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Dina Manfredini
Birth: 4 April 1897
Pievepelago, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Death: 17 December 2012
Johnston, Iowa, United States
Age: 115 years, 257 days
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Dina Manfredini (née Guerri) (4 April 1897 — 17 December 2012) was an Italian-American supercentenarian who was the world's oldest person after the death of Besse Cooper. However, her reign as the titleholder only lasted 13 days. She became the oldest verified immigrant ever after surpassing Christian Mortensen on 13 December 2012. She was also the 10th oldest verified person ever at the time of her death. She was the oldest Italian-born person ever until her age was surpassed by Emma Morano on 14 August 2015. 

Early Life

Dina Manfredini was born as Dina Guerri in the small comune of Pievepelago in the Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy on 4 April 1897. Her parents were Carlo & Maria Guerri. In 1920, shortly after marrying Riccardo Manfredini, she emigrated to Iowa, United States. The couple had 4 children in total; Mary Russo (born 1921), Dante (born 1922), Rudy (1924–1997) and Enes (born 1928). Three of them were still alive at the time of her death.

She worked in an ammunition factory during World War II and cleaned houses until she was 90. She used to understate her age so that people wouldn't think that she was too old to work. Her husband died in 1965 at the age of 79.

Later Life

After Riccardo's death, Dina lived alone for about 42 years until moving into a nursing home in 2007 at the age of 110. She survived colon cancer at the age of 101. She 'danced' at the age of 103 and was still able to shovel snow when she was 106. Dina was able to walk with the aid of a walker, until near her 115th birthday when she started requring the aid of wheelchair. 

Apart from three living children (aged 91, 90 and 84), she also had 7 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and 12 great-great-grandchildren. Following the death of Besse Cooper on 4 December 2012, Manfredini, then aged 115 years and 244 days, became the world's oldest verified living person.

Dina Manfredini died on 17 December 2012 at the age of 115 years, 257 days, just 13 days after becoming the world's oldest living person. Jiroemon Kimura became the world's oldest person upon her death.


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