Steelers mourn loss Rooney family matriarch, Patricia Rooney

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Allison Koehler
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Patricia Rooney, the wife of the late Steelers owner Dan Rooney, died peacefully at her home on Saturday at 88.

Born on Pittsburgh’s North Side, Patricia graduated from the University of Pittsburgh. She and Dan were married for 67 years until his death in April 2017. Together, they raised a family of nine children.

The two were well-known for their charitable efforts within their community, including a project to restore the fountain at Allegheny Commons, according to KDKA.

The Pittsburgh Steelers released a statement on behalf of president Art Rooney II on Saturday, saying, “My family and I are mourning the passing of my mother, Patricia. She helped raise nine children while supporting my father’s career with the Steelers and his time as Ambassador to Ireland. It is a sad day for our family.

“My mother meant so much to not only all of us in the family, but she gave so much of her time and energy helping those in need in the Pittsburgh community. She will leave a lasting impression on so many people and organizations in our area, especially the Salvation Army and many organizations in the North Side of Pittsburgh, where my parents called home.

“We will celebrate her life and the memories we have of her during this challenging time for our family. We appreciate everyone with your thoughts and prayers.”

The following was posted on Steelers.com:

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army or the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, or the charity of the donor’s choice. The family would also like to thank the many caregivers who provided wonderful care to her.