Updated: Feb 1, 2021
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The Steelers announced on Saturday night that Patricia Rooney passed away peacefully at her home on the North Side. She was 88. Mrs. Rooney was the beloved wife of the late Steelers chairman and Ambassador Daniel M. Rooney, who passed away on April 13, 2017. They were married for 65 years up until Mr. Rooney's passing.
"My family and I are mourning the passing of my mother, Patricia," Steelers President Art Rooney II said in a statement released by the team on Saturday night. "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."
Mrs. Rooney is survived by six children, 18 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
"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," Art Rooney II said.
Mrs. Rooney was born on the North Side and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh. Due to COVID precautions, funeral arrangements are private, the Steelers announced. A memorial Mass will be scheduled at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army or the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, or the charity of the donor's choice.
Last night and today, there has been an outpouring of condolences sent to the Rooney family and memories shared of Patricia Rooney by current and former Steelers players, friends in the NFL and Pittsburgh community.