Steinbrenner Family Mourns at Tampa Cemetery

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    The family of George Steinbrenner placed a casket inside a mausoleum at a cemetery near Tampa on Saturday, four days after the death of the New York Yankees owner.

    The two sons and two daughters of the 80-year-old owner were joined by his wife, Joan, at Trinity Memorial Garden Cemetery.

    Neither the Yankees nor cemetery officials would confirm that services were taking place. The cemetery is about a half-hour drive from the home of the late owner.

    Yankees co-chairmen Hal and Hank Steinbrenner and daughters Jessica Steinbrenner and Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal arrived on a steamy, humid day with temperatures in 90s. About 40 people were there, including Yankees employees. Flags within sight were at half staff.

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    A hearse and five SUVs pulled up to a mausoleum, where the two sons were standing in front. A casket was taken from the hearse and brought inside the mausoleum. Hank escorted his mother into the tomb.

    The family spent less than 10 minutes inside. Joan Steinbrenner then shook hands with cemetery officials as mourners began leaving the grounds. The family left in a caravan of cars a little after 4 p.m

    George Steinbrenner died of a heart attack Tuesday in Tampa. He had turned over day-to-day control of the team to sons Hal and Hank in 2007.

    Steinbrenner was honored Friday night at Yankee Stadium, where the team played for the first time since his death. Mariano Rivera laid two long-stemmed red roses across home plate. Tears filled manager Joe Girardi's eyes. Derek Jeter asked for a moment of silence, and fans stood as "Taps" echoed through the palacial ballpark Steinbrenner helped build.