The Pittsburgh Steelers announced the death of Patricia Rooney, 88, late Saturday night. She died peacefully at her home, according to the team’s official statement. Rooney was the wife of the late Dan Rooney and mother to current team president Art Rooney II.
We mourn the loss of Patricia Rooney, wife of the late Ambassador Daniel M. Rooney.https://t.co/XAydBiVal7
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) January 31, 2021
“My family and I are mourning the passing of my mother, Patricia,” said Steelers president Art Rooney II in a statement released by the team immediately following the news. “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”
Art Rooney II continued by explaining his mother’s lasting impact on Pittsburgh.
“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.”
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and his wife Jane also released a statement to extended their condolences.
Patricia Rooney was born on the North Side of Pittsburgh and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh. Funeral arrangements will be private due to COVID precautions, but a memorial mass will be scheduled at a later date. The Steelers ask that memorial contributions be made to the Salvation Army, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy or the charity of the donor’s choice.