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Joseph A. Ligotti 1945-2019

YOUNGSTOWN — Joseph A. Ligotti, 73, passed away at home Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, after a 10-year, on-and-off battle with cancer.

He was born Dec. 14, 1945, in Olathe, Kansas, a son of William B. and Amelia Salvatore Ligotti and was a lifelong area resident.

After retiring from WCI Steel in 2002, Joe operated his own lawn care business. Presently, Joe and his wife Carol own and operate C’s Waffles Family Restaurant in Hubbard.

Joe was an avid bocce and pool player, loved to travel and did so any chance he could. He was an artist whose art can be found throughout the valley. Joe was Golden Gloves champion in 1963. He enjoyed riding his Harley and couldn’t get enough of driving his 1960 Chevy Bel Air to car shows.

He leaves his beloved wife, the former H. Carol Buchanan-Womer, whom he married Feb. 12, 2007; a son, Joseph Jr. of Austintown; two daughters, Sherry of New Castle and Elaine of Girard; three brothers, Tommy of Fort Myers, Fla., Bill of Columbiana and Gary of Florida; and five grandchildren, Desiree, Ryan, Milana, Hailee and Samantha.

Also grieving this loss are his stepdaughter, Melanie Womer of Youngstown; a stepson, Kenny Womer and soon to be daughter-in-law, Amber Dean of Edinburg, Pa., whom he loved as if they were his own. He also leaves a stepson and daughter-in-law, Ray and Melika Garcia from his previous marriage to Rose.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, William and Amelia Ligotti Sr.; an infant daughter, Sheila; and former wives, Rose and Cecilia.

Memorial services will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, at the Kelley-Robb-Cummins Funeral Home. Family and friends may call prior to the memorial services from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512.

Please visit www.krcummins.com to view this obituary and to send condolences to the family.

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