by Pam Slane - respectful fans   January 25, 2012


Rest In peace. I can only remember Joe at his best. Giving to the University, stressing academics as well as his team. and providing the Spirit that defined Penn State. He brought us all together in a warm, cohesive manner, you will be greatly missed by thousands

Posted by emily merino - New Yorik city, NY - former penn state Student   January 25, 2012


Joe Pa-you will always be a legend. Rest in Peace Coach...

Posted by todd richards - fan   January 25, 2012


Went to football games when my dad had tickets nd when Joe was the coach. R.I.P. JOE PATERNO we will miss you WE ARE PENN STATE!!!!!!

Posted by Elizabeth Ferrari - Penn State Football Fan   January 25, 2012

God-Speed. You are . . . Penn State.

Posted by Leigh - Dayton, OH - Penn State Grad 1970   January 25, 2012


Coach will be missed -

Posted by Carla - alumni   January 25, 2012


You will be missed JOE Pa!

Posted by Cindy    January 25, 2012


I have been in your close presence a few times and heard you speak, your heart was always in the right place, your Christianity shined throughout your essence, there is no way you can be remembered in any shameful way you were steadfast in character until the end and will always be remembered for your pure heart and soul. I bet their is much rejoicing in heaven above, celebrating such a full life of outstanding love and dedication to Christ your savior and the community of Penn State students , alumi and of course your family and friends. We will all miss you but never forget all your accomplishments. We Are!!!Go State with help from your Heavenly coach, wow where will that take us,JoePa still going to coach from above!!!!That kind of love never dies. The Lambert's

Posted by Alfie Lambert - friends of Penn State   January 25, 2012


You are a mentor and hero for thousands. May you coach all the angels in heaven as you did on Earth. Thank you for being my inspiration.

Posted by SANDRA SERHAN - Penn State Alumni   January 25, 2012


Football won't be football without Joe.

Posted by Elaine Muthersbaugh - fan   January 25, 2012


We all have learned from you!
God Bless!

Posted by Nancy Cashdollar - Admirer   January 25, 2012

We believe that JoePa was my husband's 3rd cousin. Every time I see Joe's face I see my father-in-law too. He ws a great man, hard working, sincere in his approach to his team, his family, his life. Now that Joe has moved into the arms of God for comfort and life everlasting, I am most concerned about Suzanne and the family. I have prayed for them in their time of grief and loss and I will continue to pray for growing comfort. I miss him so and there is a void in my heart right now mixed with bitterness at the way he was treated. He didn't deserve to go down like that. I know with the help of GOD I will be able to forgive those who did not really understand him and foul hateful things they have said about him. His wife, children and grandchildren and those who loved him know those words were not true and just bitterness at the situation coming out. God be with you Suzanne, and the family in the coming days and weeks. He will not be forgotten ever!
Karen Paterno

Posted by Karen Paterno - Melbourne, FL - third cousin-in-law   January 25, 2012


You shared your husband, father, and grandfather with others for so many years, and there was nothing as wonderful as seeing Joe Paterno run out that tunnel onto the field with his players. I live in Michigan now, but have remained a Penn State fan, and find myself wishing I could say goodbye in person to this iconic leader who changed so many lives for the better.

Thank you for sharing him with us. The personal memories you hold in your hearts must be so precious, so beautiful, and I hope that they will remain in your hearts, minds, and souls to give comfort in this time of change for all of you.

My memories come from Band Day at Penn State from 1970-1972, playing with many bands and watching the game from beginning to end. I loved these days when we could all cheer for Penn State in person. When I lived in Pittsburgh, Pa., I remember fondly those days of the Pitt-Penn State football games. Being the sole Penn State fan among many Pitt fans has become a fond memory for me.

You continue to share him as you allow others to publicly view him, and I thank you for the chance to see the chapel where he lays in state via television. As I saw the football player wipe his eyes, I too knew sadness at Joe Paterno's passing. Coach Paterno had given so much of himself to so many. He is a model of how to live a life well, and I know that he now resides in heaven, that beautiful place where there will be no more goodbyes.

Thank you, Joe Paterno, for years of dedicated devotion to Penn State and the people whose life you bettered by your time with us. Prayers of support go to his family and friends who now will carry his memory in their hearts. God bless all of you.

Posted by Linda Ricklefs - a Penn State fan   January 25, 2012


I had the pleasure of sharing a flight and to be seated next to Coach, he was gracious, respectful and shared stories about his family and PSU, one of the best conversations I have experienced, god bless you all in your grief. Know that you will always have an angel watching over you.

Posted by Richard Fernandez    January 25, 2012


Rest, JoPa. Well deserved. I still remember the moment you were walking up Pollack Drive and I was walkin down on my way to class. I said, "how you doing, Joe? "You said, "fine, how are you doing in school?" I said, "good", you said, "stick to it!" Doesn't seem like much of a conversation, but it meant a lot to a kid that saw you from a distance in a stadium that held 90,000. Seeing you at Church consistently on Saturday night set a good example for the students and showed that you cared about other things than football and we should too.

Posted by Sosna Family    January 25, 2012


May you rest in peace with your family drawing support from their memories and your shared love.

Posted by Margo Ostrowski    January 25, 2012


I've been trying to figure out what to say on here for hours. I just can't find the words. Every time I try to write or see something about Joe, I cry. Please know that to many, especially to me and to my daughter, parents, Grandmother, etc., Joe was so much more than just a football coach. He was everything that we all would like to be -- even if just slightly like him. I personally was raised on Penn State football and with Joe it seems. I raised my own kids the same way. I've never liked or followed professional football -- college was my "thing" and always my Penn State. :-) Many people seem to think that all of us who loved Joe idolized him. That wasn't the case. I never looked at Joe as an idol. I've always looked at him as like a Grandpa, a man of integrity, honor, and morals. Someone who always looked beyond themselves for the betterment of others. I admired Joe. And I always will. Please know that although I'm sure you are getting these by the thousands and you may never even read this -- but if by chance you actually do -- we loved Joe. He was like a part of our family too. We grieve with you. Penn State will never, ever be the same without him there. All that being said, please know that although I wish he hadn't been taken so quickly, I'm glad he wasn't left to suffer the wrath of cancer for a long time and I know he is some place where he is pain free and enjoying great weather and lots of football. :-) At least I think if anyone should, that person should be Joe.
With the sincerest of heartfelt sympathies, you the Paterno family, will always be in our hearts and thoughts and we will always love your -- and our - Joe.

Mary & Meghanne, Towanda, PA

Posted by Mary Parker Bradley & daughter, Meghanne Parker - Fan   January 25, 2012


Our family has always been Penn State Fans. We traveled to State more times then we can remember to watch the football games. Our daughter also graduated from Penn State and needless to say we were very proud of the thought of her going to such a prestigious college. Joe Pa is Penn State. Its sad to say, but Penn State won't feel to same with out him. He was everyones father/grandfather figure. You can't take away 61 years of LOVE and RESPECT for what someone else did. You will always be special to us and when we here "WE ARE", we'll be saying JOE PA....

Posted by RICE FAMILY - FAN/GRADUATE   January 25, 2012


I have grown up watching Joe Pa and the Nittany Lions.. Something my father and I shared. Going to numerous games and watching them on TV.. I will never forget this man who has touched my life.

Posted by Debbie McNulty - fan   January 25, 2012


Joe was the best college football coach ever and will be missed by many people.

Posted by Laura Slagle    January 25, 2012


Being 1 of 5 siblings that all attended PSU I will always remember Joe and what he did for PSU. He is was and always will be PENN STATE in my eyes! May your broken heart be healed in the afterlife and may your family find comfort in knowing you are in a better place now with the great coach in heaven!

Posted by Jeff Basko - PSU Alumni   January 25, 2012

I grew up in Happy Valley loving college life, football, and Joe Paterno. He helped make PSU great! Noone could or will ever fill his shoes. We are mourning our loss, and will always remember him as a great coach and man in our community.
Blessing to the Paterno family.
Cheryl Myers Thomas PSU alum and lifelong fan

Posted by Cheryl Thomas - Manassas, VA - frielnd   January 25, 2012


God bless you JoePa, your family is in our thoughts and prayers. You are loved by many, WE ARE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by The Shirk 's    January 25, 2012


I remember meeting Joe when I was 19 and working as a secretary at Penn State. I was carrying my lunch back to my office and we met on the sidewalk. He asked if he could have a french fry. Then another one. The players that were with him teased me that he would eat all my fries if I wasn't careful. It was like running into a favorite uncle. He was so sweet and down to earth. As silly as it was, those few minutes talking to Joe on the sidewalk are a treasured memory. We will all miss you Joe. Peace be with you.

Posted by April Bresnehan    January 25, 2012


RIP JoePa you will be greatly missed.
We are Penn State !!

Posted by Sue Rider    January 25, 2012


Even though Joe was promoted as "legend" and an "icon" by others, he always remained a humble, honorable man who led by example. His contributions to education, women's sports, and Penn State should never be forgotten. Bless you JoePa and may your family find comfort in their memories.

Posted by Kim Di Rienz    January 25, 2012


Rest in peach Joe Pa. I will and always will remain a proud Penn State Alum because of you.

Posted by Michael Feld    January 25, 2012


WE ARE.....grieving. WE ARE.....remembering. WE ARE.....praying. But mostly, WE ARE...because YOU ARE...Penn State.

Posted by Sheri - Alum   January 25, 2012


To the Paterno family goes my deepest sympathy. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Although we've never met, I feel as though I had to let you know how proud I am to be able to say I am a Penn State fan. This is for one reason and one reason only.....Joe PA. His extreme love of people, football, community is unmatched and will not be forgotten.
God bless you.

Posted by Susie - Fan   January 25, 2012


To the Paterno Family I would like express my deepest sympathy. Joe was a great husband, father, grandfather, teacher, coach and mentor. You are PENN STATE!!! Thank you for so many wonderful memories and everything you did for all the students lives you touched and for making Penn State the university it is today. May God Bless you JoePA and your family. Rest in Peace!!

Posted by Connie Kershaw    January 25, 2012


Rest in peace Joe.Will always remember what a great man you was... Hope the people responsible for breaking your heart will think of you daily. You will always be in our prayers.

Posted by Charlie DeArmitt - True Fan For Life   January 25, 2012


Thanks Joe.

Posted by Roman Family - Proud PSU MOM   January 25, 2012

NO ONE DID IT BETTER or with more class. Rest in peace.

Posted by jay halley - brick, NJ - fan   January 25, 2012

Listening and talking with Pa Joe and wife Sue was part of our greatest memories at PSU Thank you for giving us Love. Sincerely Momma Carter#32

Posted by Momma Carter#32 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Mother of PSU running back#32   January 25, 2012


Coach Paterno was truly the "Lions Pride". May he finally rest in peace. Deepest sympathy to his family, his friends and his teams, all who have lost a truly remarkable human being. God bless you all.

Posted by Donna Hockenberry - psu retiree   January 25, 2012

My Father had played football for Penn State when Joe Paterno was in his second year of being an assistant coach. He loved Penn State and Joe! He got lung cancer 2 and 1 half yrs ago and became weak from treatment but he wanted to go to one last home coming game at Penn State which he had done for the last 25 yrs. He did go and as weak as he was, it meant the world to him. He also passed away from complications of lung cancer on the 22nd of March 2010. Now they will meet again in heaven! God bless you Joe Pa! You will never be forgotten. You were and always will be Penn State!!!

Posted by Sheryl Linard - Mount Joy, PA - fan   January 25, 2012


Joe, you have done so much for so many. You will be sadly missed, but your legacy will live on. You have made so many lives better in so many ways. Now is your time to rest in God's kingdom.

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Posted by Joann Buynak    January 25, 2012


JoePa: He was a teacher of vision and a poet of men.

Posted by Robert Kitsock - friend   January 25, 2012


Mrs. Paterno & Family,
Our heartful sympathies to you and you family for your profound loss of your beloved Joe.
Joe's passing a profound loss for so many who loved your husband, yet did not know him personally.
He was a man of honor, an icon, and a true legend for all his accomplishments both on and off the field.
We are truly saddened by his loss.
May God Bless you in this time of sorrow.
John & Caroline Tucci
Pottsville, Pa

Posted by John & Caroline Tucci - big fan   January 25, 2012

As an undergrad at Penn State I met Joe Paterno only once. My roommate and I walked home after the football game and waited patiently on his street. As Joe Paterno walked home that afternoon as he always did, we stopped him and asked if we could have a picture. He beamed brightly and answered, "Sure, no problem." He posed with both of us. The photo still sits on my dresser after 28 years and is one of my favorite momentos of my college days. He had time for everyone, even two silly young girls infatuated with Penn State football and the man who embodied it. Thanks Joe. I have the utmost respect for you and the program you ran. God Bless You and May you rest in peace.

Posted by Nancy Busalachi - Tonawanda, NY - PSU alum   January 25, 2012


May you rest in peace,and may your memories last forever.

Posted by Daniel Klingler    January 25, 2012


The sole of a man may be measured by the lives he touches. For Joseph Vincent Paterno is richer than any man I know. He touched so many lives in a positive way. May the lord watch over him and bless his family. God Bless.

Posted by J.J. Myers - PSU Alum and Student-Athlete   January 25, 2012


I was shocked when I heard about this loss, it was surprised to hear of what he was fighting when just 2 months ago I lost my father to the same thing. I honestly BELIEVE he gave up when he lost his coaching that was his life and he didn't deserve the way it came about. We have to ALL remember him for what he has done for the college and his team and the million of people he has touch in the past making sure all students and children had what they needed for education. Thank you Joe for all you have giving me and my family GOD bless you.

Posted by Mr Mrs Scott Nelson - fan/friend   January 25, 2012


Our thoughts and prayers are with the Paterno family. Thanks for sharing him with everyone.

Posted by Anne    January 25, 2012

i was never a really big fan of penn st. im a georgia bulldog but when i heard about joes passing tears started formin in my eyes because of a guy that was someone you could trust a father figure or grandfather figure to some to be i was a big fan of joes and liked that he wasnt like most coaches coaching at a school for a few years then skipping town and screwing the team over his memory will live on forever and as for me i will always miss seeing that old guy at penn. st being calm cool and collected rip joepa you will be missed by millions.

Posted by chris - jax, FL - just a fan   January 25, 2012


Thoughts and prayers are with the Paterno family. Joe has made such an impact on soooo many lives including mine. What a great man and awesome football coach. He is gone now but wont be forgotten. Love you Joe Pa. R.I.P.

Posted by Shannon Zagora - joe pa fan   January 25, 2012


R.I.P. Joe,Thank you for all you have done. you are PENN STATE....May God Bless You.

Posted by bonk family - fan   January 25, 2012


One incredible life lived to benefit so many others...

Posted by McCobb - Alumnus   January 24, 2012

I was proud to be a second generation PSUer who greatly admired the coach and person called Joe Paterno. I grew up hearing about him and watching football with my dad who was a PSU Freshman the year Joe became head coach. Then, my own freshman year, he came up to my table in East Halls dining room, and talked to us. I was awe struck that I finally met the man in person and talked to him!!
I ran back to my dorm after my lunch and called my dad to tell him about my exchange with Joepa and he was jealous!!! Rest in peace Joe- we love you!

Posted by Melissa D. - Yardley, PA   January 24, 2012



Posted by missy a ferrari    January 24, 2012


I grew up watching PSU football with a Father who was a life long PSU fan and I continued to be a fan as an adult after my Father was gone. I feel like JoePa is a member of our family. His character is of a standard almost unmatched in our world today. may all of us aspire to be the person he was, even in the face of adversity. RIP, Coach!

Posted by T. Beckenbaugh - fan and admirer   January 24, 2012


A genuine and caring individual who spent his life helping others become much more than they thought they could.

Posted by Michael Zmuda - fan and unknown friend   January 24, 2012



Posted by BILL - A BIG FAN   January 24, 2012


Thank you for all of the memories, Joe. May you now have peace.

Posted by DD McMillian - fan   January 24, 2012


Farewell, Coach!

Thank you for all you have done. Your true legacy will live on in the lives and legacies of those you touched.
My thoughts and prayers are with Sue and the entire Paterno family.

R.I.P. JoePa

You will always be present on campus and on the sidelines...

Posted by Dirk Lehmann    January 24, 2012


I always enjoyed seeing joe happy to see the special Olympics athletes and loved hearing him say "we are Penn State!" He was a romodel to many people.

Posted by alicia turner    January 24, 2012


You are at peace now Joe. Thank you for all you gave throughout your life.

Janet Shepard Manny, Colchester, VT

Posted by Janet Shepard Manny    January 24, 2012


The Paterno family is in our thoughts and prayers. You will be missed Joepa...more than you will ever know.

Posted by Luann Beresny    January 24, 2012


Thanks JoePa for all you have done for Penn State, for Pennsylvania and for educating young people. Rest in Peace.

Posted by Gary Blankenhorn - Fan of PSU   January 24, 2012


We never got to meet Coach Joe but sure would have liked to. We have liked/loved him for his entire coaching career. Really feel someone is missing. So sad. We have ALOT of respect for him and always will. He is truly one of the all time greats. Love You Coach Joe. RIP

Posted by Louis & Diane Callen - acquaintance   January 24, 2012


My familes prayers are with the Paterno family at this diffucult time. Joe will be missed.

Posted by Missy Brown - none   January 24, 2012


You always fought the good fight and ran the good race, now be at rest in God's care.

Posted by Nancy    January 24, 2012


My thoughts are with the Paterno family.

Posted by Patricia Castree    January 24, 2012


I have been a loyal fan of JoePa and Penn State for many years. Mr. Paterno was the a man you looked up to and happy that you knew such a great man. May God bless your soul JoePa. We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace.

Posted by Loretta J. Merlini - Loyal fan   January 24, 2012


We Are.......Family. Rest in Peace JoePa <3>

Posted by staci blank - fan   January 24, 2012


R.I.P to a Wonderful Football Coach.
You will never be forgotten

Posted by John Lacko - Penn State Fan   January 24, 2012


He was a very wonderful coach who did more then anybody and he can think off. He deserves better and didn't deserve to get FIRED. Prayers will the whole family, friends and the Penn State Fans. I will always be a Penn State Fan no matter what.
Keep the memories and everything about him in your heart at all times and remember that he is now watching over everybody that loved him.
R.I.P. Joe PA
Hope you form a football team in heaven with my brother on your team.

Posted by Michelle Ann Cushman - Penn State Fan   January 24, 2012


You will be missed by all

Posted by Cynthia    January 24, 2012

I met Mr. Paterno as a Freshman student in 1974. He was kind to me. I workerd at the football office briefly and I know firsthand how he looked after,cared for and about his players. He saw that they graduated and got a good education. Prayers & blessings to his family and all that love our beloved school.

Posted by Leila Herron Waters - Charlotte, NC - PSU student '74-'78   January 24, 2012


My memory of Joe is him being on the side lines like Bear Bryant never back down and always in for a good fight. He will surely be missed We love ya Joepa

Posted by Anthony Buige - Fan   January 24, 2012


For over 40 of my 64 years of life, Joe Paterno and the Nittany Lions have managed to make a lot of dark days turn into rays of sunshine. Joe, you will always be in my heart and your legacy will continue through all of us who love you. We will stories of you and Penn State to our children, grandchildren and their children on and on for ever. Rest in Peace

Posted by Linda - his greatest fan   January 24, 2012


You will forever be in our hearts. You are Penn State to us1 RIP Joe We love you

Posted by Patty    January 24, 2012


I am an alum of Penn State and was born and raised a Penn State fan with Joe Paterno. I can't even explain the sadness I feel of his passing and PSU will never be the same. I just hope that he can rest in peace the way he deserves to. He will always hold a place in my heart.

Posted by Angela Alu - PSU Alum   January 24, 2012


I did not know Joe Paterno but my nephew graduated from Penn State. One weekend in 2006 I was there visiting him. We were walking around town and on the other side of the street my nephew said "Oh there is JoePa" My nephew yelled "Hi JoePA and he looked up and waved at us as we waved back. My nephew said I do not even know him but if I see him he always waves. That is the kind of person he was. May he rest in peace. Special love to his family and friends. What I special person.......

Posted by Smith, Debbie - Family member went to Penn State   January 24, 2012



Posted by JAN HOOVER - ALUMNI   January 24, 2012

My brother, Mickey and I played football for the Univ. of Maryland
From 1962 to 1965. We had many close games, but could never
Beat JOE PA. In 1967, I was working as a recruiter for an insurance
Company, on Penn States campus. I had some time, so I went to
coaches office to say hello. When talking to his secretary, he walked out
Of his office, walked up to me and asked, which Melcher twin are you,
Mickey or Dickey? I was blown away!!! Joe was a great man, and
He will be missed by millions. My deepest condolences to his family
And God Bless him.

Emmett"Dickey" Melcher

Posted by Emmett "Dickey" Melcher - Va. Beach, VA - Friend   January 24, 2012


Thanks Joe Pa... We will miss you

Posted by Gary Niman - Fan & Supporter   January 24, 2012


The Paterno Family : My family and I are so very sorry for the loss of such an iconic man as Joe. I grew up with Penn State football and the name JoePa. Joe is and always will be Penn State. Joe is synonymous with Penn State. Joe will forever be in everyones heart. Joe is very much loved and respected. Joe will be greatly missed. Joe and the entire Paterno family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Missy Greene (JoePa fan forever )

Posted by Missy Greene    January 24, 2012

I was blessed enough to be recruited by JoePa in 1973. I did not attend PSU for undergraduate, instead opting to stay closer to home in Boston. Not Only did JoePa call me to say he understood, and wished me nothing but the best, but when I did have the fortune to attend PSU for Graduate School, he remembered me. We had several great conversations as I toiled in Grad School. He was a great mentor, advisor and most importantly My Friend.
JoePa never once ever mentioned to me my decision to attend BC instead of PSU. In Fact, on a few occasions he would ask me to tell him about my experiences at BC. And did I get out of BC what I attended there for, and even more so, he questioned, did I leave BC a Better place than when I arrived?'
Joe Paterno is a rare human being! He embodied the many traits we now instill in our children. Honesty, Integrity, Compassion, Competitiveness, Accountability and most importantly, Faith!
I just had my senior in HS at PSU this summer, trying to encourage him that PSU was a Good place for his college experience. Again, as did I, he made a decision to stay closer to home this coming fall, but he LOVED Happy Valley. My one regret was he did not get the chance to meet this great man, Joe Paterno when we were there. He will have to come to know him though my experiences with him. I only hope I can properly convey the deep rooted Love I have for JoePa!
Please, remember this great man for ALL that HE did in his life, NOT for what he didn't do!
May God Bless JoePa, His Lovely Wife Sue, and all the Paterno Family!
With Deepest Sympathy,
Chris O.

Posted by Chris O    January 24, 2012


Thoughts and prayers to the Paterno Family. Joseph Vincent Paterno gone but never forgotten. He truly was a legend and noone will ever replace him. God Bless

Rocky, Susan, Courtney & Zack Dixon
Pottsville, PA

Posted by SUsan Dixon    January 24, 2012


Joseph V. Paterno WILL ALWAYS BE someone of integrity, faith, perserverance and humility. He is a shinning example of how we all should carry ourselves in good times and bad. No matter what the world throws at you forge through with determination and dignity and remain firm in what you believe in. God Bless you Mrs. Paterno and family.

Posted by Holly - Supporter and Fan   January 24, 2012

May you R.I.P. JoePa. Your love and passion for those kids, the sport and Penn State was very inspirational.

Posted by Ginny Hellman - Mechanicsburg, PA - Penn State Fan   January 24, 2012


One of the greatest coaches ever

Posted by Barb Beddard    January 24, 2012


Joe Pa on the field in the 60's. Great man and an inspiration on how to live a life.

Posted by Susan von Hemert - friend   January 24, 2012

I never met joepa but I always made sur I watch all there games. The world lost an icon! There will never be another joepa. My deepest sympathy from my family to his. God bless the paterno family. From the Duca family in coatesville pa. God speed joepa.

Posted by Nicholas Duca sr - Coatesville, PA - A fan   January 24, 2012


Jo Pa, thanks for all you did to make my family the great football lovers they are.My grandmother wasn't a huge football fan, but she "tolerated" the sport because of you! She was a big fan of yours. My son is now playing college football, and you were his idol. And I am sure you always will be. Rest in Peace.
Michelle Churchville, PA

Posted by Michelle Checchia - fan   January 24, 2012



Posted by Diane    January 24, 2012


Rest in peace, Joe. You will always be remembered for all the good you have done.

Posted by Lisa Carroll    January 24, 2012


RIP JoePa. Will miss you but will never forget the positive impact you had on so many.

Posted by Mauree - Dedicated Fan for Life   January 24, 2012


Posted by mike baker - tyler, TX - college sports fan   January 24, 2012


Gonna miss ya joe. R.I.P. WE ARE PENN STATE

Posted by The Keener family - Fans   January 24, 2012


Gonna miss ya joe

Posted by The Keener's - Fans   January 24, 2012


Rest IN Peace

Posted by The West Family - Fans   January 24, 2012


Legends Never Die. R.I.P. Joe Pa. You are finally home.

Posted by Rebecca - n/a   January 24, 2012


God Bless you JoePa --- RIP

Posted by Juliet    January 24, 2012


To Mr. Paterno's family, I'm so sorry for your lose. Mr. Paterno will be remembered for all the good he did. Loved by so many.
When my mom saw Mr. Paterno walk through those golden gates she probably said " I MUST BE IN HEAVEN" oh yeah she is in HEAVEN. we will see them again some day!

Posted by marybeth - friend   January 24, 2012


Thoughts and prays

Posted by Rebecca Stephens    January 24, 2012


I've been a big fan of Joe paterno for many, many years. He was a great coach and a great person! God Bless him - may he now rest in peace.

Posted by Genie Persivale - Big Fan of Joe's   January 24, 2012


Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. He was an amazing man and is at peace now!

Posted by Chrissie Larson - fan, admirer, alumni   January 24, 2012


May the memories of Joe's love sustain you and bring you joy.

Posted by sue wakeman    January 24, 2012


Penn State will never be the same without JoePA, he was a "tribute to the university".
All of us that loved feel that he died of not just the cancer BUT a broken heart.
Rest in peace JoePA, God knows what a great man you are.

Posted by Marilyn Cartwright - alumni 1991   January 24, 2012


We are......PENN STATE!

Posted by Laura    January 24, 2012


Coach Paterno, you will live forever in my heart and mind. You are the soul of our beloved Penn State. Thank you for all you have done in your amazing life for all of us!

Posted by Susan K. Foster - alumni   January 24, 2012


We'll always remember all you did for Penn State. We are proud of the football coach who held such academic standards and contributed so much to life at the University, whether it be tinged with regret at the way it all ended. Please rest in peace and know you were loved and admired.

Posted by Cheryl Dawson - Long-time fan   January 24, 2012


Oh how your legacy will live on. Rest in peace, what a wonderful man you were!

Posted by Rae - none   January 24, 2012


He was the Grand old man with an inspiring career, it is amazing how he turned around the careers of hundreds of young men> I regret, I was in area for 12 years and I never saw him in person!

Posted by an admirer    January 24, 2012

Joepa was one of a kind real man to all. he should have a halo. he helped everyone to understand the meaning of being strong, honest and thank you pertino family for sharing him.we love and respest him fovever.with symphany dick,Beverly Kurtz

Posted by Beverly KURTZ - jimthorpe, PA - DEVOTEDFAN   January 24, 2012


Even though I am a total stranger to you, I would like you to know I hope you rest in Eternal Peace.

Posted by unknown    January 24, 2012


To the Paterno Family;
You are in our thoughts and prayers during this time of your loss. Joe was a living example in life for many, and an example of what integrity should always be for all.

Posted by Chuck Schell - Fan   January 24, 2012


Watched all games and attended a few. Prayers and thoughts sent to Family of Joe Paterno. You will always remain in the heart of your fans and students.

Posted by Charles and Della Stenlake - Fan   January 24, 2012



Posted by NanaMel Kaucher - Just a Friend   January 24, 2012

God Bless you. An amazing coach, and above amazing human being. Prayers and comfort to your family.

Posted by Teri - Milton, PA - A respectful fan   January 24, 2012


One of the best football coaches ever. Many great games. Rest in eternal peace,Joe.

Posted by Janet Gutmann    January 24, 2012



Posted by Roy thornburg - Fan   January 24, 2012

My deepest condolences to the Paterno family. Rest in Peace, Joe Paterno. I smile knowing you are in Heaven and you are with God Almighty. I wish I could have been a fly on the wall up there as Joe entered the pearly gates and God welcomed him to His kingdom....
God: "We Are...."
Everyone else in Heaven: "Penn State!"

Posted by Chris Kleinstuber - Wilmington, DE - PSU Alumni - Class of 1991   January 24, 2012


Forever Loved..Jopa you are a great example of God's love..

Posted by Cindy    January 24, 2012


To JoePa's family, I feel your pain and sadness,it is hard to say goodbye to a father, husband, grandfather, mentor, friend, leader. I always looked forward to football day not only to watch the game, but to watch this great man on the sideline guiding and encouraging the young men to do there best, the win was great and the loss was tolerable as long as each did his best. PSU will never have another coach like JoePA he is greatly loved and missed by the true fans and friends of football. Everyone who came close is a better person for it. Thank you for sharing this wonderful man with us, allowing him to spend time away from you all. God Bless you all

Posted by Sue    January 24, 2012


I used to take ribbings from some of my brothers about..Penn State..when Coach Paterno first arrived +/- yrs. My first memory comes from (probably) his first major bowl win over Kansas or Kansas State (?) in the 1960's. His boys stood tough on defense and kept attacking at offense till Coach and 'his boys' prevailed (unknown score?) All in all, I was immediately impressed and always would haved relished having him as a coach!!!Enough said; that's my fondest memory... Coach Joe Paterno is the Best...we'll miss you!!!

Posted by Dean - honored 'student'/admirer   January 24, 2012


May Gog bless your soul and watch over your family. You were a good man, husband, father, leader, and a great coach. You will be deeply missed by us.

Posted by Scott E Treadway    January 24, 2012


I met you while attending a band camp at Penn State when I was a sophomore in high school. I couldn't believe that such a legendary man would actually take the time to talk to a group of band geeks-let alone cross the street to do it. But, that's the type of man you are. Rest in peace, Joe Pa. You are now, and will always be the greatest coach ever in my heart and mind.

Posted by Mary Golden    January 24, 2012


A great man - a great legacy! You are missed so much.

Posted by Pat    January 24, 2012


My heart bleeds blue and white for JoePa. It was initially stabbed by the PSU trustees including Governor Corbett. Love and prayers to the Paterno family. God bless you Joe. I hope we meet again.

Posted by Dr. K - PSU alumnus   January 24, 2012


RIP in Joe. You will be sorely missed by the many football enthusiast. Thanks for the memories.

Posted by Henry Holt    January 24, 2012


Greatest college coach ever

Posted by Lonnie Nusser - penn state alimina   January 24, 2012


To a great man and coach, I had the pleasure of watching for many years. R.I.P. Joe-Pa

Posted by Dave Moody - Fan   January 24, 2012


I dont know the details and quite honestly who am I to judge I will leave that up to God. But I will say this you were a Great Coach. And I am so sorry that you were in so much during these last few months. At least now we all know you are doing what you loved here on earth in Heaven. Play some ball... You will be missed by many.. May you Rest In Peace with no more suffering. Your Game is done.

Posted by crystal mattox - none   January 24, 2012


I have followed Coach for a few years and really believe he died more of a broken heart than anything. I pray for his family and all they have been through. He seemed like a wonderful person and did not deserve the way he was treated.

Posted by Peggy Martinez    January 24, 2012

A great coach,but even a greater human being.May all the qualities that made him great serve as an inspiration to us all.May his Soul rest in eternal peace

Posted by John Lowery - Shepherdstown, WV - admirer   January 24, 2012


JoePa's family, I feel your pain and sadness,it is hard to say goodbye to a father, husband, grandfather, mentor, friend, leader. I always looked forward to football day not only to watch the game, but to watch this great man on the sideline guiding and encouraging the young men to do there best, the win was great and the loss was tolerable as long as each did his best. PSU will never have another coach like JoePA he is greatly loved and missed by the true fans and friends of football. Everyone who came close is a better person for it. Thank you for sharing this wonderful man with us, allowing him to spend time away from you all. God Bless you all.

Posted by Stephanie Schwartz - friend/fan   January 24, 2012


What a wonderful man who did so much for so many! He shall never be forgotten by those of us who respected him so much!
My prayers go out to the family.

Posted by Bonnie Heimbach - Alumni, class of 71   January 24, 2012


You were a wonderful man Mr paterno you will be greatly missed you touched a lot of peoples lives you have made I lot of boys into strong men we are really gonna miss you but every time we say or hear we are Penn state we will think of you because without you there would be No us.

Posted by shae - student and fan   January 24, 2012


Rest In Peace & may God bless your soul. Praying for the family.

Posted by Marilynn    January 24, 2012


What a wonderful man. He was what football and living should really be about. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the members of your family at this very difficult time. Peace to all of you.

Posted by Andrew & Anna Jochum - Admirer   January 24, 2012

My father, Adolfo Paulo deChristopher introduced me to JoePa when I was a young lady,,I told him he could be my Grandfather's twin. On the occasion my father and I would meet up with him,,,it was simply fascinating to visit with him and I will always remember his encouragement to me about my education,,,well JoePa,,,I finished with a PhD in medicine,,,,retired at least three times,,,have watched as many games as I could,,remained a Penn State and of course Steelers fan,,,,thank you for your advice in my life. RIP.

Posted by Patricia Smith (deChristopher) - Millville, NJ - Friend   January 24, 2012


May you rest in peace and bathe in God's undying love. You were a true inspiration to many.

Kuhn-Setzer family

Posted by Clarissa Kuhn - Setzer    January 24, 2012


Deepest Sympathy

Posted by Laurine Thornton    January 24, 2012


The gifts given to Penn Staters and their families will never be forgotten. Your contributions to college football will always be remembered. Thank you for being you and helping so many individuals in your lifetime

Posted by Jerry L. Lapham - Penn State Supporter.   January 24, 2012


You are a champion and may the Lord hug you as you enter the Pearly Gates. RIP. My condolences to the family and my prayers are with you and all of the stress you have had to deal with.

Posted by Bryan - fan   January 24, 2012


those in charge at Penn State have made some mistakes regarding Joe Paterno, I hope they see the way to correct them by doing what is right for him now that he is gone.

RIP Coach

Posted by Bob Adams - fan   January 24, 2012




Posted by Bryan - big fan from Florida   January 24, 2012


I attended the main campus from the fall of '95 to the spring of '98. One of my hobbies was mountain biking in the Toftrees area north of State College. On one of those biking trips, I crossed paths with JoePa, who was out taking a walk/hike. I rode past him and casually said something like "Hi Joe." Looking back I wish I would've stopped just for a minute to say a few kind words to him, but I didn't. Anyway, that's one of the things that I truly admired about him. Through all of the fame and fortune that he had earned and certainly deserved, he was still the same regular person that you would come in contact with in the most ordinary places. He didn't allow all of the hype and hoopla to change him. He truly was an extraordinary "ordinary Joe" and I feel fortunate to have had the privilege to have met him, if only for a minute in passing on a wooded trail. Rest in Peace JoePa. May God comfort your family and friends during this difficult time.

Posted by Shawn - Penn State Class of 1998   January 24, 2012


Rest in peace JoePa

Posted by Linda Bentzel    January 24, 2012


My heart aches for all of us left behind.

Posted by Kaye    January 24, 2012


I am a Alumni of Penn State and was privileged of meeting Joe Paterno on a few occasions, he was a great Man. And I want to send my Condolences to his wife Susan and his family, he will truly be missed, and remembered as a true icon that he was not only on the field but off, and for everything he did not only for Penn State University but for the community of State College, RIP Joe Pa God bless u.

Paul A Johnson

Posted by Paul Johnson    January 24, 2012


HAPPY VALLEY will never be the same without you JoePa!!! You are a legend that will never be forgotten... you made Penn State what it is today!!!
R.I.P JoePa you will be missed by many!!!
We are.....PENN STATE!!!
We love you JoePa!!!!!!!<3>

Posted by Cheryl    January 24, 2012


God bless the paterno family, the loss of such a wonderful coach and family, friend is never easy. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sincerely, Michelle Oquendo

Posted by Michelle oquendo - Friend   January 24, 2012


Words can't express the loss that the family feels for such a great loss-he WILL be remembered always as a great great man

Posted by BArbara Myers - PROUD PARENT OF PENN STATER   January 24, 2012


Joe Paterno was Penn State-he took it from a Cow College to the best team they ever had-he didn't deserve what they did to him through a phone call-they should be ashamed-

Posted by barbara myers - PROUD PARENT OF PENNSTATER   January 24, 2012


Thank you for all the wonderful games & memories. Rest In Peace

Posted by Donna - friend   January 24, 2012


Joe Pa,

Happy Valley will never be the same without you! You made Penn State what it is today, and your legacy will live on forever in our hearts. We miss you and love you!! May you rest in peace for all of eternity!!

Posted by Corey Wolfe - Penn State Fan   January 24, 2012


God has Smiled on you and said my child its time to come home. God Loves you and so do I.

Posted by M. Elaine Brown - Sister in Christ   January 24, 2012


I've been a Penn State fan all my life (56 years) born in Altoona Pa, moved to Michigan and then on to Alabama, all the Michigan and Alabama fans couldnt tear me away from my Penn State loyalty and never will. Rest in Peace JoePa, your in heaven now watching over us

Posted by Marianne (Kelley) Uptigrove Penn State fan living in Arley, Ala    January 24, 2012


Joe, you were the best. God Bless your
wife Sue, your children and grandchildren,
He gave everything he had to Penn State,
I will miss him and his rolled up pants.

Joe Rozman-Mingo Junction, Ohio

Posted by Joseph Rozman - Fan   January 24, 2012


i just wanted to say i am very sad to learn of joepa's death. i got to see him coach his team at one our our u of m games at the big house. he sure loved football and loved his team. i always admired the way he related to the kids and the team.

Posted by Darlene Appling - football fan   January 24, 2012


The Paterno Family,
On behalf of my entire family we are sorry for the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. And though we never met, he was truly a remarkable man, on and off the field. He will be missed by all!
The Vandenburg Family
Royersford, PA

Posted by Susan Vandenburg    January 24, 2012


May you rest in peace. You will be greatly missed

Posted by Juanita Hedden - Fan of Penn State football.   January 24, 2012


To our Beloved Coach Paterno, You will be missed by all of the Penn State Alum and Penn State Fans, May you Rest In Peace, God Bless your family

Posted by Richard Condon    January 24, 2012


Farewell hero and mentor. I led a life without a strong living hero, until Joe Pa. In the late 80's I read his book. His erudite discussion of Greek and Roman culture, his love and dedication to his family and core values-real core values- inspired me. With his loyalty to what he held dear he taught us all, quietly and strongly, what is important in life. He made me love Penn State. I didn't go there, but I wish I had. When I heard of his death, I raised my arm and repeated, WE ARE PENN STATE! and cried. For all the Paternos, please know that he rested on you and you gave him his strength.
Thank all of you and thank you Joe for the light you showed us all and the teacher you were to so many thousands.
Penn State administration and governor- Shame on you!! Are you so weak to need to hide behind an 85 yr. old man who has given you so much?
God Bless all of you who continue to support Joe and the Paternos.

Posted by Barb Huber - A grieving fan   January 24, 2012

Thank you for helping make Penn State a school to be proud of. You will be missed by a huge extended family. God bless you.

Posted by Gregg Stone - Pittsburgh, PA - PSU graduate & parent   January 24, 2012

Dear Sue and family, Our sincere sympathy and prayers Today my eight year old grandson came home from school (Monday) and said Grandma almost every student had on a Penn State shirt or a Joe Pa shirt, just wanted to share with you what you already know, how respected and loved and revered Joe was, Sincere sympathy from our large family of 35 being the parents of six and many of them graduating from PSU.


My daughter was down Hershey in the Hospital and Joe came to the Children ward to meet the kids in the lobby.My daughter was too sick ( she had Luikemia) to leave her room. Afterwards he came to her room to meet her. She asked if he would take a picture of her with him so she can give it to my husband who was a Penn State Fan. My husband was so happy that she did that. My husband's best friend that owns Rush Inn in Kingston had the picture blown up to hang in the bar. Rush Inn is a Penn State fan bar.That picture will hang there to honor Joe and my Jessyca in memory of them. And I wanted to thank Joe's family for his caring and thoughfulness .

Posted by Barb Felia - Kingston, PA - A Friend   January 24, 2012


Although I did not attend Penn State, growing up in central Pennsylvania, there was no other team than The Nittney Lions and Joe Paterno. I was about 12 when my grandfather took me to my first PSU game. I remember how much he love the coach pacing the sidelines. Great memories of my grandfather will always be tied to Penn State and JoePa. To his family, we are so sorry for your loss. The world has lost one of the great ones!

Posted by Jeannette Weitzel - Admirer   January 24, 2012

Joe was a humble man that delivered great results and the reason to watch college football when his team played. He will be missed by a lot of fans. May he rest in peace, God Bless the Paterno Family.

Posted by Phil Flores - Riverside, CA - Just a Fan Joe Paterno   January 24, 2012


To the Paterno Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. My family and I have been long time Penn State and Joe Pa fans. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficul time. Julie from Ohio

Posted by Julie    January 24, 2012

A man's greatest legacy are those whose lives he altered. There are many fine men who played football and graduated from Penn. St. who were mentored by the man. Now they carry on those life lessons learned to another generation.

Posted by A.J. Tascione - tobyhanna, PA - none   January 24, 2012


Thank you Joe for guiding so many kids in the right direction. I am proud that my daughter goes to PENN STATE and proud of you for the gentleman you were. May your spirit continue to grow at PENN STATE for generations to come!!! God bless you and your family. - Barbara Lyons

Posted by Barbara J Lyons - Mother of Student going to Penn   January 24, 2012


May you rest in Peace

Posted by Jim and Dawn Gregory    January 24, 2012


rip joe pa

Posted by bill    January 24, 2012


We all love you JoPa. And will forever. You will be greatly missed. Prayers and love goes out to your family.

Posted by jean - fan   January 24, 2012


RIP to Joe PA. Sorry to his family, coaches, and players, and all whose lives were personally touch by this great man!

Posted by Berks County Residence    January 24, 2012


Rest in Peace JoePa, you will be greatly missed.

Posted by Marianne Uptigrove    January 23, 2012

I have never met Joe although I spend a lot of time with Pro sports figures. I always hear them speak of him with respect and admiration. He lived the American dream! A little guy from Brooklyn who rose to the top but never forgot were he came from. Those who thought they had destroyed him only strengthened our respect for the man! If there is a Football team in heaven, well you know they have one hell of a coach. RIP Joepa!

Posted by William Burke - Philadelphia, PA - Supporter   January 23, 2012


My father was so happy the day I graduated from Penn State, but his happiest moment was when he met Joe Paterno at my graduation. I have a picture of my father and Joe Paterno at Beaver Stadium on my graduation day in May of 1984. My dad was smiling from ear to ear. Now I know they are both in Heaven and my Dad is shaking his hand once more.

Posted by Linda Pauline    January 23, 2012


A great leader and a great humanitarian...sadly, he will be missed... fondly, he shall be remembered! Greatest coach in college football!

Posted by Bruce Holroyd - Penn State Football Fan   January 23, 2012


One of my most cherrished memories will be of having my picture taken with Joe Pa at the Rose Bowl game. I made my way up to the platform at the pep rally and handed a player my camera and asked Joe if I could have my picture taken with my hero. And then I sent the picture and asked him to autograph it. He took the time to do so and it is one I will treasure forever. Thank you Sue and family for sharing such a great man. Sincerely and with deepest sympathy. Deb

Posted by Debbie Gregitis - FAN   January 23, 2012



Posted by Griselda Sosa - Fan   January 23, 2012


I will forever hold Joepa up as a hero and a righteous man. I will teach my kids to honor him and his contributions to Penn State. We will never forget you Joepa!
because............ WE ARE.....PENN STATE!

Posted by Angela Hoffman - Alum   January 23, 2012


Joe, you were a great coach, a great mentor and had a fine sense of humor, thank you for all the years of hard work and providing us with such a model of how to live.Thanks for the great memories.

Posted by Mary - friend   January 23, 2012


I remember how kind of a person Joe was. He will be sadly missed.

Posted by Chris - None   January 23, 2012


May Jesus be with all in this time of your sorrow!!!

Posted by Linda + Gino    January 23, 2012


RIP JOEPA, you were a legend and always will be. GOD BLESS, Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. One moment does not define a man.

Posted by Lori - supporter of JOE PA   January 23, 2012


Joe Papa was always at all the games; illness never let him down. He was a GREAT man and that will be the way I will always remember him. My prayers are for the family at this time.

Posted by Buckeye Fan    January 23, 2012


I remember attending a fundraising event in the mid 90's where Joe was also in attendance. I told my husband how excited I would be to meet JoePa. He asked Joe if he would dance with me and we enjoyed a Polka together. He was a fun-loving and unpretentious man. I have a lot of respect for JoePa and what he did for all of Penn State and the Alumni!
Brenda Clapper - 1985 Graduate & JoePa Fan

Posted by Brenda Clapper    January 23, 2012


I always looked up to you, you were my hero and I appreciated all you did for us at Penn State. The world has lost one truly great man and you will be forever missed.

Posted by Linda Arnowitt - Penn Stater   January 23, 2012


I have been a Joe Paterno fan my entire life. My home and my office display many pictures and other memorabilia. The world is a better place because of Joe Paterno.
I will miss him but will NEVER FORGET HIM!!!

Posted by Rose Balcavage - Admirer and PSU Alumni   January 23, 2012

i never had a chance to meet Mr.Paterno,but
what I've seen of him in his vocation of love and what others have written and said of him,he was a good man caught up in the turmoil of todays politicaly correct asinine
world of ours.It's plain and simple he died
of a broken spirit and heart.God continue to be at his families side forever.

R.I.P. Coach Joe Paterno

Posted by Manuel Arenas - Tampa, FL - Fan   January 23, 2012


Our hearts are deeply saddened with the loss of Joe Paterno. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sue and her family. We shall never forget you Joe Pa!!!! God Bless....R.I.P.

Posted by William and Doreen Morgan - PSU Parents   January 23, 2012


we will miss you

Posted by william tagliaboske - friend   January 23, 2012


Rest in peace Joe.I have been a fan since I was little.I never attended Penn State but because of you and what you stood for I was always cheering you on.May you and your legacy live on in the hearts and memories of all whose lives you have affected or in those,who like me,never knew you but loved and respected you just because of all you were.May all of this give your family strength and comfort and may they carry on your legacy for years to come.God Bless.

Posted by Denise - Fran   January 23, 2012


In memory of Joe Paterno

Posted by Meri Castellano - PSU fan   January 23, 2012

I want to express my sincere sympathy to the family of this wonderful man, person, father, friend and husband. I will never forget him and all he stood for. Rest in Peace JoePa. knowing you are loved

Posted by Joyce Smith - Lake City, PA - Friend of Penn State   January 23, 2012


Rest in peace, Joe Pa.

Posted by Laurie    January 23, 2012

As a Viet Nam Vet I carried my favorite football team with me in Viet Nam. As I got older I realized it wasn't the team-but the coach. A man of men, loved by his players- he was loved by us who had no real connection with him.
Do yau all really understand what we lost? Joe, my partner Stanley (see picture)will be by your side in Heavon!
My memory was real until Sunday, 01-23-2012. God bless you Joe.

Posted by Ronald McCarty Sr - Hartly, DE - NONE   January 23, 2012

RIP Joe Pa.

Posted by Bob Chorba - Milwaukee, WI   January 23, 2012


praying 4 Sue & the Paterno family during these terrible times.

Posted by Mary Linda Willoughby - friend of Penn State football   January 23, 2012


Thoughts&prayeres for Joepa and all the Paterno Family.Thank you for all you did for PSU....

Posted by Maria Zuco    January 23, 2012


We are so very sorry for your loss. he was a great and caring person and may i add he never did anything wrong He FOLLOWED THE SCHOOLS CHAIN OF COMAND, PLEASE LET HIM REST NOW, OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU, LOVE AND PRAYERS DARRELL AND MARSHA PHIPPS BECKLEY WV.

Posted by marsha phipps - just a admirer   January 23, 2012


All the extraordinary accomplishments, dedication, and sincere sharing of his knowledge for the betterment of others during decades of hard work is not tarnished or erased by the wrong deeds of someone else. Forever and always, God Bless Jo Pa, his family, and his Penn State!

Posted by Debra Baig - Admirer   January 23, 2012


Hevan is a little brighter now that a star for JoePa has been added.. Rest in Peace Dear Joe you will be missed now and forever.

Posted by Connie Kling - fan   January 23, 2012


Thoughts & Prayers for Joe Pa and all the Paterno family. You were a GREAT man and you always will be in my eyes.
RIP Joe Pa+

Posted by Bonnie    January 23, 2012


My thoughts and prayers go to JoePa's family and all his fans. He was a great coach, mentor and a great man! RIP JoePa. You are gone but will NEVER be forgotten.

Posted by Kim Marler - fan in S.C.   January 23, 2012


RIP Joe Pa Thank you for all you did for PSU

Posted by julie Beckk    January 23, 2012


JoePa was a good man who touched all our hearts. His legacy lives on in all of us who try to live by his moral code - Success With Honor. We love you JoePa!

Posted by Michelle Rupp    January 23, 2012


You will be greatly miss JoePa! We all love you! You will never be forgotten!

Posted by Kelly Ruhl - friend   January 23, 2012

Joe Paterno
You gave your life for others
To make them better than all the rest
You wanted football at Penn State
To be nothing but the very best.
You taught honor and loyalty
To your school and team be true
But one of your friends was a judas
And others turned their back on you.
They threw you away like garbage
And your fans were so forlorn
But God said that's enough
It's time for JoePa to come home.
Now as you walk those streets of gold
You can hold your head up high
Because the legend of Joe Paterno
Will truly never die.

Posted by Russ Tomlin - Glen Allen, VA - Fan   January 23, 2012


I just always thought joe was an exceptional person. He didn,t get the respect he should have gotten. He sure did enough for penn state. we all have our flaws.

Posted by barbara park - just a fan !!!!!!!   January 23, 2012


I hope you are looking down and can see the love and respect that you so deserve. Few men leave the legacy and trail of helping others that you have. Rest in peace...dear JoePa

Posted by A Joe Paterno Fan    January 23, 2012

May God bless you Joe Pa. My heartfelt condolences and prayers are with your family. The Jones family...from Honey Brook, PA

Posted by Lyn Jones - Honey Brook, PA   January 23, 2012


God Bless you and your family. You will be fondly remembered and sadly missed.

Posted by LeAnn - Alumni   January 23, 2012


I will always have warm thoughts about JoePa!

Posted by Jonathan Schon - fan and Penn State Alumnus   January 23, 2012

god bless you and your family.....i hope your son scott will get justice for you did not deserve prayers go out to uour loved ones....

Posted by bobbie sullivan - langhorne, PA   January 23, 2012

RIP Coach Paterno! A truly wonderful, caring person. Heaven truly got its newest angel.You are loved by all and will be missed by many. Deepest Sympathy to your family and friends.

Posted by MaryJo McGraw - North Ridgeville, OH - a fan   January 23, 2012


I was in State College around Easter last year. I got to speak to JoePA as we left from getting ice cream, what a Great Man! He will be sadly missed!!!!!

Posted by RUSELL BERGHOLTZ    January 23, 2012


A legend that will not be forgotten. May you enjoy your everlasting football season, you deserve it. Rest in peace.

Posted by Sandra Harmon    January 23, 2012



Posted by John Racciato    January 23, 2012


joe paterno will be sadly missed by everyone. nobody can ever do what he did to help get players to pro football like he did. my joe's spirit be a guardian angel over psu & everyone who knew htm. god bless you joe. we all love you.

Posted by margaret walter - fan   January 23, 2012


Joe Paterno was a renaissance man. He always put others before himself. He set the benchmark for anyone striving to make a difference!

Posted by Victoria Suarez - Family Friend   January 23, 2012


God Bless you JoePa. Thank you for all you did for Penn State and State College. Thank you for being such an inspiration to so many people. You are awesome. RIP. Much love, Cindy

Posted by Cindy Shope Waltemire - A fan   January 23, 2012

Joe stood for what sports are all about.
He will be missed on saturdays.
I hope the people at Penn State that blamed
the happenings on him can't sleep nights
because of there guilty consciouses.I think
it was an underhanded trick to blame him
for every thing that happened.

Posted by john wells - shillington, PA - admirer and a fan   January 23, 2012


What can I say...I am so very sad. He was such a special man. For his family I think you know much much he was respected and loved for the man he was.

Posted by sandy - fan   January 23, 2012


Just a great coach and person, You will be missed.

Posted by Todd Leazenby - Fan   January 23, 2012


Rest in Peace Coach...........

Posted by Mike - A Fan   January 23, 2012


You will always be with on the fields

Posted by Happy Valley Football Fan - football fan   January 23, 2012

He was the best of the best in collage football.We lost a good one but his shadow will on be will us on game day.

Posted by Maria m - ocala, FL - football fan   January 23, 2012


In our hearts forever!!!!

Posted by Rhonda - fan   January 23, 2012


RIP Joe, you will be greatly missed by all

Posted by Larry - Fan   January 23, 2012


Our thoughts are with you as we share your loss. The Penn State community has lost its most caring person.

Posted by Wayne and Lisa Eaton - Allumni   January 23, 2012


Our deepest sympathy to the whole family,you are in our thoughts & prayers.

Posted by Mike & Judy - none   January 23, 2012

I was an undergrad at PSU 1980-84, and lived in East Halls Dorm. Almost every day I stopped at the creamery for a mint choc. chip cone. Many times, Coach Paterno was there. He always waited in line patiently like everyone else for his ice cream. I was always in awe of him, and afraid to say anything. One day, I turned and he was right behind me. I smiled and said "hi!" He had this big smile, and talked to me for about 10 minutes while we waited in line, asking me how my studies were going, and sort of giving me a little pep talk. I couldn't believe he took the time to talk to a "lowly freshman". I always loved PSU football, went to all the games, and had the deepest respect for the man who was such a legend that took 10 min. of his time to chat with me. He did not deserve what happened to him, and I am ashamed to say I am part of a university that would treat such a kind, dear, generous, man who gave so much to us with so little respect. To me, he will always be #1. He gave his all. He will not be forgotten, and he WILL be remembered with the respect and dignity he deserves. As far as the trustees, the rest of the University that tried to dishonor him, and even our own Governor, I feel nothing but disdain and embarrassment to be associated with you. We will miss you Joe, please find peace. I will pray for you, and remember...the SKY IS BLUE AND WHITE! Love You, Lynne Sieminski, MD

Posted by Lynne SIeminski MD - Forty Fort, PA - Penn State Alumni   January 23, 2012


My deepest sympathy in our loss of someone who meant so very much to so many. I've followed PSU for many years and I'm proud to say my USMC son graduated from there and is now in a Doctorate program. May God comfort you during this difficult time.
Love and prayers,
Marilyn Dunkle

Posted by Marilyn Dunkle - a longtime fan   January 23, 2012


He will be missed.

Posted by Nancy Rudny - none   January 23, 2012


RIP will be forever in our hearts. We ARE PENN STATE!!!

Posted by sue k    January 23, 2012


Rest in peace, Joepa

Posted by Trudy    January 23, 2012


May God's peace surround Joe's family. He was an amazing role model for all...students, coaches, faculty. Happy Valley will never be the same. Thanks for the memories!

Posted by Kathy - PSU Alumni   January 23, 2012

I am so sorry for your lost,hope you can find confort in knowing,how much people
loved him,and respected him.There will never be such another good man,in my lifetima.

Posted by HelenHoffman - Lewisburg, PA - Just a Huge Fan   January 23, 2012


Prayers are sent to the Family and Friends of JOEPA.....RIP JOE.....
With deepest Sympathy,
The Huseman Family

Posted by Huseman Family    January 23, 2012



Posted by JULIE BROWN - FAN   January 23, 2012

The loss of this man is one of the last connections to my Grandfather, who died in 1985, I watched a lot of Penn State football over the years but not as much as I watched w my grandpa..He introduced me to Joe & his teams by telling me,"He is a true athletic coach because he cares more about the education received than the wins" right he was, through the decades as times changed, he kept the same rule 'learn before play'..RIP Sir..RIP...

Posted by JMDGoodno - Berkshires, MA - fan   January 23, 2012


My son, Joe went to PSU for football camp & met Joepa & the football couching staff. He enjoyed it very much even tho PSU was a rivial team for our home town. Thanks for sharing your values & talent with him & all the young men you've helped thru your many years of life coaching. Happy Heaven & Peace be with your family & friends.

Posted by Joe's mom - thankful fan   January 23, 2012


we will never forget your life lessons and all of the good you instilled in penn state

Posted by bill & joyce - psu alum   January 23, 2012


joe you will be one of the most missed men ever.your name shall go down in history as one of the greats.

Posted by rj sinko    January 23, 2012


Coach Joe Pa was a rare man that Penn State was privileged to have as their Coach. He built this incredible legacy; not for himself, but for the students, the team, and the college. Joe Paterno will be remembered with respect and love for being a guiding light to all those who came in contact with him. Football is synonymous with Joe Paterno. My husband is a PSU alumni (1983) and our son is currently a student. PSU football will continue to thrive as "We are Penn State". God Bless the Paterno family and thank you for sharing Joe Paterno all these years with all of us. Our prayers are with you.

Posted by Wendy Ulizio - friend   January 23, 2012


I always admired you as a Coach and a family. R. I. P.

Posted by Erma Adams - Fan   January 23, 2012


Thank you Mr. Paterno, for the many years of your dedication..A memory never dies, it stays within our hearts.

Posted by The James Family    January 23, 2012


Today we lost a tremendous legend in the college football world. He was a man of character and a fierce competitor who demanded respect. He will be missed and always remembered for what he stood for "character" and "A class act" May you rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

Posted by Janice Miller    January 23, 2012

I am so very saddened by Joe Paterno's passing. What a great man! I was introduced to this legend by my parents. On Saturdays, they both looked forward to either a Notre Dame game, or a Penn State game. They LOVED Joe Paterno!. I was so surprised to have just read that Joe was raised on 18th St. in Brooklyn, NY, and graduated from Brooklyn Prep. I wonder if my parents ever knew that. My mother was raised on East 17 th St. in Brooklyn. My father was also raised in Brooklyn, and he, too, graduated from Brooklyn Prep ... 1925.
May God bless you in this time of sorrow.

Helen B.

Posted by Helen Bates - Somers, NY - Just an admirer   January 23, 2012


Rest in peace Joe...may God bless you and keep you forever in His heart.

Posted by Bern - Admirer   January 23, 2012



Posted by Julie Smith - none   January 23, 2012


Goodbye Joe, when you get to heaven, tell Bear we still miss him. Roll Tide

Posted by Joie Starling    January 23, 2012


Mr. Paterno ,may your heart finally be at rest.God is the final judge and jury,you have made a difference in so many young peoples lives. The idle gossip does not determine the man and what you stood for. God knows your heart. That's what is final you have fulfillled your plan.May you continue to play football with the angels.
Ms C Kaufman Gilbert Arizona

Posted by cheryl - friend   January 23, 2012


Thank You Coach Paterno for investing quality and integrity in the lives of PSU students and leading by example. My deepest condolences to Mrs.Paterno and family. May you rest in peace, JoePa.

Posted by Ann McClain - fan   January 23, 2012


I used to walk to school with Joe Pa in the fall and cold winter mornings as he was headed to football practice. He was always so cheerful and interested in how my classes were going. He always remembered me by name and my plans to be a veterinarian. He continued to encourage me every day. Joe Pa reminded me of a father if only for a few minutes of time on our way to PSU. Thank you, Joe, and God bless.

Posted by Deborah Keim, M.S., V.M.D. - PSU 76 & 78   January 23, 2012


Rest in Peace, My deepest sympathy is with his family.

Posted by Sherry Holsten    January 23, 2012



Posted by MICHAEL KEENEY    January 23, 2012

A man displays his greatness in the life he leads and the courage of his convictions. JoePa is, and shall forever be a Man who lived a life of honor, love for family, football, and Penn State. When I think of him...I remember a huge smile upon his face as he ran out onto the football field with his team. I shall always think of that time when his smile seemed endless and let that be my memory. God bless Sue and his family and all who mourn him at this time.

Posted by Linda O'Donnell - Mechanicsville, VA - Penn State alumni   January 23, 2012


Joe, will be Missed! God continue to Bless the Family. Your legacy will live on eternally. You were a one-of-a-kind shining light! Love, our frends in Des Moines, IA

Posted by Carolyn King, Th.D - friend - supporter   January 23, 2012


Thank You Coach Paterno for all the great games with BAMA. You and the Bear are the Best of all time.
James Marinos

Posted by James Marinos - A BAMA fan thats a Joe Pa fan   January 23, 2012


The world has lost a treasure.

Posted by CBehnke    January 23, 2012


Was impressed as a child by Coach Paterno's special presence when his Nittany Lions played the Iowa Hawkeyes in Iowa City. No other opposing coach sticks in my mind... it's been 40 years. RIP, Coach.

Posted by liz press - fan from iowa   January 23, 2012


Bless his heart...I will remember him as a champion, a leader,a good man that believed in winning, football and the apple pie of Penn State's eye!

Posted by Nancy    January 23, 2012

My mother went there and is now living in the senior villages. My nephew sent Joe a book about Penn State when he was 7 and Joe responded, my sister went there and brother , and my son. Joe's morals help all of them. God bless the family.your the best

Posted by sANDI NAUGHTON - greentown, PA - none   January 23, 2012


I have never been a sports fan but because my family is, I have seen Joe many times & always knew him immed. & was happy seeing him because I felt he was so immensely dedicated to his teams. I truly admired him & felt so horribly sad about the ending days of his life after he gave his whole self to that college. I'm from Phila. but always associated him with the name "Happy Valley" which it certainly wasn't at the end. I'm so glad he is now at peace & no longer suffering either physically or mentally & pray for peace for his whole family. Much love, Virginia in Calif.

Posted by Virginia Novak - fan   January 23, 2012


Bless all family and friends! RIP Joe you are now at peace! Friend from Lebanon,pa

Posted by Linaa Field - friend   January 23, 2012


Joe Paterno was Penn State football at it's best. It's sad that this was the last memory he had on this earth, one of controversy.

Posted by Norman Hood    January 23, 2012


Rest in Peace. Thoughts & Prayers for Joe's family and friends.

Posted by Shelley    January 23, 2012


My prayers for Joe are that he died with no

doubts about anything! He was a great role

model & leader who was so respected & loved

by so many. JoePa, you will be so missed!

Posted by Joan Thesier    January 23, 2012


Coach Joe was inspirational to all who attended PSU. My heart goes out to the Paterno family for all they have had to endure in recent months. His memory lives on for all the good he has done and lives he has touched.

Posted by Joseph G. Sporko - psu family   January 23, 2012


We will miss you. Your Dad told you to make an impact. You most certainly did, and you always will, even though you are not physically here. We lit a candle in church for you and your family today. Sad day for us, but you are at peace.

Posted by Diane Conigliaro - parent, PSU grads   January 23, 2012


I always liked the way Joe Pa coached. May he rest in peace now that he's free from pain.♥

Posted by Saundra Rohn - Fan   January 23, 2012


We recently opened a chilcare center on campus and on opening day, Coach wondered onto our playground. I have always wanted to meet this wonderful, generous and amazing person. I started yelling from the office --"JoePa!! And proceeded to run out the door to greet him. I invited him to come in to see the center and he politely said that he needed to finish his exercise and walk but would try to come back another time (truthfully, I think I scared him, but he was so gracious) He will truly be missed by myself and everyone of Happy Valley . Always keeping the memory of our JoePa sighting close to our hearts....

Posted by Annemarie Carl - Parent Penn Stater   January 23, 2012


My prayers are with the Paterno family for comfort and strength, as well as the PSU students at this difficult time. My son is a freshman at PSU and absolutely loves it there. He is at a prayer vigil for Mr. Paterno as I write this. I did not know "JoePa" personally as his students lovingly called him, but I have always heard what an honorable, caring (always putting others first and realizing his blessings,) and considerate gentleman Mr. Paterno was and his worries are over. God is so good! May beloved JoePa rest in peace. PSU, you have an angel to watch over all of you forever! With deepest sympathy and prayers. The Fogarty Family of Bel Air, Md.

Posted by Mr. & Mrs. Kevin M. Fogarty, Sr. - Mother of student at PSU   January 23, 2012


I did not know Joe personally! He was however an inspiration to all! He is now in heaven where there is no greed, power or hatred.. only love and Joe had so much love for the State students and players! God bless the Paterno family for sharing Joe all these years!

Posted by M Lina - Fan   January 23, 2012


You are in a better place in peace

Posted by Constance D. Stanford - burlington, NJ - a fan of joe paterno   January 23, 2012


rest in peace

Posted by Constance Stanford    January 22, 2012


!Rest in peace, Joe. You are gone but not forgotten.

Posted by Cheryl Keil - fomrer student of Penn State   January 22, 2012


Today has been a day of quiet in our home.

JoePa, You have been a part of our family's life for more than 50 years. From being a contemporary of our own Grandpop who graduated from PSU in 1942, through my husband's own time in Happy Valley 1977, our nephew's time 2003 and now 2 of our children's time (2007 and 2013). You have been and continue to be a constant source of pride in this family. While I did not graduate from PSU, your ongoing quiet example of demonstrating to the students how to be responsible citizens of the world no matter what the circumstance always made me feel proud to be associated with the PSU community. For many of us you epitomized what it meant to be a part of something special. Thank you for that.....
I know you will be welcomed into God's arms and I pray the love we all feel for you will give your family some small measure of comfort.

Posted by Jan    January 22, 2012


RIP Coach your legend will live forever. You will be greatly missed, but never forgotten.

Posted by Michele McCormick - alumni   January 22, 2012


Rest in peace Mr. Paterno
Praying for your wife and family.
be encouraged.

Posted by Constance D. Stanford    January 22, 2012

As a young boy, I was thrilled to be going to a PSU home game. As my mother, her best friend, and I walked across campus, I looked across the street and was shocked to see Joe briskly walking in the same direction. I exclaimed to my mom, "there's Joe Paterno!". She said, "go ask to shake his hand", excitedly. I ran across and asked to shake his hand. He smiled and said, "sure, sure", and reached out and shook my hand. He asked me to cheer loudly during the game as I ran back across the street. I'll never forget that beautiful fall day and will forever idolize him. We were astounded that a major college football coach would have time for a bratty kid, let alone on game day. It is a true testament to the wonderful man he was. RIP JoePa.

Posted by Ryan Reed - Harrisburg, PA   January 22, 2012


My deepest sympathy to the Paterno Family. We lost a very special man. We love and will miss Mr. Paterno. Our hearts are broken. May God bless you richly. My Love and Prayers are with you forever. Nancy Langhorne, Pa.

Posted by Nancy Petrovich - A fan   January 22, 2012

Our prayers are with the Paterno family..My father adored Joe Pa and had alot to do with one of Joe Pa's players in years past...We followed the Lions closely to watch x-player from Salem NJ ,,,Lydell Mitchell...My dad has passed on and his wish was to go to heavn in his Penn State sweat suit and his greek fishing hat...Joe Pa you will probably meet him there,,,his name was George Pappas..

Posted by Jan and Walt Saunderlin - cape coral, FL   January 22, 2012


God Bless the Paterno are in my prayers. Leigh O., Pismo Beach, CA. Penn St football fan

Posted by Leigh Olsen - fan   January 22, 2012



Posted by Kenny Massicotte - fan   January 22, 2012


RIP Joe. Our loss is Heaven's gain.

Posted by Anita - friend   January 22, 2012


Rest in peace Mr. Paterno. We fans will never foget you or what you did to make this life better for thousands of young students both on the field and off. You are now in God's hand and cannot be hurt anymore by anything here on earth. God Bless your family and help them through this very sad day and may they know that the world loved him and respected him. God Bless you Joepa. With deepest symphathy from your fans from Las Vegas, formerly from McKees Rocks, The Charles Harm Family.

Posted by Gerry Harm - Loving Fan   January 22, 2012


R.I.P. "JOE PA". You will be sadly missed from Happy Valley & the world. I'm so sorry for your family & all your football players, past & present, God help them through their grieving I know your up there with your old friend "John Radabaugh" of Osceola Mill, PA., I took care of him before he passed on. I believe you were his favorite person in the world. Other than Arlene,(his wife) that is. (smile). He always wanted me to read the Penn State Football reviews to him. Arlene, at first objected, saying it made him to sad 'cause he was no longer able to be out there. I soon concienced her that was exactly what he needed. You could tell how much he respected you & loved you. I'm also sure be he'll looking for you. So have fun, & we'll see you soon. Love, A Strong supporter, Inez & Brian, Philipsburg, PA

Posted by Inez & Brian Wolford    January 22, 2012


I hope the trustees are feeling the anger for the poor way they treated Paterno. No matter what he deserved better treatment from them.

Posted by dollfdtd    January 22, 2012


RIP JoePa. You will forever be in our hearts.

Posted by Susan    January 22, 2012



Your name will live on forever because of your great deeds as a family man, and the students lives you enlightened as the Head Coach of the Penn State Football Team.

Posted by Coach Todd Welch - Colleague   January 22, 2012



Posted by Freddie Williams - Hillsbrough, NJ - FRIEND   January 22, 2012

My parents loved to go to the games. My mother would get all dressed up . I remember her red plaid suit, skirt she wore. It was a positive thing in her troubled life. Thanks JoPa for giving joy to my troubled mother.

Posted by Patricia - Phoenix, AZ - self   January 22, 2012


May you rest in peace. May your legacy live on through the many lives you touched

Posted by sharon abdul-haqq    January 22, 2012


Your love for football and Penn State has given so much to so many. Thank you JoePa.

Posted by FORNEY Family - Alumni   January 22, 2012


You are an honorable man. I will never forget you Joe. My prayers to your family.

Posted by Kathleen    January 22, 2012


God be with you Joe. You were a fabulous coach, father, grandfather & human being. You have touched endless lives and you are now at peace. God be with your family

Posted by Elizabeth Marchionni - A Fan   January 22, 2012


Thank you JoePa for all the years of wonderful football, for all your consideration and comittment to the young men you coached and for being the man so many looked up to. The good you did inyour life will never be forgotten. Thank you for the memories.You walk with the Angels now and may you have eternal rest and peace.

Posted by Debbie Stellfox - fan   January 22, 2012


god called his angel home today we r very sad'n by the lose but ur spirt will live on WE ARE PENN STATE

Posted by warren    January 22, 2012