NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Yogi Berra’s wife, Carmen, died of complications from a stroke Thursday night, Dave Kaplan, the director of the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center, confirmed to 1010 WINS on Friday afternoon.
She was 85.
Carmen Berra suffered a stroke in January and died at Crane’s Mill Assisted Living Facility in West Caldwell, N.J. — near the couple’s home.
“She died peacefully — she went the way she would have wanted to,” son Larry Berra told the Daily News. “We’re grateful that she and dad were able to spend some good time together (Thursday). I’m not just saying this because she was my mom, but she was one of the great women of all time.”
Yogi and Carmen Berra recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.
The Yankees issued the following statement:
“On behalf of the entire New York Yankees organization, we offer our deepest condolences to the Berra family,” said managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said “Having known Yogi and Carmen for so long, it is almost impossible to imagine two people who complemented each other better than they did. We will always remember Carmen’s smile and sense of humor, and her kindness and generosity will be dearly missed.”
Carmen Berra is also survived by sons Tim and Dale, 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A private funeral service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday at Church of the Immaculate Conception in Montclair, N.J.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center at 8 Yogi Berra Drive, Little Falls, N.J., 07424. Donations also may be made at yogiberramuseum.org.
One of the greatest catchers to ever play the game, Yogi Berra, 88, spent 18 years with the Yankees, won a record 10 World Series rings and is a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
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