Joanne Rogers, the widow of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” host Fred Rogers, died Thursday at age 92.
Her passing was introduced by her late husband’s manufacturing firm on Twitter.
“Fred Rogers Productions is deeply saddened by the passing of Joanne Rogers. The loving associate of Fred Rogers for greater than 50 years, she continued their shared dedication to supporting kids and households after his dying as chair of the board of Fred Rogers Productions,” the company wrote.
“Joanne was a superb and completed musician, an exquisite advocate for the humanities, and an expensive pal to everybody in our group. We lengthen our heartfelt condolences to Joanne’s household and the hundreds of individuals who had the privilege of understanding and loving her.”
Her beloved husband, who hosted the kids’s show from 1968 to 2001, died in 2003 at age 74. The couple married in 1952.
The metropolis of Pittsburgh, the place the show was filmed, also saluted Joanne in a tweet, calling her one of the town’s “favourite neighbors” and acknowledging that the duo “ceaselessly modified our metropolis.”
After his dying, Joanne continued selling the legacy of her late husband, who was depicted in a captivating 2019 biopic, “A Beautiful Day within the Neighborhood,” starring Tom Hanks. She mentioned her entertaining husband would have appreciated the movie, telling Page Six at a screening, “I feel he would have actually liked it, do not you?”
The couple was particularly close-knit, and Joanne as soon as mentioned that Fred’s charms got here by way of in quirky methods at occasions. She mentioned once they would attend less-than-exciting occasions collectively, he would get her to smile by farting in entrance of her. “He would simply increase one cheek and he would look at me and smile,” she mentioned, laughing, during an interview with the Los Angeles Times in 2019.
The couple is survived by two sons, James and John, in addition to two grandchildren, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times.