Sep 30, 2021
By Jane Brown
She survived the Spanish flu and World War 2.
But at 105, Primetta Giacopini has died after contracting COVID-19.
The California woman was two years old when she lost her mother to the Spanish flu in Connecticut in 1918.
A foster family took her back to their ancestral home in Italy, where she survived as a seamstress until she was forced to flee in 1941 as Benito Mussolini purged the country of Americans.
She returned to Connecticut, where she worked in a factory grinding steel for the U.S. war effort.
She moved to San Jose in the 1970s, where she lived until she contracted COVID-19 earlier this month.
She struggled with the virus for a week before she died September 16th.