Joanne Rogers, the widow of Fred Rogers, dies at 92 – WTAE Pittsburgh

Joanne Rogers, the widow of Fred Rogers, has died at the age of 92. David Newell, who played Mr. McFeely on “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” confirmed she died Thursday. Newell said she had been hospitalized for several days. Joanne had been carrying on her late husband’s legacy in Pittsburgh since his passing in 2003. Read the statement from Fred Rogers Productions on Twitter below: Read the statement from Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto below: “Through her grace, humor and down-to-earth demeanor Joanne Rogers personified what we love about the City of Pittsburgh. As the partner of Fred Rogers for a half-century she helped champion his good works to a global audience, and remained committed to his vision and to this city after his passing. “She was always there when we needed her. I and countless others, from every walk of life, were humbled to call her a friend.” Read the statement from Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf on Twitter below:”Heartbroken to learn of the loss of Joanne Rogers, one of our favorite neighbors.”Joanne and Fred were Pennsylvania treasures committed to improving our communities and the lives of our children.”We will never forget their legacy of kindness.”Read the statement from Duquesne University President Ken Gormley on the death of Joanne Rogers, who received an honorary degree from Duquesne in 2019, below:”Joanne Rogers was a sparkling light in Pittsburgh. She was an incurably joyous, optimistic presence in her husband, Fred’s, life and his steady inspiration. Joanne’s spirit touched every part of this city she called home. When we presented her with an honorary degree during Duquesne University’s 2019 commencement, she beamed and told the graduating students, “You are special,” invoking one of Fred’s favorite songs. Joanne Rogers was more than special. She will be a permanent part of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood and, for those of us who knew and loved her, she will always remain in our hearts.”

Joanne Rogers, the widow of Fred Rogers, has died at the age of 92.

David Newell, who played Mr. McFeely on “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” confirmed she died Thursday.

Newell said she had been hospitalized for several days.

Joanne had been carrying on her late husband’s legacy in Pittsburgh since his passing in 2003.

Joanne and Fred Rogers

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Joanne and Fred Rogers

Read the statement from Fred Rogers Productions on Twitter below:

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Read the statement from Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto below:

“Through her grace, humor and down-to-earth demeanor Joanne Rogers personified what we love about the City of Pittsburgh. As the partner of Fred Rogers for a half-century she helped champion his good works to a global audience, and remained committed to his vision and to this city after his passing.

“She was always there when we needed her. I and countless others, from every walk of life, were humbled to call her a friend.”

Read the statement from Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf on Twitter below:

“Heartbroken to learn of the loss of Joanne Rogers, one of our favorite neighbors.

“Joanne and Fred were Pennsylvania treasures committed to improving our communities and the lives of our children.

“We will never forget their legacy of kindness.”

Read the statement from Duquesne University President Ken Gormley on the death of Joanne Rogers, who received an honorary degree from Duquesne in 2019, below:

“Joanne Rogers was a sparkling light in Pittsburgh. She was an incurably joyous, optimistic presence in her husband, Fred’s, life and his steady inspiration. Joanne’s spirit touched every part of this city she called home. When we presented her with an honorary degree during Duquesne University’s 2019 commencement, she beamed and told the graduating students, “You are special,” invoking one of Fred’s favorite songs. Joanne Rogers was more than special. She will be a permanent part of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood and, for those of us who knew and loved her, she will always remain in our hearts.”