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Beloved Wife of Yankee Great Yogi Berra Dies at 85

Montclair resident succumbed Thursday night at Crane's Mill in West Caldwell to complications from a recent stroke.

Carmen Berra (Photo: Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center)
Carmen Berra (Photo: Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center)
Carmen Berra, the wife of longtime New York Yankee Yogi Berra, died Thursday from complications from a stroke she suffered earlier this year.

Berra, who died at Crane's Mill Assisted Living Facility in West Caldwell, was 85 years old.

The couple, who lived in Montclair, celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Jan. 26, according to the New York Daily News.

Carmen Berra was active at the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center at Montclair State University. A blog on the museum's website pays tribute to the "perfect companion and baseball wife."

Museum director Dave Kaplan told Newsday the staff and others who knew her were deeply saddened by her death.

"She was a remarkable woman and consummate companion of Yogi, and both fervently believed in the core values of the museum and learning center," Kaplan told Newsday. "We will miss her terribly."

Yogi Berra and Carmen Short met in 1947 when she was a waitress in St. Louis, where the two grew up, according to NorthJersey.com. Yogi Berra, 88, was a minor league baseball player at the time and went on to win 10 World Series championships and earned three American League MVP awards. The catcher also twice managed the Yankees.

A moment of silence was held Friday night for Carmen Berra prior to the Yankees spring training game against the Detroit Tigers in Tampa.

“I often talk about Yogi being one of the greatest baseball players ever, but being one of the most humble and approachable guys I’ve ever been around," Yankee Manager Joe Girardi said, according to NorthJersey.com. "And Carmen happened to be the wife of one of the greatest players ever; probably as nice a lady as you could ever be around.

“She was just a sweetheart, and it’s so nice to always be in her presence. She truly cared about so many people.”

The Berras had three sons, Larry, Tim and Dale, and 11 grandchildren.

"She died peacefully—she went the way she would have wanted to," Larry Berra told the Daily News. “We’re grateful that she and Dad were able to spend some good time together (Thursday). I’m not just saying this because she was my mom, but she was one of the great women of all time.”

A funeral will be held Tuesday at Immaculate Conception in Montclair.
JJ March 09, 2014 at 05:52 PM
SUCH A SADDEN DAY HERE FOR THE PASSING OF CARMEN YOGA, . ARE PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE WHOLE BERRA FAMILY, WE SHALL SAY A PRAYER FOR HER, SHE SOUNDED LIKE A TRULY GREAT MOM , Larry said some very nice words about his mom which seems truly genuine. GOD BLESS ALL.
Rhoda Kriesel March 09, 2014 at 08:58 PM
Deepest sympathy to you, Yogi, and to your family. Carmen was a lovely lady - I so enjoyed talking with her at YB Museum as well as MAM. She will be very missed. So glad you had so many years together. Best - Rhoda Kriesel
Bob Lyon March 12, 2014 at 04:47 AM
Hi Larry: Sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. I am certain she will rest in peace. Montclair State University Baseball . Hope all is well with you and your family. bob lyon
polopete March 12, 2014 at 03:05 PM
She was always a class act and they are (not were) a great couple. RIP Carmen. You left this earth a better place because of you and I'm a Met fan. @Sean..The Christies? Be sure to drag politics into everything and continue that divide and conquer attitude.

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