Mr. Rogers' Beloved Widow Reveals the Sweetest Way He Proposed To Her

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June 12, 2018Jun 12, 2018

For decades, Mr. Rogers made a profound impact on television. The beloved host of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" was a fan favorite due to the wholesome content and inspiring nature of the show. 

The world felt a profound loss in 2003 when the well-respected TV host passed away from stomach cancer. However, the stories that he told live on. Now, his wife of 50 years is telling some adorable stories about their relationship. 

Joanne Rogers went on the TODAY show on Tuesday to talk about her relationship with Fred. During the interview, she revealed the sweet way that he asked for her hand in marriage. 

In 1951, Fred was studying at Rollins College in Florida. He was working toward a degree in music composition. It was at that time that he met then- Sara Joanne Byrd. However, he left Florida after school and moved to New York to work as a 30 Rock producer's assistant. According to Joanne, the distance did not separate their love for each other! 

She revealed that he asked her to marry him in the most "Mr. Rogers' way" imaginable- through a letter!

Joanne said, "Fred worked here at 30 Rock at the same time that I was at Florida State doing graduate work and piano playing...He wrote me a letter. My last year at Florida State, he wrote me a letter proposing marriage."

The couple was married on June 9, 1952, and were married for 50 years until Fred passed away in 2003. The couple had two sons- James and John.

Right after Mr. Rogers' death, his widow spoke out. 

She had said, "There was a feeling of real relief when I could say to him, 'You know, we're going to be OK. We're going to be all right. The boys will be fine,  and I'm going to try to be fine.' So when he went, I could feel he went at peace and even with joy. I really feel he went with joy."

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