PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – One half of a couple that hosted a Philadelphia children’s television show for decades has died.

The Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia organization says that Patricia Merbreier, best known to viewers as “Mrs. Noah,” who with her husband Carter teamed up on “Captain Noah and his Magical Ark,” has died at age 86.

A family member told the organization that she had been ill for some time and passed away late Thursday evening.

mrsnoah Patricia Merbreier, Philadelphia TVs Mrs. Noah, Dead At 86The program, which aired on Channel 6 in Philadelphia starting in 1967, featured a number of puppet characters, and each show ended with the couple singing “I Can See A Rainbow.”

Luminaries from fields as varied as politics and entertainment to sports often appeared on the show.  At its height, the daily program was syndicated in 22 cities, but by the end of its Philadelphia run in 1994 it aired only on Saturday mornings.

Carter Merbreier still lives in Montgomery County, Pa.  Funeral arrangements for Patricia Merbreier were incomplete.

Reported by David Madden, KYW Newsradio 1060

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