FRAMINGHAM – Gina Ravazzola Galvani, a resident of the Tripoli section of Framingham since 1930, was honored as the oldest City of Framingham resident by the 11-member Framingham City Council tonight, December 4.
She is also the oldest resident in Massachusetts.
Born Gina Ravazzola on December 16, 1907 in Castell Arquarto, Piancenza, Italy, she and her brother Pietro grew up on a farm there.
In 1927, she married her Italian neighbor, John Galvani.
Later this month, Galvani will turn 111 years old. She is oldest living member of the Framingham Heart Study.
Gina and John Galvani immigrated to the United States with their daughter Ave Maria in 1930. Their son Carlo was born in 1931.
Gina became a United States citizen in 1944.
Her life on Benson Street, has been centered on her family of her husband, 2 children, 8 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren, many of whom attended the City Council meeting tonight.
“A member of St. Tarcisius Church, Gina, life has consisted of good family, good food, good friends and her faith, and her life has been centered on her family,” read City Council Chair Dennis Giombetti in reading the proclamation to honor Galvani.
Giombetti grew up in the Tripoli neighborhood .
“Gina enjoyed a Mediterranean diet with lots of fruits and vegetables, garlic, tomato sauce, pasta and lots of whole milk, cheese and eggs, and enjoyed cooking for family. Nothing in her supply was low fat, sugar free or a diet anything, and she avoided foods with preservatives. This served her well as she is not only a breast cancer survivor but also the oldest surviving participant in the Framingham Heart Study,” said Giombetti in reading the proclamation.
“Gina has had a wonderful life, full of amazing experiences, and her family and her faith have been with her all the way,” added Giombetti. “Therefore, we the City Council of the City of Framingham do hereby congratulate andhonor Gina Ravazzola Galvani on the 111th anniversary of her birth and oldest living resident of
Framingham and wish her continued happiness.”