Patricia Bosley Merbreier, 86, beloved by children for decades as television's "Mrs. Noah," died Thursday night, June 23, after a prolonged illness at Shannondell, a retirement community in Audubon.

She and her husband, W. Carter Merbreier, cohosted the long-running program Captain Noah and His Magical Ark on what is now 6ABC.

Capt. and Mrs. Noah (as they referred to each other even in their personal lives) invited scores of newsmakers and celebrities onto their program, which ran from 1967 until 1994.

But the program's mainstays were vintage cartoons and rough-hewn puppets, including Wally the Walrus and Maurice the Mouse, operated by Mrs. Noah. Before becoming Captain Noah's first mate, she studied voice at Oberlin College and was featured in TV commercials.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Pam Cowie; granddaughters Abigail Birch and Ashley Nuttall; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, July 1, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 415 E. Athens Ave., Ardmore. Burial will follow in the churchyard.

Contributions may be made to the Scholarship Fund-Broadcast Pioneers, Box 2886, Bala Cynwyd, Pa. 19004.