Joanne Rogers, widow of Fred Rogers, dies at 92


Joanne Rogers, who was the wife of the late Fred Rogers (of Mister Rogers fame), has passed away. She was 92 years old.

The news was confirmed Thursday by Fred Rogers Productions and the McFeely-Rogers Foundation to CBS Pittsburgh.

Joanne and Fred Rogers were married for 50 years before Fred died in 2003 of stomach cancer at the age of 74. Joanne carried on the Mister Rogers legacy or promoting kindness and making the world a better place for children.

"When Fred died, she wasn't going to step in to be Mister Rogers, but she was going to step in," Bill Isler, former president and CEO of Fred's company for almost three decades, told the Los Angeles Times in November of 2019.

In 2019, on the heels of the release of "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" starring Tom Hanks, Joanne said of the film, "I loved it. I think Tom is a genius, almost. I want to give credit - Tom Hanks has gotten lots and lots of good press and he deserves every bit of it."

Joanne was a key figure in the development of the film.

Also in 2019, Joanne was given the George Romero Legacy Award at Steeltown Entertainment's 2019 Elly Awards, CBS Pittsburgh reports.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Fred proposed to Joanne in 1952 after a "long-distance courtship" that began at Rollins College in Florida.

Joanne was the chair emerita of Fred Rogers Productions and the Honorary Chair of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning & Children's Media on the Saint Vincent College campus.

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