Glenview woman’s grandmother is U.S. record holder
Updated: January 14, 2013 6:20AM
GLENVIEW — Lori Logli of Glenview has much to be thankful for.
She’s incredibly grateful her 10-year-old daughter knows her great-grandmother who was recently named the oldest living person in the United States.
The gerontology department of the Guinness World Records has confirmed that Dina Manfredini, of Des Moines, Iowa, is the oldest at 115.
She received the recognition when Besse Cooper, the previous oldest living person, died Tuesday at 116.
“We’re very excited. My daughter is old enough to remember her great-grandmother and will have memories of eating dinner together and sharing cookies,” said Logli, a Glenview resident since 2001.
Her daughter is a student at Glen Grove School.
“We’re fortunate because Grandmother is still cognizant and answers questions. She knows my daughter,” said Logli, adding they last saw one another in October in Des Moines.
“She also danced at my wedding when she was 103. She lived in her own home until 110 years old,” she said, explaining that Manfredini now lives in a nursing home.
“My great-grandmother is a gentle, loving person and a good mother,” Logli said.
“She’s always been active and did things in moderation,” Logli explained. “She could carry around 10-pound bags of flour and kneed and bake bread for everyone on Sundays.”
Manfredini was born on April 4, 1897 in Pievepelago, Northern Italy, and lived on a dairy farm before moving to Des Moines in 1920 with her late husband, Riccardo Manfredini.
Manfredini worked in a munitions factory during World War II, cracked eggs at a food-processing plant and cleaned homes part-time until she was 90 years old.
Manfredini has three living children between the ages of 84 and 91.
One son died at 72.