Dina Manfredini

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Dina Manfredini
Dina Manfredini at 115.jpg
Manfredini on her 115th birthday in April 2012
BornDina Guerri
(1897-04-04)4 April 1897
Pievepelago, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Died(2012-12-17)17 December 2012
(aged 115 years, 257 days)[1]
Johnston, Iowa, U.S.
OccupationMunitions worker, cleaning woman
Known for
  • Oldest living person from 4 to 17 December 2012
  • Oldest immigrant
Spouse(s)Riccardo Manfredini[2] (m. 1920–1965; his death)[2]
Parent(s)Carlo and Maria Guerri

Dina Manfredini (née Guerri; 4 April 1897 – 17 December 2012)[1] was an Italian-American supercentenarian who was the world's oldest living person[3] from the death of American Besse Cooper on 4 December 2012[4] until her own death 13 days later.[5] At the time of her death, Manfredini was the 10th verified oldest person ever[6] and the oldest immigrant ever.[3] She was also the oldest person ever to be born in Italy, until being surpassed by Emma Morano in August 2015.[7]


Dina Guerri was born in the small comune of Pievepelago in the region of Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy.[8] She moved to Des Moines, Iowa, in 1920[2] with her husband Riccardo Manfredini.[8] 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,[8] 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.

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.[9]


She died of an infection on 17 December 2012, aged 115 years, 257 days. After Manfredini's death, Japanese man Jiroemon Kimura became the world's oldest living person and Koto Okubo became the world's oldest living woman.[6]

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  1. ^ a b "Iowan who was world's oldest person dies at 115". Desmoinesregister.com. Archived from the original on 10 January 2013. 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 Declared World's Oldest Living Person at Age 115". Guinness World Records. 5 December 2012. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
  4. ^ "Besse Cooper, World's Oldest Person, Dies at Age 116". Time. 5 December 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2012.
  5. ^ "World's oldest woman dies". Walton Tribune. 4 December 2012. Archived from the original on 8 May 2015. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
  6. ^ a b "115-year-old Iowa Woman Dies, Was World's Oldest Person". KCRG-TV9. December 17, 2012. Archived from the original on 13 November 2014.
  7. ^ "Nonna Emma compie 115 anni". 29 November 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  8. ^ a b c "Dina Manfredini of Iowa named world's oldest person at 115". Daily News. 6 December 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2012.
  9. ^ "Borsellino: She lives life on own terms, at 106". Des Moines Register. Archived from the original on 21 January 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2015.