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Lorraine Migliaccio, 84, Lamaze teacher, neighborhood mom


LIVINGSTON—Lorraine Migliaccio died peacefully at home Wednesday, September 1 surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Migliaccio was born March 14, 1926 in Brooklyn.


She moved to Livingston in 1945 and married the love of her life Matthew, in Germantown at the Church of Resurrection. Father Tooker officiated.
She was predeceased by her parents, Charles and Laura Buonora, her loving husband Matthew and her brother Charles.
She was the devoted mother of Matthew Migliaccio of Phillipsport, Tina Guzzi of Livingston, and Laurie Cordato of Taghkanic, the loving grandmother of Kristina Cordato of Day and Angela Guzzi of Livingston and the loving mother-in-law of James Guzzi and Joseph Cordato.
During her mid-teenage years, she played semi-professional softball for the Godfretts. She was the catcher and had a 500 batting average. In her early 20s, she battled and conquered a devastating disease, which just made her stronger and more determined to live life to the fullest.
Mrs. Migliaccio and her husband had three children whom she adored. She spent her years as a mother caring for her own children as well as for the neighborhood children. She fed, supervised, organized, played games and swam with them. She was affectionately known as Dr. Mig, the healer booboos.
For many years, Mrs. Migliaccio and her husband raised thousands and thousands of Red Wiggler worms in their garage. The worms were sold to fishermen and the soil the worms produced was sold to farmers and gardeners. It was known as the richest soil around and at that time she was known as the “Worm Lady”.
After her children were out of college, Mrs. Migliaccio entered college and earned an associate’s degree in science/nursing from Columbia-Greene Community College and Columbia Memorial Hospital. She then became a certified Lamaze childbirth educator. She taught Lamaze classes to hundreds of pregnant women in Columbia and Greene counties. Mrs. Migliaccio was also a certified long-term care ombudsman, a former member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Livingston Pumper Co. #1, a Girl Scout and Boy Scout leader, a charter member of Red Hatters of Hudson, a member of the Taghkanic Seniors and a member of Mary Helpers making rosaries each Tuesday for missions around the world.
Mrs. Migliaccio always had a positive attitude and treated those around her with love and respect.  She once said, “I gave a lot of love, received a lot of love—what more is there to ask for in life?” Mrs. Migliaccio touched many lives, had many nicknames, but always will be remembered as a kind, loving, sweet woman. She will truly be missed by everyone she touched.
In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Migliaccio wanted donations to be made to an organization for children in need.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, September 3 at the Bates & Anderson-Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Livingston Cemetery.


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