Joan Steinbrenner, wife of late legendary Yankees owner George, dies at 83

The New York Yankees announced the death of vice chairperson Joan Steinbrenner at 83 on Friday. She was surrounded by her family at her home in Tampa, Florida.

A graduate of Ohio State with a degree in dental hygiene, Joan and legendary Yankees owner George Steinbrenner married on May 12, 1956. George became the principal owner of the Bronx Bombers in 1973, and since George’s death in 2010, ownership has turned over to their two sons, Hank and Hal.

Joan Steinbrenner was active in her communities, whether in her native Ohio or in Florida. Steinbrenner worked with local children at the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center and was also involved with the Cleveland Orchestra. Later, she became state chairperson for the florida Special Olympics in 1981 and ’82 and was later on the board of directors of the National Society to Prevent Blindness for two years.

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NEW YORK - APRIL 13: Team owner George Steinbrenner and his wife Joan watch the New York Yankees play against of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the Yankees home opener at Yankee Stadium on April 13, 2010 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
FILE - In this March 27, 2008, file photo, Joan Steinbrenner and her husband, New York Yankees principal owner George Steinbrenner, arrive for a pre-game ceremony renaming Legends Field as George M. Steinbrenner Field, in Tampa, Fla. Joan Steinbrenner, the widow of late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, passed away Friday, Dec. 14, 2018 at her home in Tampa, Fla. She was 83. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
FILE - In this March 27, 2008, file photo, Joan Steinbrenner, wife of New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, throws out a ceremonial first pitch following a baseball pregame ceremony renaming Legends Field to George M. Steinbrenner Field, in Tampa, Fla. Joan Steinbrenner, the widow of late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, passed away Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, at her home in Tampa, Fla. She was 83. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
New York Yankees vice chairperson Joan Steinbrenner is shown with her husband, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, during the Yankees' spring training baseball loss to the Atlanta Braves on Saturday, March 7, 2009, at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, left, and his wife, Sue, right, escort Joan Steinbrenner, the widow of the late New York Yankees owner, George Steinbrenner, onto the field Monday, Sept. 20, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, left, and his wife, Sue, right, escort Joan Steinbrenner, the widow of the late New York Yankees owner, George Steinbrenner, onto the field Monday, Sept. 20, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
Members of the Steinbrenner family gather for a ceremony dedicating a monument to the late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner before the Yankees' baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium in New York, Monday, Sept. 20, 2010. From left are son Hank Steinbrenner, daughters Jessica Steinbrenner and Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal, and Steinbrenner's widow, Joan Steinbrenner. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, Pool)
Jessica Steinbrenner, Jennifer Swindal Steinbrenner and Joan Steinbrenner looks on as a plaque in memory of George Steinbrenner is unveiled in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium in New York, September 20 2010. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Icon SMI/Corbis via Getty Images)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi stands with Joan Steinbrenner during a tribute for her husband the late George Steinbrenner before a baseball spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Joan Steinbrenner, widow of George Steinbrenner, center, and her daughters Jessica Steinbrenner, left, and Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal, right, place roses on the field during tribute for their late husband and father before a baseball spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. Looking on at left is Hal Steinbrenner. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 26: Joan Steinbrenner, widow of George Steinbrenner, smiles prior to the start of the Grapefruit League Spring Training Game between the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field on February 26, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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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,” said the Steinbrenner family. “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.”

Steinbrenner is survived by her four children, 14 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. The Yankees announced that a private family service will be held.

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