Yogi Berra's wife, Carmen Berra, died Thursday night at Crane’s Mill Assisted Living Facility in West Caldwell, New Jersey from complications she experienced following a stroke, according to the New York Post on Saturday. Carmen Berra was 85 years old.
Carmen Berra and Yogi Berra, the Yankees legendary baseball player, married on Jan. 26, 1949. Mrs. Berra became the “de facto First Lady of Yankees Universe.”
Hal Steinbrenner, the Yankees managing general partner stated that on behalf of the entire New York Yankees organization, deepest condolences are offered to the Berra family. He went on to assert that having known Yogi and Carmen for so long, it is almost impossible to imagine two people who complemented each other better than they did. He says that the Yankees will always remember Carmen’s smile and sense of humor, and that her kindness and generosity will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her husband and three children as well as 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A private funeral is scheduled for Tuesday in Montclair, New Jersey. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the Yogi Berra Museum at 8 Yogi Berra Drive, Little Falls, NJ 07424 or at yogiberramuseum.org.