Dina Manfredini

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

Dina Manfredini (née Guerri; 4 April 1897 – 17 December 2012)[1] was an Italian-American supercentenarian who was the world's oldest living person[5] from the death of American Besse Cooper on 4 December 2012[6] until her own death 13 days later.[7] At the time of her death, Manfredini was one of the 10 verified oldest people[8] and the oldest immigrant ever.[5] She was also the oldest person ever to be born in Italy, until being surpassed by Emma Morano in August 2015.[9]

Biography

Manfredini was born in the small comune of Pievepelago in the region of Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy.[10] She moved to Des Moines, Iowa, in 1920[2] with her husband Riccardo Manfredini.[10] The couple raised four children: 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,[10] although she lied about her age so that people would not think she was too old to work. Her husband, who had worked as a coal miner,[2] died in 1965 at the age of 79.[3]

After his death, Dina lived alone for 42 years until moving into a nursing home in 2007 at age 110.[2] She survived colon cancer at age 101, continued to dance at the age of 103, and was still shoveling snow at 106.[11]

Death

She died of an infection on 17 December 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. After Manfredini's death, Japanese Jiroemon Kimura became the world's oldest living person.[8]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Iowan who was world's oldest person dies at 115". Desmoinesregister.com. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Oldest Iowan turns 115". 4 April 2012. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Dina Manfredini findagrave profile". Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "Dina Manfredini birth certificate". 4 April 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Dina Manfredini Declared World's Oldest Living Person at Age 115". Guinness World Records. 5 December 2012. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Besse Cooper, World's Oldest Person, Dies at Age 116". Time. 5 December 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "World's oldest woman dies". Walton Tribune. 4 December 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "115-year-old Iowa Woman Dies, Was World's Oldest Person". KCRG-TV9. December 17, 2012. Archived from the original on November 13, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Nonna Emma compie 115 anni". 29 November 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  10. ^ a b c "Dina Manfredini of Iowa named world's oldest person at 115". Daily News. 6 December 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  11. ^ "Borsellino: She lives life on own terms, at 106". Des Moines Register. Retrieved 1 April 2015.