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BIOGRAPHY

Amedei was born in Meldola, Emilia-Romagna on 31 January 1906. She never married, but was engaged to a man named Edoardo. Her family opposed the relationship, and Edoardo later left to fight in World War II. The two never saw each other again.

Amedei was employed by a private firm in Meldola, and later worked as a typist in Milan, to where she relocated. She retired aged 60, returning to Meldola to look after her mother with her two sisters. In her later years, she was a fan of football club A. C. Milan, and her favourite player was Gianni Rivera.

In September 2010, Amedei moved into a Meldola nursing home. Following the death of Margherita Orioli on 3 July 2015, she became Emilia-Romagna’s oldest resident. On 31 January 2019, she became the 15th person in Italy to reach the age of 113.

Amedei died in her sleep on 1 March 2019 at the age of 113 years, 29 days. At 41,302 days, she lived one day longer than Ida Frabboni, the previous longevity recordholder of Emilia-Romagna. Frabboni was also 113 years, 29 days old, but lived for 41,301 days. Amedei’s record was broken by Anna Benericetti less than two months later.

RECOGNITION

Amedei’s 113th birthday was attended by Livio Corazza and Gianluca Zattini, the bishop and mayor of Meldola.

Amedei’s age was verified by Paolo Scarabaggio and validated by the GRG on 9 February 2018, and later by the ESO on 16 January 2020.

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