Montclair State University Mourns the Passing of Carmen Berra

Carmen and Yogi Berra at the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center on the campus of Montclair State University.

The Montclair State University community is saddened by the death of Carmen Berra, the wife of baseball great Yogi Berra and longtime friend to the University, who passed away on Thursday, March 6, at the age of 85.

 “On behalf of the entire University community, I extend our condolences to the Berra family,” said Montclair State President Susan A. Cole. “Montclair State has lost a good neighbor and a loyal friend.”

Residents of Montclair for more than the last 50 years, the Berras maintained close ties with the University.  Mrs. Berra was a regular visitor to and supporter of the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center, which is located on the Montclair State campus. The museum, which displays artifacts from her husband’s world-famous baseball career, including all ten of his World Series championship rings, provides educational programs for children that focus on sportsmanship and social justice.   Museum staff, volunteers and board members are mourning her death, according to David Kaplan, director of the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center

Carmen and Yogi Berra, who married in January 1949, recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Berra is survived by three sons, 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral services will be private.

Donations to the memory of Carmen Berra may be made to the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center at 8 Yogi Berra Drive, Little Falls, New Jersey 07424. Donations can also be made at