Mister Rogers' wife Joanne dead at 92 nearly twenty years after TV host husband passed away from cancer

JOANNE Rogers, the wife of the late Fred “Mister” Rogers, has died at the age of 92.

Her husband, the host of the popular TV show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, died of stomach cancer in 2003 at the age of 74.

Joanne, whose maiden name was Byrd, married Fred in 1952 after they met while attending Rollins College in Florida.

The Jacksonville, Florida native earned a Bachelor of Music from the school before later going on to earn a Master of Music from Florida State University.


The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh honored Joanne with its Great Friend of Children Award in 2016.

According to the organization, they give out the award to “leaders in the community who work to improve the lives of children and families.”

The accomplished pianist took a break from music when she and her husband started having children.

The couple shared two children – sons James and John.


“We had two boys, and I really didn't do any piano playing when they were little… I needed to be a mother to my young children,” she said, according to the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

“I didn’t do any teaching or playing at that time, but as soon as they got a little older I took it up again. 

“I think it's important that children growing up should see that their parents have other interests.”

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