The Steelers announced the passing of Patricia Rooney on Saturday night. She was 88.
Rooney, who passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, was the daughter of the late Mary Duffy Regan and Martin Regan originally of Co. Mayo, Ireland, beloved wife of the late Ambassador Daniel M. Rooney, and devoted mother of Arthur J. Rooney ll (Greta), Patricia R. Gerrero (Bob), Kathleen R. Miller deceased (Thomas), Rita Rooney Conway deceased, Daniel M. Rooney (Allison), Mary Duffy Rooney, John T. Rooney (Emma), James E. Rooney (Stephanie), and Joan M. Clancy deceased (Chris), 18 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren, along with numerous extended family. She is survived by her brother Martin Francis Regan, Evelyn R. O'Brien, Rita R. Heberle, and Irene R. Hill. Her sisters Mary Regan, Joan Regan, Geraldine R. Glenn, and brothers John Regan and Thomas Regan predeceased her.
"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 on Saturday night. "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.
"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."
Rooney was born on the North Side of Pittsburgh and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh. Due to COVID precautions, funeral arrangements are private. A memorial Mass will be scheduled at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army or the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, or the charity of the donor's choice. The family would also like to thank the many caregivers who provided wonderful care to her.