Carmen Berra, Yogi’s wife, passes away at 85

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Yogi Berra’s wife Carmen has passed away due to complications from a stroke suffered earlier this year, reports the Daily News. She was 85. The two celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on January 26th. “She died peacefully — she went the way she would have wanted to. We’re grateful that she and dad were able to spend some good time together (Thursday),” said Larry Berra, their son.

Carmen and Yogi met in St. Louis in the 1940s, at a restaurant where she worked as a waitress. Yogi was a minor leaguer and had just returned from serving in World War II at the time. Carmen played a big role in the operation of the Yogi Berra Museum in New Jersey, primarily working with donors and fund-raising events. Our condolences go out to Yogi, his family, and friends.

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  • RetroRob

    Sorry to hear. 65 years together. Can’t ask for more.

    • TWTR

      Well said. It’s sad, but they were incredibly lucky.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    A friend of mine who lives in Montclair told me a story once about a friend of her son’s who is a huge Yankee fan and loved to collect autographs. For his birthday, he really wanted Yogi’s, and what was his mom to do? Where Yogi and Carmen lived was not a secret in Montclair, and they took a chance and knocked on the door. Carmen politely answered and then yelled to Yogi that someone was there to see him. Yogi was all, “well let him in!” and spent time showing the kid old pictures and such.

    I’ll be married nine years this year. Already can’t imagine life without her. Can’t imagine what it feels like at this point, but I’ve seen so many family members go through it. Rest in peace, Carmen, and may their family find some peace tonight.

    • Denver – Ralph

      That’s an awesome story. 65 years is incredible. Yogi and the rest of the Berra family is certainly in my thoughts.

    • kenthadley

      We don’t always agree, Jorge, but we are in lockstep on this one.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        I’m glad we agree on actual important things.

  • The Straw that Stirs

    So sad. Berra is by far my favorite Yankee of all-time. My prayers go out to him and his family.

  • CashmanNinja

    Yogi is an icon. He’s a terrific human being and it seems like he was one of those lucky people who found his better half early in life and was lucky enough to be able to spend so many years with her. It’s definitely bittersweet. He lost someone he’s been with for 65 years, but on the other hand that is a really long time and not everyone is blessed enough for something like that. My condolences to the Berra family as well as congratulations for those 2 being able to stay together for so long — it’s becoming more of a rarity these days it seems.

  • Bob Michaels

    R.I.P Carmen.

  • Tanakapalooza Floozy

    RIP Carm. And peace and blessings be with you Yogi.

  • LarryM Fl

    When I saw them together on TV. It just look as if they were meant to be together. The number of years married just confirms my thoughts. I hope Yogi can hang in there without his partner.

  • Ed

    Sad day for Berra family. Prayers for Yogi and entire family.

  • kenthadley

    Back in June of 1944 when Larry Berra was floating off-shore of Normandy on D-Day, if you asked him if he would have accepted this 70 years later, I think he would have signed up for it. It’s been a Wonderful Life.

  • Pat Hinton

    So sorry to hear the news. I have lost enough people in my life so I know how it feels.

  • EndlessJose

    What a great lady and a story of two soul mates perfect for each other.


    Carmen Berrea

  • pat

    I hate to say this, but I bet he’s not too far behind now. When they last that long together the second one usually goes quickly afterwards.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      There’s some truth to that for sure, but I root for a healthy and fulfilling final act from Yogi.

  • Gamma500

    Our condolences…54 years ago Mrs. Berra bought my brother and I 2 hotdogs each when we sat next to her in the reserved seats. Knew it was her ’cause Yogi came by the area to chat during pregame batting practice. Made a 10 year olds day !!