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Italian-American becomes world's oldest woman

Dina Manfredini, 115, born in Pievepelago

Italian-American becomes world's oldest woman

New York, December 5 - An Italian-American from Iowa is the oldest woman in the world. Dina Manfredini, 115 years and 245 days old, moved from second to first place after the death of 116-year-old Besse Cooper in Georgia on Tuesday. Manfredini was born in the northern Italian town of Pievepelago in 1897. She moved to Des Moines in 1920 with her husband Riccardo. She had four children, three of whom are still alive. During World War II she worked in a munitions factory. Later she worked as a cleaning lady until retiring in her 90s. She was widowed at 67, but the supercentenarian remarried in 2007 at 110. She is the oldest recorded female immigrant ever.

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