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Dina Manfredini
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Birth: Apr. 4, 1897
Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Death: Dec. 17, 2012
Polk County
Iowa, USA

Dina Manfredini, 115, passed away December 17, 2012 at Bishop Drumm Care Center. A Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, at Sacred Heart with burial at Glendale Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at McLaren's Chapel in West Des Moines with a vigil service at 7 p.m.

Dina came to the U.S. in 1920 after marrying Ricardo Manfredini. They settled in Des Moines and together they had four children, Mary, Dante, Rudolph, and Enes.

She is survived by three children, Mary Russo, Dante (Bernice) Manfredini, and Enes (Pete) Logli; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Dina was preceded in death by her son, Rudolph; sisters, Lucia and Esterina; and her brother, Angelo.

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the nurses and staff at Bishop Drumm and Dr. Mangil Seo for the wonderful care Dina received.

Memorials may be directed to the Food Bank of Iowa.

Source: Des Moines Register, Des Moines, Iowa, Tuesday, December 18, 2012


Held the world record for oldest woman (and oldest Italian person to ever live) in the world for 2 weeks before she passed away.

"Having lived during a portion of three centuries, Manfredini has surely seen much in her lifetime. She lived through World War I in Europe, before moving to the United States in 1920. She went to work in the 1940's at a plant in Ankney to support her family throughout World War II and the Great Depression.

She moved to Des Moines in 1920 to be with her husband, Riccardo Manfredini, who died in 1965."

Source: Excerpt from article in the Johnston Patch, by Ashlee Kieler, December 17, 2012


Dina Manfredini is among the oldest in the world at age 114

August 5, 2011
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

We don't want to wait until the next issue of The Catholic Mirror to bring you this story!

By Patti Brown

Her hearing isn't very good anymore, but when you consider that her ears have heard sounds in three different centuries—since April 4, 1897—she's got a good excuse.

Despite a walker that she uses to get to the dining room, Dina Manfredini is healthy and strong and, at 114, the oldest member of not just Sacred Heart Parish, or the Diocese of Des Moines, but the oldest person in Iowa.

In fact, Dina is one of 88 supercentenarians—people who are older than 110 in the world -- and right now she is the world's fourth oldest person and the second oldest person in the United States, according to the Gerontology Research Group's list of verified living supercentenarians.

Dina was born and raised in Sant'Andrea, a small town in northern Italy, the month the after William McKinley became president of the United States and just a few weeks before Guglielmo Marconi sent the first wireless communication over the open sea. It was still the Victorian age, in fact Queen Victoria was celebrating 50 years on the throne in England. That spring, Pope Leo XIII promulgated his encyclical Divinum Illud Munus, and in September, Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini, who became Pope Paul VI, would be born in a nearby village.

She came to America as a bride in 1920 and settled with her husband, Riccardo, in a tiny mining camp on the southwest edge of Des Moines. Riccardo was 15-years older and had come to America first before sending for Dina.

The couple raised four children, Mary, Dante, Rudy and Enes. Today, Enes Logli says she and her siblings walked five miles each way every Saturday to and from the old Sacred Heart Church on 4th Street in Valley Junction for catechism classes. "We lived ‘out in the country' near 42nd and Park. So we couldn't always get to Mass on Sunday mornings, but we always got to catechism classes," said Logli. "My parents lived their faith. They were poor, but we didn't realize it. We didn't have electricity back then."

Dina's husband worked in the city's coal mines until hurting his back. Then she went to work to make ends meet. As the nation prepared for World War II, Dina worked at the Des Moines Ordnance Plant in Ankeny where 2 million rounds of ammunition were produced a day. She also worked at Swift cracking eggs that would be turned into powdered eggs for U.S. soldiers. She also cleaned houses until she was 90, lying about her age so people wouldn't think she was too old to work.

In 1939, Dina and her husband bought a little bungalow on 1st Street in Valley Junction. Riccardo died in 1965 and Dina continued to live there until moving into the Martina Place Assisted Living Residence at the Bishop Drumm Retirement Center in Johnston about four years ago when she was 110. These days, she spends much of her day sleeping.

"She is one of the most amazing people," said Father Tom DeCarlo, chaplain for the residents of Bishop Drumm. "Her hearing is bad but she responds to Italian and I am able to speak some Italian to her."

In addition to her four children, three of whom are still living, Dina has seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

Source: Diocese of Des Moines


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  Riccardo Manfredini (1885 - 1965)
  Dante Manfredini (1922 - 2016)*
  Rudolph Manfredini (1924 - 1997)*
*Calculated relationship
Glendale Cemetery
Des Moines
Polk County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Block: K Section: Lot: 00307
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Record added: Dec 05, 2012
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