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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, 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[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)
Parent(s) Carlo and Maria Guerri[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 was 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

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: 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, who had worked as a coal miner,[3] died in 1965 at the age of 79.[4]

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] continued to dance at the age of 103, and was still shoveling snow at 106.[10]

Manfredini was able to walk with the aid of a walker until shortly before her 115th birthday, when she became confined to a wheelchair.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

See also

References

  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 "Oldest Iowan turns 115". 4 April 2012. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Dina Manfredini findagrave profile". Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "Dina Manfredini birth certificate". 4 April 2012. 
  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 "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. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
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 – 14 August 2015
Succeeded by
Emma Morano