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


Joanne Rogers, the widow of Fred Rogers, dies at 92

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



HER BELOVED HUSBAND, FRED, WAS PITTSBURGH’S FAVORITE NEIGHBOR. BUT JOANNE ROGERS WAS A PITTSBURGH FIXTURE HERSELF >> ANYBODY WHO MET HER NEW THAT SHE WAS FOR REAL, AND SHE LIT UP A ROOM WHEREVER SHE WAS. MIKE C.: MRS. ROGERS CARRIED ON THE LEGACY OF MISTER ROGERS AFTER HE PASSED AWAY, SHARING HIS MESSAGE OF KINDNESS THROUGH THE CITY AND THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, SPEAKING TO PITTSUBRGH’S ACTION NEWS 4 ON WORLD KINDNESS DAY IN 2019. >> IT’S AN EXTRAORDINARY DAY. IT FEELS LIKE A DREAM TO ME. MIKE C.: DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY CELEBRATING HER LIFE A FEW YEARS AGO WITH AN HONORARY DEGREE. BUT MRS. ROGERS, SPREADING A MESSAGE TO THE STUDENTS GRADUATING THAT DAY. >> HOPES FOR THEM THAT LIFE WILL BRING MAXIMUM GOOD THINGS, AND MINIMUM NOT SO GOOD. WE ALL HAVE TO GO THROUGH A LITTLE NOT SO GOOD, BUT HOPEFULLY IT WILL REMIND THEM. MIKE C.: SHE WAS THERE PRETTY MUCH EVERY TIME HER HUSBAND’S LEGACY WAS HONORED. >> LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT. [LAUGHTER] I THOUGHT IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL. I THINK IT IS SO FESTIVE. MIKE C.: IN 2018, WHEN TOM HANKS FILMED “A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD” IN PITTSBURGH, IN WHICH HE STARRED AS FRED ROGERS, HE DEVELOPED A CLOSE BOND WITH JOANNE. >> I DID HAVE A CHANCE TO TELL HIM THAT FRED LOVED HIS WORK. IT’S ALMOST PROVIDENTIAL THAT HE’S DOING THIS. FRED LOVED “FORREST GUMP.” MIKE C.: THE TWO, EVEN DOING PRESS APPEARANCES FOR THE MOVIE TOGETHER. >> IF PEOPLE SAID OF ME WHAT THEY HAVE SAID ABOUT FRED, I WOULD BE THE LUCKIEST MAN IN THE WORLD. EVERYBODY SAYS WHEN YOU TALK TO FRED — >> THEY HAVE. >> I WILL TAKE THAT. WHEN YOU TALK TO FRED YOU FELT LIKE YOU WERE THE ONLY PERSON THAT MATTERED IN THE WORLD. MIKE C.: JOANNE’S OWN LEGACY INCLUDED SEVERAL HONORS, INCLUDING AN AWARD IN 2019 THAT CREDITED HER WITH PRESERVING MISTER ROGERS’ LEGACY IN PITTSBURGH, AND HELPING YOUNG PEOPLE LEARN ABOUT FILM AND MEDIA, AND THE LOVING KINDNESS AWARD FROM THE JCC. JOANNE ROGERS WAS 92 YEARS OLD. MIKE C.: SHE WILL ALWAYS BE A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS. CERTAINLY, A SAD NIGHT ACROSS OUR AREA TONIGHT. SHANNON: NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT. PENNSYLVANIA GOVERNOR TOM WOLF RELEASED A STATEMENT ON SOCIAL MEDIA ABOUT HER PASSING, WRITING TONIGHT, “HEARKENED — HEARTBROKEN TO LEARN OF THE LOSS OF JOANNE ROGERS, ONE OF OUR FAVORITE NEIGHBORS. SHE AND FRED WERE PENNSYLVANIA TREASURES COMMITTED TO IMPROVING HE COMMUNITIES AND THE LIVES OF OUR CHILDREN.” MAYOR BILL PEDUTO IS WRITING ABOUT THIS TONIGHT, SAYING “THROUGH HER GRACE, HUMOR AND DOWN-TO-EARTH DEMEANOR, JOANNE ROGERS PERSONIFIED WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT THE CITY OF PITTSBURGH.” THAT IS WELL SET ABOUT JOANNE ROGERS. HE ADDED, “SHE WAS ALWAYS THERE WHEN WE NEEDED HER. I AND COUNTLESS OTHERS FROM EVERY WALK OF LIFE OR HUMBLED TO CALL HER A FRIEND OR COW WE ALSO RECEIVED A STATEMENT FROM SAINT VINCENT COLLEGE, HOME OF THE FRED ROGERS CENTER, ABOUT THE PASSING OF JOANNE ROGERS. THEY WRITE IN PART, QUOTE, “HER LOVE AND UNWAVERING SUPPORT FOR HER HUSBAND, FRED, AND HIS LEGACY, HER ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS A CLASSICALLY TRAINED CONCERT PIANIST, AND HER COMMITMENT TO SPREADING KINDNESS AND JOY HAS LEFT A REMARKABLE IMPACT IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD AND OUR WORLD.” MIKE C.: WE HAVE MUCH MORE ON THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF JOANNE ROGERS ONLINE RIGHT NOW AT WTAE

Joanne Rogers, the widow of Fred Rogers, dies at 92

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

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.”

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.

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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.”


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