115-year-old Iowa Woman Dies, Was World's Oldest Person

An April 2010 photo shows Dina Manfredini, front, with her family, from left, Mary Russo, daughter, Bernice Manfredini, daughter-in-law, Dante Manfredini, son, and Enes Logli, daughter, at Bishop Drumm Retirement Center in Johnston, Iowa. Guinness World Records posted on its website Wednesday Dec. 5, 2010, that Manfredini, 115, is now the oldest person in the world. (AP Photo/The Des Moines Register) NO SALES

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By Aaron Hepker

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A 115-year-old Iowa woman has died less than two weeks after inheriting the title of world's oldest person, her family said Monday.

Dina Manfredini, who lived at the Bishop Drumm Retirement Center in Johnston, died Monday morning, according to her granddaughter Lori Logli. Logli would not elaborate on her grandmother's cause of death.

Guinness World Records confirmed Manfredini inherited the title of world's oldest living person less than two weeks ago. Bessie Cooper of Georgia previously held the title at age 116.

Guinness spokesman Robert Young, a senior consultant of gerontology, said a Japanese man, Jiroemon Kimura, is believed to now hold the title. He was born on April 19, 1897, which makes him just 15 days younger than Manfredini. Young said Kimura, of Kyotango in Kyoto, also is believed to be the second-oldest man in documented history.

Officials have confirmed Kimura's age, and now are checking in with the retirement home where he lives. They expect to announce his title shortly.

Manfredini was born on April 4, 1897, in Italy, according to Guinness officials. She moved to the United States in 1920 and settled in Des Moines with her husband.

Young said that on Dec. 13, Manfredini became No. 10 on the list of world's longest-living people. She also has the designation of the world's longest-living immigrant because of her move to the U.S.

Guinness' biography on Manfredini said she was primarily a homemaker and mother. She later cleaned houses until she was 90 and lived independently until she was 110 years old.

Young said Manfredini is the only verified Italian person to reach age 115 in documented history.

Manfredini's brief reign is not the shortest. Emma Tillman of East Hartford, Conn., held the title of world's oldest living person for just four days in 2007. She was 114.

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