Penn State's former head coach Joe Paterno will be buried on Wednesday, Koch Funeral Home has announced on its Web site. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Tuesday, at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center on the Penn State University Campus.
There will also be another visitation held from 8 a.m to noon on Wednesday, at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center on the Penn State University Campus. This will be followed by a private family funeral service, according to Koch Funeral Home.
A public memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, at the Bryce Jordan Center, which is also on the Penn State Campus.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, Paterno's family has asked that donations be made to the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania at 2570 Blvd. of the Generals, Suite 124, Norristown, PA 19403, or Penn State-Thon at Thon, c/o 1 Old Main, University Park, PA 16802.
Paterno, 85, died of lung cancer on Sunday. This was less than three months after he was diagnosed with lung cancer.
Paterno lost his job as head coach of the Penn State football team in November, after child sex abuse allegations surfaced against former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Even though he wasn't charged with any crime, the Penn State Board of Trustees fired him as head coach on Nov. 9, after serious questions were raised regarding what additional follow-up could have been done once he had been made aware of one of the allegations against Sandusky.
Graduate Assistant Mike McQueary testified that he saw Sandusky allegedly sexually assaulting a young boy in a Penn State shower and that he told Paterno about it. Paterno reportedly waited one day before alerting school authorities about what McQueary told him and police were reportedly never called in the matter.
Paterno, known to many as Joe Pa spent more than 45 years as Penn State head coach, won 409 games and brought the Nittany Lions to 37 bowl games and two national championships.
We grieve for the loss of Joe Paterno, a great man who made us a greater university. His dedication to ensuring his players were successful both on the field and in life is legendary and his commitment to education is unmatched in college football. His life, work and generosity will be remembered always, Penn State Board of Trustees and University President Rodney Erickson said in a statement.
The University plans to honor him for his many contributions and to remember his remarkable life and legacy. We are all deeply saddened. We are considering appropriate ways to honor the great life and legacy of Joe Paterno. The University's Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is consulting with members of the Penn State community on the nature and timing of the gathering.
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