Joan Steinbrenner, Yankees' vice chairperson and wife of late owner George Steinbrenner, passed away at her home in Tampa, Fla. at the age of 83, the team announced on Friday.
"Joan was a compassionate and caring matriarch whose profound love for her family and those in the community always inspired us," the Steinbrenner family said in a statement. "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."
Joan was born on Aug. 25, 1935 in Mt. Vernon, Ohio and married George Steinbrenner on May 12, 1956.
George, who bought the Yankees in 1973, died on July 10, 2010.
In addition to her role with the Yankees, Joan participated in numerous philanthropic and community projects, serving for two years on the Board of Directors of the National Society to Prevenet Blindness, was State Chairperson for the Florida Special Olympics in 1981 and 1982, and was deeply involved with the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center along with many, many more organizations.
She is survived by her four children -- Hal, Hank, Jessica, Jennifer -- 14 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.