Joan Steinbrenner in 2011

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Yankees Matriarch Joan Steinbrenner Dies

December 14, 2018 - 1:20 pm
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NEW YORK (WFAN) -- Joan Steinbrenner, the wife of late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, died Friday surrounded by her family at her home in Tampa, Florida, the team announced. She was 83.

A cause of death was not given.

Steinbrenner was a vice chairwoman for the Yankees. She was married to George for 54 years until his death in 2010. She is the mother of Hal Steinbrenner, Hank Steinbrenner, Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal and Jessica Steinbrenner, all of whom are general partners with the Yankees. She is also survived by by 14 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

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"Joan was a compassionate and caring matriarch whose profound love for her family and those in the community always inspired us," the Steinbrenner family said in a news release issued by the Yankees. "Her elegance and grace touched everyone around her, and we know her spirit will live on through her legacy of good works. We are grateful to have had her in our lives, and she will be deeply missed."

A native of Mount Vernon, Ohio, Joan Steinbrenner was known for her work on community projects and her charitable efforts, including her involvement with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, the Florida Special Olympics and Children's Home Inc., among others. 

The team said a private family service will be held.