Edith “Edie” Ceccarelli, celebrates her 115th birthday
The Gerontology Research Group is honored to report the 115th birthday of Mrs. Edith “Edie” Ceccarelli, a resident of Willits, Mendocino County, in the state of California, USA.
Mrs. Ceccarelli was born in Willits, California, USA, on February 5, 1908. She was the first of seven children born to Italian immigrants Agostino and Maria Recagno. She married Elmer “Brick” Keenan and moved to Santa Rosa, California, where he worked as a pressman for the Santa Rosa Democrat. When he retired after 36 years, the couple returned to Willits. After her husband’s death in 1984, she married Charles Ceccarelli in 1986. He died in 1990. At the time of her 110th birthday, Ceccarelli lived in Willits, California. She lived in her own home until the age of 107, after which she moved into a senior living facility. She became a supercentenarian in February 2018, and celebrated her 111th birthday in February 2019. She was still capable of walking with the aid of a walker as of her 114th birthday in 2022. At the beginning of 2022, Edith Ceccarelli was the second-oldest validated living person in California (behind Mila Mangold), the fourth-oldest validated living person in the United States (behind Bessie Hendricks, Mila Mangold, and Irene Dunham), and the second-oldest validated person ever born in California (behind Maria Branyas Morera).
Mrs. Ceccarelli’s age was validated by the Gerontology Research Group on Mar. 16, 2022. Following the death of 115-year old Bessie Hendricks of Iowa, Edie Ceccarelli became the oldest living person in the USA. On Feb. 5, 2023, she celebrated her 115th birthday.