It has just been confirmed that the widow of Fred Rogers, the beloved host of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, has sadly passed away.
The devastating news of Joanne Rogers' death has been felt all across the country...
Sad to hear that Joanne Rogers has passed. She was an invaluable friend, partner, wife, and inspiration to Fred Rogers. Her contribution to Mister Rogers' Neighborhood is immeasurable. What a wonderful, loving, giving life she lived--one we should all strive to live up to. ❤ pic.twitter.com/2JqgA05Z1L— Matthew Cordell (@cordellmatthew) January 14, 2021
And Tributes from those who remember the loving couple have come pouring in for her.
Rip now you can join Fred in heaven two. Heavenly souls gone bu,not forgotten— christine1965 (@christine19652) January 15, 2021
Rest in peace Joanne. Tell Fred we said 'hello'— Anthony Ⓥ🌹 (@sauteslut) January 15, 2021
We used to watch Mr. Rodger’s Neighborhood with our children, when they were growing up. 👨👩👦👦— Manuel J Hidalgo (@lolowestchester) January 15, 2021
2 of the greatest people to ever walk the earth.— Adam Porpora (@porp96) January 14, 2021
May her memory be a blessing. What a kind person. ❤️❤️❤️— LeslieLoveConquersAll (@leslie_conquers) January 14, 2021
She carried on his legacy, being strong in her opinions about our current climate of hate. God bless her life, and may they enjoy playing piano together again. ❤️— lugene calderone (@bellina143) January 14, 2021
The loss of her contagious smile, incredible musical talents and the authentic way she shared her wisdom, stories and joy will be deeply missed in our world. 143, Joanne.— Luke Flowers (@lafcreative) January 14, 2021
She was so nice when I had a chance to meet her. 😢— Ray Ray (@2shaides) January 14, 2021
Our hearts are shattered. We ❤️ you Joanne. pic.twitter.com/KABD7URetH— WQED Pittsburgh (@wqed) January 14, 2021
Together again 💛 RIP Mrs. Rogers pic.twitter.com/OeVyueXaiF— Steel City (@SteelCityBrand) January 14, 2021
Now, we all remember Mister Rogers, who was adored by millions of children all across America...
But not as many know about his wife, Joanne, who took on his legacy after he died.
In the early 60s, Rogers made his first appearance as "Mister Rogers" on a show called Misterogers...
And Joanne was there by his side the entire time, even voicing one of the puppets on the show.
Joanne and Fred met at Rollins College in Winter Park...
Where she received a music scholarship, and he transferred to from Dartmouth College. The rest is history.
Fred Rogers Productions says it's "deeply saddened" by Joanne's passing...
(1/2) Fred Rogers Productions is deeply saddened by the passing of Joanne Rogers. The loving partner of Fred Rogers for more than 50 years, she continued their shared commitment to supporting children and families after his death as chair of the board of Fred Rogers Productions. pic.twitter.com/ZgrxtAHHW8— Fred Rogers Productions (@FredRogersPro) January 14, 2021
"The loving partner of Fred Rogers for more than 50 years, she continued their shared commitment to supporting children and families after his death as chair of the board of Fred Rogers Productions."
The company says...
(2/2) Joanne was a brilliant and accomplished musician, a wonderful advocate for the arts, and a dear friend to everyone in our organization. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Joanne’s family and the thousands of people who had the privilege of knowing and loving her. pic.twitter.com/aPx9mGwhzc— Fred Rogers Productions (@FredRogersPro) January 14, 2021
"Joanne was a brilliant and accomplished musician, a wonderful advocate for the arts, and a dear friend to everyone in our organization."
Joanne was married to Fred for fifty years...
Continuing his legacy of kindness and caring after he died of stomach cancer in 2003.
During election season, Joanne made headlines after describing herself as a "very big Biden fan."
Saying: "I think we all need somebody like Biden who can give us little pats on the back."
In their hometown of Pittsburgh, both Joanne and Fred are hailed as heroes...
It's so heartbreaking to hear about the passing of Mr. Rogers widow, Joanne, today. She shared his compassion, kindness and love for this city. Now she and Fred can watch over our neighborhood together. pic.twitter.com/unSYVKorBs— Dave DiCello (@DaveDiCello) January 14, 2021
On Thursday, the city called her one of its "favorite neighbors" and thanked her for her work within the community.
Joanne was ninety-two at the time of passing and is survived by 2 sons, James and John, who will continue on their legacy.
There's no Mr. Rogers without Joanne Rogers. ❤️— Austin Kellerman (@AustinKellerman) January 14, 2021
The widow of the television icon died today at 92, according to @KDKA. 🙏
Last year, the staff at Pittsburgh's Magee Women’s Hospital serenaded her during a visit. pic.twitter.com/xClzrjPuzA
Rest in peace.