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Sargent Shriver Remembered at Funeral

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(POTOMAC, Md.) -- Family, friends and other mourners gathered Saturday for the funeral of former Democratic vice presidential candidate and Peace Corps founder Robert Sargent Shriver Jr., who died Tuesday.

Former President Bill Clinton, first lady Michelle Obama, U2 front man Bono and singer Wyclef Jean, along with members of the Kennedy and Shriver families were among those in attendance at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, the Shriver family's church, in Potomac, Md.

Shriver, who died at 95, had long suffered from Alzheimer's disease, a cause that his daughter, former California first lady Maria Shriver, championed in recent years.

Serving in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations in the 1960s, Shriver ran the War on Poverty and either founded or was an early advocate of groups like Head Start, VISTA, Job Corps, Community Action, Legal Services, Upward Bound, Foster Grandparents and the Special Olympics.

Speaking of Shriver's death on Tuesday, President Obama described him as "one of the brightest lights of the greatest generation."

Shriver was buried in the same Hyannis, Mass., cemetery as his late wife Eunice, who died in 2009 at age 88.

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