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A Youngstown mom's long journey comes to an end

By Todd Franko (Contact)

Published October 28, 2009

The long journey for Philomena Liguore has come to a peaceful end at age 88.

Liguore's life was beautifully shared by her daughter, Maryann Liguore, this past Mother's Day in The Vindicator. Click here to read the touching story.

Here's an excerpt from that piece. It defines how Liguore had her biggest impact on the Valley:

My mother was in the business of memories. She was feisty, 5-feet-2-inches tall, and the only female photographer in the city. She elbowed her way into the photography business in Youngstown, a rusty steel town in the 1960s, paving the way for other women with the same dream.

Her forte was peeking into the souls of those she photographed. She developed their lives in her darkroom.

Her “brides” became part of her extended family. They came back with their infants and toddlers for motherly advice, and to be photographed. When she closed her studio after 15 years, some of them wept with sadness. She had given far more than she had taken.

Life changes in an instant, and so it did.

She died on Monday, and services are set for Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home in Poland. A notice is in today's Vindicator.





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