A funeral Mass for Geraldine Ferraro, the Queens-born politician who was the first woman to run for U.S. vice president on a major party ticket, is set for Thursday morning in New York City.
Ferraro died Saturday a form of blood cancer known as multiple myeloma. She was 75.
"Geraldine will forever be remembered as a trailblazer who broke down barriers for women, and Americans of all backgrounds and walks of life," President Barack Obama said in a statement released Saturday.
He added, "Sasha and Malia will grow up in a more equal America because of the life Geraldine Ferraro chose to live."
The funeral will be held at the Church of Saint Vincent Ferrer on the upper East Side.
Ferraro's family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to several charities including two multiple myeloma research foundations.
With the Associated Press