Photo Gallery for Supercentenarians born in the year 1906, as of February 27, 2020.
Guerina Amedei, 113
This photo was sourced from http://www.romagnanoi.it.
February 15, 2018; Guerina Amedei was born in Meldola, Emilia-Romagna, Italy on January 31, 1906. She never married. After working there for some time, she moved to Milan. In 1976, she moved back to Meldola to care for her mother and sister where she still lived at the time of her 110th birthday.
Guerina Amedei died in Meldola, Emilia-Romagna, Italy, on March 1, 2019 at the age of 113 years, 29 days.
Anna Benericetti-Cimatti, 113
This photo was sourced from http://www.supercentenariditalia.it/.
April 6, 2018; Anna Benericetti-Cimatti was born in Brisighella, Emilia-Romagna, Italy on March 22, 1906.
Following the death of Maria Giuseppa Robucci-Nargiso on 18 June 2019, Anna Benericetti-Cimatti became the oldest living person in Italy. Following the death of Renata Bianchi on 5 October 2019, she became the last surviving Italian born in 1906. Anna Benericetti-Cimatti died in Forli, Emilia-Romagna, Italy on December 11, 2019 at the age of 113 years, 264 days.
Renata Bianchi-Pirini, 112
Sitting on the left with her sister, aged 20:
Photos sourced from https://www.romagnauno.it/cesena/festa-a-cesena-renata-bianchi-oggi-compie-112-anni/ and http://cesenadiunavolta.it.
November 30, 2018; Renata Bianchi-Pirini was born in Cesena, Emilia-Romagna, Italy on October 16, 1906. In 1930, she married Umberto Pirini, who died in 1965. They had three children, two of whom died in infancy. In her later life, Bianchi lived alone in her own home in Cesena, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. She was visited every morning by social workers, who carried out household chores and did her shopping. She successfully underwent a tumour removal operation in her centenarian years. Bianchi celebrated her 112th birthday on 16 October 2018 with her nephews and a grandchild. Her age was validated by the GRG on 28 November 2018.
Renata Bianchi-Pirini died in Cesena, Emilia-Romagna, Italy, on October 5, 2019 at the age of 112 years, 354 days.
Anne Brasz-Later, 113
Anne Brasz-Later on her 105th birthday with her grandson Mark.
One day before her 107th birthday:
Photos sourced from https://www.ad.nl/dossier-utrecht/110-jarige-utrechtse-is-bijna-de-oudste-in-het-land~a4139610/ and Facebook.
January 14, 2019; Anne Brasz-Later was born in Goes in the province of Zeeland, Netherlands on July 16, 1906. At the age of three, she moved to Indonesia (then the Dutch colony ‘Dutch East Indies’) where she married and gave birth to her three children – born in 1933, 1934 and 1936. Brasz-Later continued to live in Indonesia for 40 years until she returned to her native country in 1949, at age 43. In her later years, she moved to an apartment near a retirement home in the city of Utrecht.
On July 16, 2018, Anne Brasz-Later celebrated her 112th birthday. This made Kuijntjes and Brasz-Later the first two Dutch supercentenarians who were both alive at the age of 112, as well as 113. Brasz-Later was validated by the GRG on 14 January 2019. At the time she was the second oldest living person in the Netherlands behind 113-year old Geertje Kuijntjes.
Following the death of 114-year old Geertje Kuijntjes of Gorinchem on December 24, 2019, Anne Brasz-Later became the oldest living person in the Netherlands. At that time, she was said to be still quite alert, despite being wheelchair-bound and losing her eyesight.
Anne Brasz-Later died in Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands, on September 2, 2020 at the age of 114 years, 48 days. She was the fourth-oldest living person in Europe behind Tekla Juniewicz, Jeanne Bot and Lucile Randon.
Clara Cedeno-Tello, 113
Photos sourced from http://www.telemetro.com.
October 10, 2018; Clara Cedeno-Tello was born in Llano Bonito, Herrera Province, Panama on August 12, 1906. She was the daughter of Tomas Cedeno and Manuela Salvadora Tello. She had two older siblings: Miguel Cedeno and Saturnina Cedeno. Cedeno Tello married Elias Saavedra, but never had any children. Clara Cedeno-Tello became the oldest living person in Panama on 6 June 2017, following the death of 113-year-old Bienvenida Vergara Jaen de Cano. Her age was validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG) on 10 September 2018, making her the second validated supercentenarian from Panama.
In September 2019, at the age of 113, she was recognized as the oldest voter of Panama, who had voted uninterruptedly in all the elections and consultations from 1994 to 2019. On 13 October 2019, she surpassed the age of Bienvenida Vergara Jaen de Cano (1904-2017), becoming the oldest validated person who ever lived in Panama.
Clara Cedeno-Tello died in Chitre, Herrera Province, Panama, on 11 January 2020 at the age of 113 years, 152 days.
Mazie Ford, 112
July 15, 2018; Mazie Ford was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States on June 28, 1906. She was the fifth of eight children born to Clara and Louis Cherry. At the age of 16, she married Harry Golin, and they had two children. Together, the couple grew a neighbourhood butcher shop into a wholesale meat business in the Philadelphia area. After Golin died in 1978, she went on to marry her second husband, Newton Ford. In 1967, Ford moved to Hallandale Beach, Florida. At the age of 100, she began knitting small hats for infants at the Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Florida, which she was still doing as of her 112th birthday. She continued to drive a car until her mid-100s.
Mazie Ford died in Hallandale Beach, Florida, USA, on 6 May 2019 at the age of 112 years, 312 days.
Motome Hirata, 113
Photos sourced from http://shinshu.fm/MHz/22.56/archives/0000296500.html and https://www.city.matsudo.chiba.jp.
November 30, 2018; Motome Hirata was born in Ueda, Nagano Prefecture, Japan on August 12, 1906. She was involved in agriculture since the age of 11. After graduation, she started working in the fields, selling silk, raw silk and started doing both weaverding and sewing. She got married at the age of 25 and raised six children. She married into a family of silkworm breeders right when raw silk prices collapsed in the aftermath of the Great Depression. During WWII a local women’s association to which Hirata belonged prepared paper lanterns for use in morale-boosting parades. Although Showa was a period of intense work, Hirata said her life changed for the better during the Heisei years, starting in 1989. She started participating in tanka poetry club readings and developed a passion for drawing, among other hobbies. She moved from Nagano to Chiba. Asked about Reiwa, which is the first of Japan’s imperial eras to be chosen from a traditional work of Japanese poetry, Hirata said, “It’s wonderful,” adding that given her background in poetry she was aware it was derived from the “Manyoshu.” Expressing hope for the new generation and the new era beginning on May 1 with the ascension to the throne of Emperor Akihito’s son Naruhito, Hirata said, “I want the world to become a better place. In September 2018, Hirata was reported as the oldest living person in Chiba Prefecture. She was validated by the Gerontology Research Group on 22 October 2018.
Motome Hirata passed away in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, Japan, on 6 December 2019 at the age of 113 years, 116 days.
Henrietta Irwin, 112
On her 110th birthday:
On her 112th birthday:
These photos are sourced from Inside Halton and Instagram.
July 31, 2018; Henrietta Irwin was born as Henrietta Picton in Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom on May 27, 1906. She survived typhoid fever when she was 11 years old. In 1923, she met Norman Lindsay Irwin in Belfast, who was training to be architect. He got called away to Toronto, Canada, and from 1929, he started writing letters to Henrietta. Norman and Henrietta finally married in 1939 at the Timothy Eaton Memorial Church. The couple had two children, Peter and Deirdre. Henrietta said that they rarely argued, and that most of their disputes happened before their marriage. She taught piano lessons for many years on a Steinway Grand Piano, which she continued until senility. She travelled with her family to places such as Mexico, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Venice and Germany. Norman Irwin moved into a nursing home around 1995. Henrietta visited him every day. When she arrived home from a visit one day in 2002, she received a phone call to say that he had died, just moments after she left. He was 98 years old. The couple had been married for around 63 years. Irwin was active throughout her life, playing sports such as tennis, golf and curling. She has also said that dogs were a huge part of her life and there was never a time that she didnâ€™t have one. Irwin said she has no idea how sheâ€™s lived as long as she has, but said she has a very strong faith in God. That faith began with her own mother when her father who was a seagoing engineer spent his days at sea and they never knew for sure heâ€™d come back alive. Together they would pray for his safe return and he always came back. She was the oldest known living person in the province of Ontario and the second oldest living person in Canada behind Ellen Gibb. After the death of Jennie Sutherland on 15 March 2018, she became the last known living person in Canada born in 1906. Her age was validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG) on July 30, 2018.
Henrietta Irwin died in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on 15 January 2019 at the age of 112 years, 233 days.
Carmen Emilia Jaramillo Chavarria, 114
At age 100.
At age 107.
At age 113.
These photos are sourced from lavitrinadeportiva.com.
Apr. 29, 2021; Carmen Jaramillo Chavarria was born on was born in Ituango, Antioquia, Colombia, on May 17, 1906. Her mother died at the age of 70 and her father at 53. Her younger sister died at the age of 93, and one of the brothers at 82. She had five children. Two of her children died at a young age. Her eldest daughter died at the age of 41. For most of her life, she worked as a coffee collector, or prepared meals for farm workers. She didn’t have her own house, so she used to sleep at the farms who gave her the jobs. Sometimes, she had to walk for hours to go into another farm. Sometimes, she would still be on her way to another farm when the night came, so she had to stay the night on the road with her children. Her eldest son had built a house for her later. In the late 1960s, Jaramillo moved to Medellin, Antioquia, with her youngest daughter, Maria Alicia, when she turned 17. All her life she lived with or near her two daughters, while her son moved into another city to live independently. In May 2013, a large party was held on her 107th birthday. On 20 June 2018, she surpassed the age of Ana Sara Marquez de Ramirez (1904-2016), becoming the oldest person who ever lived in Colombia. According to her daughter, Maria Alicia Jaramillo who was 69 years-old as of May 2019, she lost the contact with two of her children, one of whom was 81 years old at that time. The second one was her son who lived in Uraba Antioquia. She lived with her youngest daughter, Maria Alicia. Her age was verified by Stefan Maglov, Fabrizio Villatoro and Santiago Garcia, and validated by the GRG on April 29, 2021.
Carmen Jaramillo Chavarria died in Itagui, Antioquia Department, Colombia, on the morning of July 15, 2020, at the age of 114 years, 59 days. She is the oldest validated person ever from Colombia.
Grace Catherine Jones, 112
As a young woman:
On her wedding day:
Aged 111; with her daughter Deirdre McCarthy
Photos courtesy of Dr. Andrew Holmes
January 26, 2019; Grace Catherine Jones was born as Grace Catherine Rich in Liverpool, England, on Sept. 16, 1906. She was the youngest of eight children born to Henry Banks Rich (1861-1932) and Sarah Alice Eilbeck (1867-1910). One of her brothers died in WWI. In her 20s, she owned a millinery factory. She married her husband, Leonard Jones, in 1933, and they had one daughter, Deirdre (born in 1937). Grace and Leonard spent their marriage moving around the country. In total, they moved 28 times, living in places such as Devon, Cheshire, and North Wales. Leonard died in 1986, aged 79. Jones moved to live with her family in Broadway, Worcestershire, in 2005. Jones became a supercentenarian in September 2016. She attributes her long life to drinking whisky every evening. Jones has been the last surviving British person born in 1906 since the death of Florence Ivy Cook on 7 December 2017, and became the oldest living person in the United Kingdom following the death of Olive Boar on Aug. 28, 2018. In November 2018, she was interviewed about her memories of WWI to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice. Her age was validated by the Gerontology Research Group on 26 January 2019.
Grace Catherine Jones died in Broadway, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom, on 7 June 2019 at the age of 112 years, 264 days.
Tekla Juniewicz, 115
Tekla Juniewicz as a young woman in the 1930s:
Tekla Juniewicz on her 100th birthday:
Mar. 13, 2016: Tekla Juniewicz, aged 109, with GRG-Poland Correspondent Waclaw Jan Kroczek:
Shortly before turning 110:
With her grandson Adam Stachowski on her 111th birthday:
Oct. 17, 2017: Tekla Juniewicz, aged 111, with GRG-Poland correspondent Waclaw Jan Kroczek and former GRG-United Kingdom correspondent Chris Law:
These photos were sourced from Adam Stachowski, http://www.dziennikzachodni.pl and http://www.najstarsipolacy.pl/.
June 10, 2020: Tekla Juniewicz on her 114th birthday.
June 10, 2021: Tekla Juniewicz on her 115th birthday.
Tekla Juniewicz, reading the GRG Congratulory Letter presented to her by Waclaw Jan Kroczek on her 115th birthday.
Photo courtesy Waclaw Jan Kroczek, GRG-Poland Correspondent.
May 17, 2018; Tekla Juniewicz was born in Krupsko, Austria-Hungary (now Ukraine) on June 10, 1906. This town then was located in the Austria-Hungary; Mrs. Tekla was born, therefore, as the subject of Emperor Franz Joseph. After regaining independence (1918), Krupsko was part of Rozdol Commune, Zydaczow County, Stanislawow Voivodeship of the Second Republic of Poland. In 1945, it was joined to the USSR, and after 1991 it is in the Lviv region of the independent Ukraine. In Krupsko, Mrs. Tekla spent the first years of her life, and two younger sisters, Rozalia and Katarzyna, were born there. Her father worked for Count Lanckoronski, mother took care of the house. Mrs. Tekla mentions her as a very beautiful woman. Unfortunately, she died during the First World War. At that time, little Tekla went to the school of Szarytki Sisters in Przeworsk, where she learned to sew, embroider, and help in the kitchen. The sisters used to call Mrs. Tekla “Kluska”; they were very good to her and replaced her mother, who she lost prematurely. After many years, she often visited them with her own daughters. In Przeworsk she also met her future husband, Jan Juniewicz, whom she married on 28 February 1927. After the wedding, they moved to Boryslaw, where Juniewicz took a job in the earth wax mine. The couple had two daughters, Janina (1928-2016) and Urszula (born 1929). Tekla often visited Warsaw, having the opportunity to participate in parades with the participation of Jozef Pilsudski. She did not like stagnation, she was always on the move. She liked cinema, playing cards and social life. She also read a lot and practiced her own garden. A happy family life was interrupted by the outbreak of World War II. Mrs. Tekla mentioned that both wars were terrible, but the second was incomparably more, because in the first there was not the ruthlessness and mass destruction on such scale. She left her home in November 1945 when, together with her first repatriation, she and her family came to the regained territories. Initially, they planned to settle in Walbrzych, but at the instigation of friends, they got off in Gliwice, where Jan Juniewicz got a job at the Sosnica mine. Mrs. Tekla took care of the home and raising her daughters. Her husband died in 1980 at the age of 96. Mrs. Tekla lived alone until she was 103 years old. Then her grandson Adam Stachowski moved in to help her with her daily activities.
In March 2016, Tekla Juniewicz was recognized as the second-oldest living resident of Poland and the oldest living person in Silesia Voivodeship, whereupon she would celebrate her 110th birthday. On 10 June 2016, Tekla Juniewicz turned 110, becoming the first supercentenarian in the contemporary history of Silesia Voivodship. The birthday party, in which the jubilate took part with full commitment, took place in a local restaurant in Sosnica. In June 2017, she turned 111. Tekla Juniewicz became the oldest living person in Poland following the death of 111- year old Jadwiga Szubartowicz on July 20, 2017. On 22 April 2018, Tekla Juniewicz broke the national record of longevity, which belonged to Wanda Wierzchleyska of Warsaw (1900-2012), also from the Lviv region, becoming the oldest person who ever lived in Poland. Her age has been validated by the Gerontology Research Group on 16 May 2018. According to modern validation standards, the date of birth was confirmed by sources from different periods of her life. Tekla Juniewicz’s age was validated by the GRG after the age validation work performed by GRG-Poland Correspondent Waclaw Jan Kroczek in 2018, following the diplomatic action between Poland and Ukraine, with the close cooperation of Juniewicz’s family.
On 10 June 2018, Tekla Juniewicz turned 112, becoming the first person in the history of Poland to have achieved this milestone. She subsequently became the first person in Poland to reach the ages of 113, 114, and 115 (in 2019, 2020, and 2021 respectively). On 10 June 2019, Tekla Juniewicz turned 113. On this occasion, she received congratulory letters from both the President and the Prime Minister. One day later, she surpassed the age of Astrid Zachrison, becoming the oldest person to have ever lived in the Baltic Sea region. In Aug. 2019, Tekla Juniewicz was visited by the Prime Minister of Poland.
On 11 May 2020, Juniewicz became the oldest documented person ever born in present-day Ukraine, having surpassed the previous record of 113 years, 335 days set by Goldie Michelson of Massachusetts, USA.
Tekla Juniewicz lives in Gliwice, Silesia, Poland.
Natsuyo Kinase, 113
Picture sourced from Twitter.
February 24, 2020; Natsuyo Kinase was born in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, on 30 October 1906. Her husband died during the war. Even as a supercentenarian, she still continued to watch sumo wrestling on the television. Following the death of Chiyo Miyako, Natsuyo Kinase was the oldest living person in the Kanagawa Prefecture.
Natsuyo Kinase passed away in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, on January 26, 2020 at the age of 113 years, 88 days.
Valentine Ligny, 115
At age 107:
At age 110:
At age 111:
At age 112:
On her 113th birthday.
On her 114th birthday.
On her wedding day:
The pictures were sourced from francebleu.fr.
Feb. 26, 2020; Valentine Ligny was born in Avion, Pas-de-Calais, France on October 22, 1906. She had three siblings. Her family came to Amiens in 1911. She had memories of World War I. In 1933, she married Pierre Ligny. The couple settled in neighbourhood Saint-Acheul, Amiens. They had three daughters: Nicole, Claudine, and Francoise. In 1940, Ligny evacuated in Amboise, Indre-et-Loire in a cart with her three daughters, because of World War II. Her husband was prisoner in Amiens citadel. Her house, who was in Croy street, was destroyed. After the Liberation, Ligny came back to Amiens with her daughters, and her husband, who was released, rebuilt their house. In 1947, Pierre Ligny died while saving his nephew from drowning in Cayeux-sur-Mer Ligny had a career as an office worker in the company Boulogne. She retired at age 65. She lived independently in her home until the age of 109. On her 111th birthday, when Ligny was asked how she feels, she replied: “Well, I feel good, you know!”. At the time, she was still able to walk with assistance. Her relatives said that her strong character may be the secret of her longevity.
On October 22, 2019, Ligny celebrated her 113th birthday. At the time, she was the fourth-oldest validated person living in France behind Lucile Randon, Jeanne Bot and Marie-Louise Taterode. Ligny was the oldest living person in the Hauts-de-France region since the death of Madeleine Ragon on 8 March 2017.
Valentine Ligny died on January 4, 2022 in Amiens, Somme, Hauts-de-France, France at the age of 115 years, 74 days. She was the last French person from 1906 and the 6th oldest validated living person in the world, the second-oldest person living in France, behind Lucile Randon. Additionally, she was the third-oldest living person in Europe, behind Randon and Tekla Juniewicz.
Beulah Meloche, 113
Celebrating her 105th birthday.
Celebrating her 109th birthday.
Celebrating her 110th birthday.
At age 111.
Feb. 23, 2020; Beulah Meloche was born in Chazy, New York, and grew up in nearby Plattsburgh. She claims to have been born on November 23, 1906, but the validation process concluded that she was born on December 5, 1906. For many years, Meloche worked as a caregiver for children. She never had children of her own. She had three sisters: Mabel, Edith, and Matilda. She was married to Armand Meloche before his death in 1972. From 2011, Meloche lived in a nursing home in Ogdensburg, New York. She became the oldest living person in the state of New York following the death of 114 year-old Alelia Murphy on 23 November 2019.
Beulah Meloche died on October 27, 2020 at the age of 113 years, 327 days (and the claimed age of 113 years, 340 days). She was believed to be the fourth-oldest living person in the United States at time of her death.
Lucy Mirigian, 114
On herr 105th birthday.
Celebrating her 110th birthday.
Celebrating her 111th birthday.
On her 112th birthday.
On her 113th birthday.
As a young woman.
The pictures were sourced from Fb by the courtesy of Lucy Mirigian’s family.
July 10, 2021; Lucy Mirigian was born as Lusig Sarkisian in Erzurum, Western Armenia, Ottoman Empire (present-day Turkey) on August 15, 1906. Her parents were Kevork (George) and Altoun (Mary) Sarkisian. The family left the Ottoman Empire just before the Armenian Genocide and moved to the United States. Since then, Lucy has spent all of her life in California. She married Ashod Mirigian in 1936 in San Francisco, with whom she had two children: Sonia Lou Mirigian (born January 5, 1940) and Garo Alan Mirigian (born January 18, 1946). The couple later divorced in March 1976. Following the death of Minnie Whicker on October, 22 2020, she became the oldest living person in the state of California.
Lucy Mirigian died in Fresno, California, USA on February 12, 2021 at the age of 114 years, 181 days. At the time she was the second-oldest living person in the United States, behind Hester Ford, the fourth-oldest living person from the Americas behind Francisca Celsa dos Santos, Antonia da Santa Cruz and Hester Ford and the eighth-oldest living person in the world.
Maki Miura, 112
Aged 106, with the mayor of Tome.
January 20, 2019; Maki Miura was born in Japan on July 25, 1906. On 20 January 2019, Miura was validated by the Gerontology Research Group. She lived in Tome, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan and she was the second-oldest living person in Miyagi Prefecture behind Shin Matsushita.
In Feb. 2019, Maki Miura entered limbo.
Julie Montabord, 113
In her 40s:
May 24, 2018; Julie Montabord was born in Le Vauclin, Martinique, France on April 17, 1906. Her mother, Felicite Jandia (1881-1992), was a validated supercentenarian as well, making them just the second documented parent-child supercentenarian pair in history and the pair recordholder for the highest combined parent-child age. She travelled to Saint-Pierre, Martinique at the age of 20. She worked in Saint-Pierre as a manager for 17 years. After that, she moved to south France where she worked as a housekeeper. She had one son, Raymond.
Julie Montabord died in Le Precheur, Martinique, France on 18 July 2019 at the age of 113 years, 92 days.
Richard Overton, 112
During his military service in World War II:
Meeting President Barack Obama, aged 107:
Smoking shortly before his 109th birthday:
Richard Overton celebrating his 110th birthday in San Antonio, Texas:
Richard Overton celebrating his 111th birthday in Austin, Texas:
Photos courtesy of http://www.kvue.com, Statesman newspaper, Wall Street Journal and and Ashley Landis.
May 13, 2018; Richard Overton was born in was born in Bastrop County, Texas, United States on May 11, 1906. He was the son of Jim Gentry and Elizabeth Franklin Overton. He married twice but never had any children. He enlisted in the military on 3 September 1942 and served in the South Pacific until 1945, having advanced to the rank of Sergeant. After leaving the military, Overton worked at furniture stores in the Austin, Texas area before working for the Texas Department of the Treasury in Austin. Overton received nationwide attention following the 2013 Memorial Day weekend. Richard Overton became the oldest known veteran in the United States following the death of Frank Levingston on 3 May 2016, and the oldest living person in Texas following the death of Ellen Boenig on 16 April 2017. He became the oldest known living man in the United States following the death of Clarence Matthews on 22 July 2017.
Richard Overton died in Austin, Texas, USA, on 27 December 2018 at the age of 112 years, 230 days. He had been hospitalised with pneumonia earlier that month.
Josefa Santos Gonzalez, 113
Josefa Santos Gonzalez at age 110.
Josefa Santos Gonzalez at age 111.
Josefa Santos Gonzalez at age 112.
The picture of Josefa Santos Gonzalez at age 112 courtesy of Mr. Miguel Quesada, GRG-Spain Correspondent.
Feb. 19, 2020; Josefa Santos Gonzalez was born in Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain on September 7, 1906. In 1932, she married a man named Ramon and had five children with him: Rafaela, Luisa, Jose, Isabel, and Luis. In her later years, Josefa moved to Madrid in order to be closer to her family. At age 102, she broke her hip, and, at age 109, she fractured her femur. The successful recovery from these incidents amazed her doctors. At the time of her 110th birthday in 2016, along with her five children, she had 15 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren. In 2017, Josefa Santos Gonzalez celebrated her 111th birthday in her care home with relatives from as far afield as Germany. Following the death of 115-year-old Magdalena Oliver Gabarro on May 1, 2019, Josefa Santos Gonzalez became the oldest living person in Spain. Her age was validated by the GRG on 31 August 2019.
Josefa Santos Gonzalez died in Madrid, Spain, on 22 December 2019, at the age of 113 years, 106 days.
Louise Schaaf, 113
Louise Schaaf as a child, with her siblings.
Louise Schaaf at age 110.
Louise Schaaf at age 111.
Louise Schaaf at age 112.
Feb. 21, 2020; Louise Schaaf was born in Dietlingen, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, on October 16, 1906. As a young girl, she worked in her aunt’s watch factory. She emigrated to the United States at the age of 21, arriving on June 4, 1928. A cousin sent her the money to move to Chicago, Illinois, where she worked cleaning houses and taking care of children. Schaaf married her husband, Erwin, on April 24, 1931. She stayed at home to look after their two children when they were young, before later working part-time packing chocolates at a candy store. She also worked as a cook at the Hapsburg Inn in Des Plaines, Chicago, where her husband moonlighted as a bartender. After the Second World War, Schaaf sent regular care packages to her relatives in Germany, mailing them items such as tobacco, coffee, and toilet paper. In 1952, Schaaf returned to Germany for the first time since emigrating. At the time of her 110th birthday in October 2016, Schaaf lived in her own home in Chicago, Illinois, and reportedly enjoyed cooking and baking. Toward the end of her life, she lost some of her vision due to macular degeneration.
Louise Schaaf died at her home in Chicago, Illinois, USA, on April 25, 2020 at the age of 113 years, 192 days. At the time of her death, she had four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and eight great-great grandchildren. A ninth great-grandchild was born about a week after she died. At the time of her death, Schaaf was the second-oldest living emigrant whose age has been validated by GRG, after Tekla Juniewicz. She was also the oldest living person born in Germany and the sixth-oldest known living person in the United States.
Lillian Stubbs, 112
As a baby:
On her 110th birthday:
Aged 111, with her son Irving Stubbs and friend Patti Gaudio:
The photo at age 110 was sourced from http://www.vagazette.com.
May 7, 2018; Lillian Stubbs was born in Hertford, Perquimans County, North Carolina, United States on April 30, 1906 to John and Annie Howell. She grew up on a farm with two brothers and seven sisters. On June 27, 1926, she married Irving Stubbs in Norfolk, Virginia, and had at two children with him, Irving Stubbs, Jr. and Dorothy Jane Stubbs Bailey. The pair were married for 55 years before Irving died in 1981.
July 15, 2018; Lillian Stubbs died in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA on June 16, 2018 at the age of 112 years, 47 days.
Thelma Sutcliffe, 115
Celebrating her 111th birthday.
Aged 113; together with GRG-Nebraska Correspondent, Ethan Unruh.
Aged 114; together with GRG-Nebraska Correspondent, Ethan Unruh.
The photo from Mrs. Sutcliffe’s 113th birthday party courtesy of Mr. Ethan Unruh, GRG-Nebraska Correspondent.
Feb. 22, 2020; Thelma Sutcliffe was born in Benson, Omaha, Nebraska, on October 1, 1906 to August and Maude (nÃ©e Adams) Liesche. On September 3, 1924, at the age of 17, she married Bill Sutcliffe in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The couple had no children, and were married until Bill died in the early 1970s. Sutcliffe has survived two bouts of breast cancer over the course of her life.
At the time of her 110th birthday in 2016, Sutcliffe lived in a residential apartment in Omaha, Nebraska. She reportedly exercised every morning, did her own laundry, and played bridge several times a week. In 2017, Sutcliffe moved in to an assisted living facility in Omaha. She celebrated her 114th birthday in October 2020. In April 2021, Sutcliffe was reported to have lost most of her sight and some of her hearing, but otherwise was ‘very sharp’.
At the time of her 110th birthday in 2016, Sutcliffe was the oldest known person living in Nebraska. Following the death of Mina Kitagawa on 22 October 2020, Sutcliffe entered the top ten oldest validated living people in the world. Following the death of Lucy Mirigian, she became last remaining validated American born in 1906. Following the death of Hester Ford on 17 April 2021, Sutcliffe became the oldest validated living person in the whole of the United States.
On 14 April 2020, Sutcliffe became Nebraska’s all-time longevity record-holder after surpassing the previous record of 113 years, 195 days set by Helen Stetter. Additionally, upon reaching the age of 113 years, 328 days on 24 August 2020, Sutcliffe became the oldest person ever born in Nebraska, surpassing the age of Clara Huhn. Sutcliffe is also the first person from Nebraska to turn 114 and 115. Sutcliffe’s sister, Marie Kelso (12 June 1904 â€“ 8 March 2011), lived to the age of 106 years, 269 days. With a combined age of 222 years, 1 days, the sisters are one of the oldest pair of siblings ever recorded.
Sayo Taminato, 113
Sayo Taminato celebrating her 113th birthday.
Photos courtesy of Mrs. Sayo Taminato’s family and GRG-Japan Correspondent Mrs. Yumi Yamamoto.
July 22, 2021; Sayo Taminato was born in Wakugawa, Nakijin, Kunigami District, Okinawa, Japan, on October 15, 1906. After losing her husband in the Second World War, she managed to run a store and raised four sons and three daughters. Until the age of 100, reading a newspaper was her daily routine. Following the death of Kame Ganeko on 18 October 2019, she became the oldest living person in Okinawa Prefecture.
Sayo Taminato passed away at a nursing home in Nakijin, Okinawa, Japan, on August 7, 2020, at the age of 113 years, 297 days.
Marie-Louise Taterode, 113
Marie-Louise Taterode celebrating her 110th birthday.
Marie-Louise Taterode celebrating her 111th birthday.
Marie-Louise Taterode celebrating her 112th birthday.
Marie-Louise Taterode celebrating her 113th birthday.
Photos courtesy of http://www.lamontagne.fr, La Montagne, France.
February 16, 2020; Marie-Louise Taterode was born in Uzerche, Nouvelle-Aquitaine on 17 July 1906. Her father was a weaver and her mother a seamstress. The youngest of five children, she left Limousin to follow her father, who became a miner in Champagnac-les-Mines in the Cantal. The family settled in Clermont-Ferrand. Taterode worked for the company Pingeot for 13 years and then in a paper mill in Montlouis for 34 years. She had no children of her own, but raised a niece, Louisette, who was orphaned at the age of 7 years. Since 2011, Taterode has lived in a retirement home in Lezoux, Puy-de-Dome, France. In July 2019, she celebrated her 113th birthday. Her age was validated by the GRG on 19 August 2019. At the time, she was the third-oldest known living person in France behind Jeanne Bot and Lucile Randon. She was the fifth-oldest known living person in Europe, until the death of 114-year old Anne Brasz-Later of the Netherlands, which meant for the last day of her life, Taterode upgraded to the fourth oldest living person in Europe, behind Tekla Juniewicz, Jeanne Bot and Lucile Randon.
Marie-Louise Taterode passed away in Lezoux, Puy-de-Dome, France on September 3, 2020, at the age of 114 years, 48 days.
Taka Tsuji, 113
Aged 75 in 1982:
Taka Tsuji celebrating her 110th birthday.
Taka Tsuji celebrating her 112th birthday.
Photos courtesy of Mrs. Taka Tsuji’s family and GRG-Japan Correspondent Mrs. Yumi Yamamoto.
February 28, 2021; Taka Tsuji was born on August 6, 1906 in Arita Town, Saga Prefecture, Japan. She was the youngest of five siblings and she had four older brothers. She married Shigetoshi Tsuji, who lived across the road from her house when Taka was 21 years old in 1927, and she was blessed with five children.
Since her marriage, Taka had been engaged in the production of paints that are indispensable for Arita porcelain, a traditional craft of Saga prefecture, which is her husband’s family business. And when Taka was 75 years old, she was awarded the POLA Traditional Culture Award by the POLA Traditional Culture Promotion Foundation for her efforts to maintain the secret manufacturing techniques that have been passed down to the Tsuji family for generations. She suffered from heart disease in the 90’s and had surgery to wear a pacemaker. Ten years later, her pacemaker ran out of battery, but she lived for another ten years with a dead pacemaker in her heart.
Taka Tsuji passed away in Arita Town, Nishimatsuura District, Saga Prefecture, Japan, on March 4, 2020, at the age of 113 and 211 days. At the time of her death, she was the second-oldest living person in Saga Prefecture behind 115-year old Shigeyo Nakachi.
Carmela Velardi-Merrina, 112
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Feb. 27, 2020; Carmela Velardi-Merrina was born in Palermo, Sicily, Italy on October 22, 1906. She lived in the district of San Giovanni, in Milazzo, Sicily, with one of her six children, Gloria, and the family of her granddaughter, Gioia, who owns a toy store. At the age of 110, Velardi was still lucid though with some understandable ailment. She was a housewife, even though relatives remember that she had a short appearance in the film “Vacanze d’amore”, in 1955. In this film she portrayed the mother of the actress Delia Scala. Mrs Carmela Velardi celebrated her 111 years on October 22, 2017, surrounded by her daughters and dozens of grandchildren and great-grandchildren and has also received the visit of Mayor and a councillor. She was the second-oldest person in Sicily, behind the 113-year old Diega Cammalleri.
Carmela Velardi died in Milazzo, Sicily, Italy on April 21, 2019 at the age of 112 years, 181 days.
Margaret Vivian, 112
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April 23, 2018; Margaret Vivian was born in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom on February 25, 1906. On her 10th birthday, she and her elder siblings Jean, aged 12, and Joe, 14 left the care of her aunt to set off on a five-week journey to join her parents in Fremantle, Western Australia. In 1927, she married Jack Dagmar Milton Vivian (1904-1981) with whom she would have two children. Vivian lives in Doubleview, Western Australia.
October 10, 2018; Margaret Vivian died in Doubleview, Perth, Western Australia on September 20, 2018 at the age of 112 years, 207 days.
Minnie Whicker, 114
On her 112th birthday:
October 10, 2018; Minnie Whicker was born in Evansville, Crawford County, Arkansas, USA on July 24, 1906, to Francis and Belle (Walker) Jenkins. She married Roy Earnest Whicker in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, USA, on June 11, 1927, and spent her life as a homemaker. The couple had four children and were married for 67 years until his death on December 20, 1994. Following her husband’s retirement in the 1970s, Whicker moved to Roseville, California, where she spent the rest of her life. At the time of her 112th birthday in July 2018, she had eight grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Whicker voted via absentee ballot in the 2018 U.S. midterm elections, making her one of the oldest voters.
Minnie Whicker died in Roseville, Placer County, California, USA, on October 22, 2020 at the age of 114 years, 90 days. She was the oldest living person in California and the third oldest living person in the USA at the time.