Marotta as a supercentenarian
|Birth:||27 June 1890|
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
|Death:||4 October 2003|
Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA
|Age:||113 years, 99 days|
Aurelia Emma Marotta (née Ratto; 27 June 1890 – 4 October 2003) was an American supercentenarian whose age has been validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). She was the seventh-oldest person in the world, the third-oldest person in the United States, and the oldest person in the US state of Massachusetts at the time of her death.
Aurelia Marotta was born Aurelia Emma Ratto in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, on 27 June 1890. Her father was a fruit and vegetable dealer, and often took the ferry to sell his produce at the South End of the city. She remembered the Great Molasses Flood of 1919.
In 1922, she married Michael Marotta and had a son, George, with him. Michael had owned and operated a tavern since his return from World War I. Aurelia took care of the bookkeeping while also working for a shoe company in East Boston. Michael passed away in 1967 after 45 years of marriage. George married a woman named Norma and the couple bore Marotta two grandchildren.
As a centenarian, Marotta was reported to have been "only 5 foot 2 and never weighed more than 125 pounds." She enjoyed recounting her youth to her grandchildren, as well as knitting and crocheting large blankets. Throughout her life, she also loved to cook a variety of dishes from several cookbooks. Marotta did her own shopping until she was well over 100 years old. She lived in her own home until she was 108, when she moved into a nursing home. She never drove a car. She was validated by the GRG on 14 October 2002.
Aurelia Marotta died in Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA, on 4 October 2003 at the age of 113 years, 99 days. She was survived by her son, her daughter-in-law, and her two grandchildren.
- Gerontology Research Group
- Aurelia (Ratto) Marotta; at 113, state's oldest person Boston Globe (Archive), 7 October 2003