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Pennsylvania Governor Rendell Remembers, Celebrates the Life of Lt. Governor Catherine Baker Knoll During Capitol Tribute
Date:11/21/2008

HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --During a memorial service in the Capitol Rotunda,Governor Edward G. Rendell today remembered Lieutenant Governor Catherine Baker Knoll as a lifelong teacher, an important partner in public service, and a tireless advocate for the people of Pennsylvania.

"As the first woman elected lieutenant governor, Catherine was a noted and storied public servant," said Governor Rendell. "Her family and her faith were driving forces in her life and, until the time of her illness, she was a passionate advocate for everyone, especially children, who she loved to teach.

"Catherine worked hard because she wanted you to know that she was for you and that she wanted to help you. She was one of the most enthusiastic, passionate, caring and compassionate people to ever serve Pennsylvania in elected office. She will be missed in this building and throughout the commonwealth."

Governor Rendell extended condolences to Knoll's many family and friends, who were joined by members of Congress, the Pennsylvania General Assembly, judges, officials from other states, and citizens from across Pennsylvania.

Following the Governor's remarks, speakers, including U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton, U.S. Rep. John Murtha, and Pennsylvania Lt. Governor Joseph B. Scarnati III each shared memories and stories of their time with Catherine Baker Knoll. They spoke of her energy on the campaign trail, her dedication to children's education, her generosity, and of trips she made to Walter Reed Army Hospital to meet wounded veterans and express her appreciation for their sacrifice.

Hundreds of mourners attended the memorial service today to pay respects to Knoll, who died Nov. 12 after battling cancer. She was in her second term as Lieutenant Governor.

During the ceremony, Knoll's casket was delivered to the Capitol by an H
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