Dina Manfredini

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Dina Manfredini
Dina Manfredini at 115.jpg
Dina Manfredini at her 115th birthday in April 2012
Born Dina Guerri
(1897-04-04)4 April 1897[1]
Pievepelago, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Died 17 December 2012(2012-12-17)
(aged 115 years, 257 days)[2]
Johnston, Iowa, United States
Cause of death
Infection
Occupation Munitions worker, cleaning woman
Known for
  • oldest living person from 4 to 17 December 2012
  • oldest Italian person
  • oldest immigrant.
Spouse(s) Riccardo Manfredini[3]
(1886–1965)[4]
(m. 1920–1965; his death)[3]
Children
  • Mary Russo (b. 1921)
  • Dante (b. 1922)
  • Rudy (1924–1997)
  • Enes Logli (b. 1928)
Parents Carlo Guerri and Maria Manfredini[5]
Relatives
  • 7 grandchildren
  • 7 great-grandchildren
  • 12 great-great-grandchildren

Dina Manfredini (née Guerri; 4 April 1897[1] – 17 December 2012)[2] was an Italian-American supercentenarian who was the world's oldest living person[6] from the death of American Besse Cooper on 4 December 2012[7] until her own death 13 days later.[8] She is also the oldest person ever to be born in Italy and at the time of her death she was one of the 10 verified oldest people.

Biography[edit]

Manfredini was born in the small comune of Pievepelago in the region of Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy.[9] She moved to Des Moines, Iowa, in 1920[3] with her husband Riccardo Manfredini.[9] The couple raised four children[9] – Mary Russo (b. 1921), Dante (b. 1922), Rudy (1924–1997) and Enes (b. 1928). She worked in an ammunition factory during World War II and cleaned houses until she was 90,[9] although she lied about her age so that people would not think she was too old to work. Her husband worked in a coal mine,[3] but died in 1965 at the age of 79. After his death Dina lived alone for 42 years until moving into a nursing home in 2007 at age 110.[3] She survived colon cancer at age 101,[citation needed] still danced at 103, and still shoveled snow at 106.[10] Manfredini was able to walk with the aid of a walker until shortly before turning 115 when she became confined to a wheelchair.

She died of an unknown infection on December 17, 2012 and was survived by three of her four children (aged 91, 90 and 84), 7 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Validated Living Supercentenarians". Gerontology Research Group. 
  2. ^ a b "Iowan who was world's oldest person dies at 115". Desmoinesregister.com. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Iowan Turns 115". 13 News. 4 April 2012. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  4. ^ http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSob=c&GSlh=1&GRid=102289370&.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ http://multimedia.ilgiorno.it/?media=49004&tipo=photo&id=1947517&cat_principale_page=1&canale=0&canale_page=1.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "Dina Manfredini Declared World's Oldest Living Person at Age 115". Guinness World Records. 5 December 2012. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Besse Cooper, World’s Oldest Person, Dies at Age 116". Time. 5 December 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "World's oldest woman dies". Walton Tribune. 4 December 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Dina Manfredini of Iowa named world’s oldest person at 115". Daily News. 6 December 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  10. ^ "Borsellino: She lives life on own terms, at 106". Des Moines Register. 
Achievements
Preceded by
Besse Cooper
Oldest recognized living person
4 December 2012 – 17 December 2012
Succeeded by
Jiroemon Kimura
Oldest recognized living woman
4 December 2012 – 17 December 2012
Succeeded by
Koto Okubo
Oldest recognized living person in the United States
4 December 2012 – 17 December 2012
Succeeded by
Gertrude Weaver
Preceded by
Venere Pizzinato-Papo
Oldest verified living Italian person
2 August 2011 – 17 December 2012
Succeeded by
Maria Redaelli Granoli
Preceded by
Venere Pizzinato-Papo
Oldest verified Italian person ever
13 December 2011 – present
Succeeded by
Current