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Maria Giuseppa Robucci
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Maria Giuseppa Robucci at the age of 115
Birth: 20 March 1903
Poggio Imperiale, Apulia, Italy
Death: 18 June 2019
Poggio Imperiale, Apulia, Italy
Age: 116 years, 90 days
Country: ITA Flag ITA
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Maria Giuseppa Robucci-Nargiso (20 March 1903 – 18 June 2019) was an Italian supercentenarian whose age is validated by the Gerontology Research Group. At the age of 116, she was the oldest living person in Italy and Europe, and the second-oldest living person in the world.

Biography

Maria Giuseppa Robucci, affectionately known as 'Nonna Peppa', was born in 1903 in Poggio Imperiale, province of Foggia, Apulia region, Italy. Her parents were Antonio and Maria Michela Robucci. On 3 December 1928, she married Nicola Nargiso. The couple had five children named Angelo, Concetta (who later became a nun named Sister Nicoletta), Antonio, Giuseppe, and Filomena. The Nargiso family reportedly suffered financially in the years after World War II.

Robucci became a widow in 1982, after the death of Nicola. In 2003, her 100th birthday was featured in a television show called La vita in diretta for the channel Rai Uno. At the age of 100, she was still able to chop wood.

In 2014, Robucci broke her hip after a fall and underwent surgery. As of 2015, her son Angelo was still alive at the age of 86. She credits her longevity to good diet, having faith in God, avoiding alcohol, and having a positive mindset.

Robucci resided in Apricena, Apulia region. On 6 July 2018, she became the oldest living person in Italy following the death of 116-year-old Giuseppina Projetto-Frau. She became the second-oldest living person in the world following the death of Chiyo Miyako on 22 July 2018.

On 20 March 2019, Maria Giuseppa Robucci celebrated her 116th birthday, becoming the third Italian person in history to reach this age. On 26 May 2019, she voted in the European Parliamentary Elections.

Maria Giuseppa Robucci-Nargiso passed away in Poggio Imperiale, Apulia, Italy on 18 June 2019 at the age of 116 years, 90 days. She died as the third-oldest person in the history of Europe, having surpassed the ages of both Ana Vela-Rubio and Giuseppina Projetto-Frau.

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Italy's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (V • TE)

Maria Fionda • Maria Luisa Pepe • Carmela Sansone • Paolina Picchi • Marta Cerruti • Eugenia Raco • Francesco Paba • Maria Irrigato • Francesco Soldati Gabbini • Peppa Ferrante • Giuseppina Misasi • Vincenza Pannuti • Maria Imperiali • Ulrico Miani • Assunta Mazzotta • Caterina Cipolla • Lida Bertonati • Nazzarena Di Leo • Santa Caddeo • Carolina Piatti • Annunziata Di Vincenzo • Luigi Saba • Ida Pietrobon • Giuseppe De Bonis • Cesare Di Claudio • Ottavia Trafeli • Rosalinda Del Duca • Paolo Gioletta • Luigina Pepe • Francesca Adelfio • Domenico Minervino • Maddalena Figone • Maria Sirianni • Giuseppa Spolitu • Chelidonia Merosi-Lollobrigida • Valentino Stella • Eleonora Casagrande • Maria Addolorata de Vitis • Antonio Baldo • Giovanna Lizzio • Antonio Todde • Teresa Fumarola • Giovanni Frau • Virginia Dighero-Zolezzi • Giulia Sani-Casagli • Lorenza Dotta • Maria Negri • Lucia Lauria • Ida Frabboni • Venere Pizzinato-Papo • Stella Nardari-Vecchiato • Maria Redaelli • Emma Morano • Marie-Josephine GaudetteGiuseppina Projetto-FrauMaria Giuseppa RobucciAnna Benericetti

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