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Virginia Dighero

Italian News - December 30

Europe's oldest woman died on Thursday in Italy.

Virginia Dighero died of a stroke in her Genoa home. She celebrated her 114th birthday on Christmas Eve with her sons Giacomo, 83, and Attilio, 80.

Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi sent his greetings.

Dighero was the 59th-oldest human on record, and Italy's oldest ever.