Photo Gallery for Supercentenarians born in the year 1896,
as of February 26, 2017.


Kane Akazawa, 110

Kane Akazawa

February 26, 2017; Kane Akazawa was born in Japan on February 27, 1896 and died in Chiba, Japan on September 19, 2006 at the age of 110 years, 204 days.


Henry Allingham, 113


Henry Allingham, as a child

Henry Allingham as a child.

Henry Allingham, in RAF uniform, 1916

Henry Allingham in RAF uniform, 1916.

Henry Allingham, with his wife

Henry Allingham with his wife.

June 6, 2006 Henry Allingham, 110
Henry Allingham will be 110 on June 6, 2006. The Royal Air Force has scheduled a fly-past over the East Sussex coast to celebrate the 110th birthday of Britain's oldest man.

June 3, 2006 ( BBC News) -- Two tornadoes from 31 squadron are to fly over the Grand Hotel in Eastbourne for the anniversary on Tuesday. Mr Allingham, a World War I Air Service Veteran, lived in the town after retiring, but recently moved to a care home near Brighton. "He really does marvel at the fact he has reached the age he has," said close friend, Denis Goodwin. "It's going to be a tremendous day for Henry, and I'm sure he will enjoy it."

Mr Allingham will be joined by senior figures in the RAF for the fly-past. He will later have a private lunch with family members from the US. He served as a mechanic with the Royal Naval Air Service during the war, before transferring to the newly-created RAF. He is the last-remaining founder-member of the RAF and the only remaining survivor of the battle of Jutland.

He has five Grandchildren and 12 Great Grandchildren. In March, Mr Allingham was given the Freedom of Eastbourne, where he had lived since the 1960's. Three weeks ago he moved to St. Dunstan's, a care home for ex-service personnel, in Ovingdean.

Henry Allingham, with WWI veterans Harry Patch and Bill Stone

Henry Allingham with WWI veterans Harry Patch and Bill Stone, in November 2006.

Henry Allingham, 111

Henry Allingham aged 111.

May 22, 2008; (BBC News) -- "The UK's Oldest Man and One of Britain's Two Surviving WW-I Veterans Has Received an Honorary Doctorate"
Mr. Henry Allingham, aged 112, was awarded a doctorate in engineering at Southampton Solent University today. Click for the video at BBC News.

September 15, 2008

Mr. Henry Allingham, 112
Mr. Henry Allingham was born on June 6, 1896 and is now 112.

Ref.: Martin Phillips, "I Cheered Boer War Vets in 1902" The Sun (September 13, 2008).


Henry Allingham, 113

Henry Allingham on his 113th birthday, June 6, 2009.

Henry Allingham, Oldest Man
June 19, 2009; With the death today of Mr. Tomoji Tanabe of Southern Japan, Mr. Allingham assumes the title of the World's Oldest Man (as confirmed by Guinness World Records). Click for more details from the Telegraph.

July 18, 2009; We are sad to report that Mr. Allingham died today in England at age 113 years, 42 days. Click for more details.
Click on the photo below for still more details
Henry Allingham
from the BBC News.

July 19, 2009; An Obituary on the LA Times website has a nice video clip from the Associated Press.


Daisey Bailey, 113

Daisey Bailey, 113

November 26, 2009; Daisey Bailey was born on March 30, 1896 in Tennessee but currently lives in Detroit, MI. Click on the photo for more details about her 113th Birthday; however, the GRG doesn't agree with the alleged year of birth being 1895 instead of 1896.

Daisey Bailey, 113

March 11, 2010; We are sad to report that Mrs. Daisy Bailey passed away on March 7, 2010 at age 113 years, 342 days. Click on her photo for more details from BOSSIP.


Florence Baldwin, 114

Florence Baldwin at 110
March 12, 2010; Florence "Florrie" Baldwin was born on March 31, 1896 and, at the age of 113, is recognized as the oldest living person in the UK following the death of 111-year-old Aida Mason on February 9, 2007. Guinness World Records paid her a visit when Baldwin became the new British recordholder. As of March 2010, she is the fourth oldest verified person in the world and the oldest person in Europe. Click on her photo above for more details from the website of our GRG British Correspondent, Dr. Andrew Holmes

May 10, 2010; We are sad to report the passing of Florence Baldwin on Saturday, May 8th at age 114 years, 38 days.


Angeline Barrette, 110

Angeline Barrette

May 13, 2015; Angeline Barrette was born in Quebec, Canada on December 10, 1896 and died in the same province on February 28, 2007 at age 110 years, 80 days.


Louise Bilon, 110

An undated photo of Louise Bilon:


Louise Bilon
September 24, 2014; Louise Bilon was born in Martinique (an overseas department of France) on August 15, 1896 and died in Martinique on January 25, 2007 at age 110 years, 163 days.


Eugenie Blanchard, 114

Eugenie Blanchard, 114
March 5, 2010; Eugenie Blanchard was born in Guadeloupe (FRANCE) on February 16, 1896 and now lives on St. Barth. (FRANCE). If you read French, click on the photo for more details of her 114th birthday.

Eugenie
Blanchard
May 11, 2010; Former nun Eugenie Blanchard lies in a hospital in Gustavia, on the French island of Saint-Barthelemy. Blanchard was born on February 16, 1896, and became "The World's Oldest Person" at the age of 114 after Japanese woman Kama Chinen died on May 2nd, aged 114 years and 357 days. Click on her photo for more details from the Daily Telegraph.

Eugenie Blanchard, 114
November 4, 2010; We are sad to report that Eugenie Blanchard passed away today at age 114 years, 261 days. Click on the Photo above for more details from USA Today.


Walter Breuning, 114

Click for a Wikipedia entry for Mr. Breuning.


December 8, 2007; Click for a Video Clip of Mr. Walter Breuning, 111, of Great Falls, Montana being fitted for a hearing aid through the generosity of The Hearing Place Foundation that donates such hearing aids to persons who can't afford them. His eyes lit up when he got his hearing back! CNN and KRTV's Fred Pfeiffer reports. [TRT = 2:19 min.]

Mr. Breuning was born on September 21, 1896 in Melrose, MN

September 22, 2008
Walter Breuning, 112
Click on the photo for news of Walter Breuning's 112th Birthday Party.


Walter Breuning, Painting Walter Breuning
The first image above is a painting.


April 24, 2009; Click for a CBS-TV News Interview of Walter Breuning that has now been posted on YouTube. (TRT = 3:05 min).


July 18, 2009; With the death today of Mr. Henry Allingham of England, Mr. Breuning now becomes the oldest man in the world, pending validation by the Guinness Book of World Records.


Sunday morning, August 2, 2009 in Great Falls, MT...
Walter Breuning, 112 Walter Breuning, 112
Walter Breuning Walter Breuning
Walter Breuning
Mr. Walter Breuning, 112, interviewed by Dr. Coles.

World's Oldest Man Marks 113th Birthday

September 21, 2009; Great Falls, MT (AP) A Montana resident who is considered to be the world's oldest man celebrates his 113th birthday Monday. A party for Walter Breuning was planned at the Rainbow Retirement Community in Great Falls. Montanta Gov. Brian Schweitzer was among those expected to attend. Breuning was born on September 21, 1896 in Melrose, MN, and moved to Montana in 1918. He worked for the railroad for 50 years.


Ref.: KRTV-TV

Walter Breuning, 113
July 24, 2010; Walter Breuning, the "World's Oldest Man," at his 113th birthday celebration in September in Great Falls, MT. Click for more details from The Wall Street Journal article "Scientists Seek To Tabulate Mysteries of the Aged."

March 10, 2010; Mr. Bill Richardson sent us this photo of
Walter Breuning, 113
Mr. Walter Breuning, which was taken on February 26, 2010.

Walter Breuning, 114 Walter Breuning, 114
February 14, 2011; Mr. Hunter Weeks indicated that he is shooting a documentary film about Supercentenarians with Walter Breuning as a core part of the film. He recently visited Walter in Great Falls and took these photos. They spoke for about an hour and a half. Walter's doing pretty well and is still moving around easily with a walker.


April 5, 2011; Click for current news of Walter's hospitalization from KRTV.com.

April 14, 2011; We are sad to report that Mr. Breuning passed away today at age 114 years and 205 days. Click for his Obituary from Associated Press.


Florence Busch, 112

Florence Busch, 112
Florence Busch

January 22 , 2009; Florence Busch, born in Wisconsin on August 13, 1896 died on January 21st of this year at age 112 years, 161 days. Click on the photo above for more details.

Ref.: Laurel Walker, "USA: Florence Busch, Wisconsin's Oldest Resident Dies at Age 112," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (January 22, 2009).


Besse Cooper, 116

Besse Cooper, as a young woman

Besse Cooper as a young woman.

Besse Cooper, in her retirement

Besse Cooper in her retirement.

February 15, 2008; Mr. Robert Young of Atlanta, GA just sent us this photo of

Besse Cooper at age 109
Mrs. Besse Cooper who was born on August 26, 1896 in Sullivan County, Tennessee and who now lives in Monroe, GA. The photo was taken on October 25, 2007.

August 22, 2009; Mr. Robert Young of Georgia has just sent us this photo of
Sidney and Besse Cooper
Besse Cooper, now 112, with her Son, Sidney, 74.

Besse moved from Tennessee to Georgia during WW-I. She was a teacher, and at the time teachers were 'not allowed' to have children, so Ms. Cooper started late, having her first child at 33 and her last at age 48! Ms. Cooper also has a 28-year-old Grandson, evidence that longevity does not necessarily mean that long life will not yield more generations at the same time.

Ms. Cooper's 'secrets' to long life include using Oil of Olay on her skin and the occasional fried chicken. When asked if she had any words of wisdom, Besse first cackled "I'm not wise," before saying "Be good and honest and help people who need help."

Ms. Cooper has been a strong woman; the family told stories about how she usually got her own way about things, including once shooting a gun to scare a drunkard off her property. Ms. Cooper was also noted for driving Model-T Ford's a little too fast.

Ms. Cooper has voted in every presidential election beginning in 1920, except for 1948 when everyone thought that Dewey would defeat Truman. She became a Republican around the time of the Reagan era when Jimmy Carter ran; Ms. Cooper voted for John McCain.

When someone asked Besse "How does it feel to be 113?", she replied "It feels great!" When someone asked her "Are you going to last for a longer time?," she said, "I hope so."

In great shape at age 111, Besse's eyesight and hearing have gotten worse in recent months as she nears her 113th birthday Wednesday. She used to read books. Although communication is a bit harder now, she is still lucid and can speak to a room full of people."

Besse Cooper, 113

Besse Cooper with Stephen Johnson, Nursing Home Adminstrator
August 21, 2010; Mr. Robert Young took this photo of Stephen Johnson, Nursing Home Administrator with Besse Cooper of Georgia, awarding her with an SRF Honorary Plaque as the third oldest living person in the world.

Besse Cooper, 113

August 26, 2010; Mr. Robert Young just sent us this photo from Ms. Cooper's birthday party that he attended.

Son Sidney and Besse Cooper, 114
September 24, 2010; Son Sidney Cooper, Besse Cooper, and Natalie Coles for a visit in Monroe, GA.

Dr. Stephen Franklin, Besse Cooper, and Robert Young
August 26, 2011; Dr. Stephen Franklin and Robert Young with Besse Cooper on the occasion of her 115th birthday party in Monroe, GA.

Besse Cooper, 116

Besse Cooper at 116 yo
August 26, 2012; Monroe, GA; Besse Cooper on her 116th birthday. Click on the first photo above for more details regarding her 116th Birthday Party. A county bridge has been named in her honor.

Besse Bridge
December 4, 2012; We are sad to report that Ms. Besse Brown Cooper passed away this afternoon of a respiratory tract infection at age 116 years, 100 days. Click on her photo for more details.

December 6,2012; Short Note on Pronunciation: We have it on good authority that Besse's first name was pronounced "Bess," as in Good Queen Bess, NOT "Bess-ee".


Helen Czechowicz, 110

Helen Czechowicz
Photo sourced from http://www.leetestevens.com.

May 4, 2016; Helen Czechowicz was born in Russian Empire (now Lithuania) on January 1, 1896 and died in Connecticut, United States on February 3, 2006 at the age of 110 years, 33 days.


Augusto Moreira de Oliveira, 112

February 14, 2009

Augusto Moreira de Oliveira

Augusto Moreira de Oliveira, 112

Sr. Augusto Moreira de Oliveira was born in Portugal on October 6, 1896 and passed away on February 13, 2009 at age 112 years, 130 days. Click on the photo for more details (in Portuguese).


Jean Einstein, 110

Jean Einstein
Photo provided by Dr. Andrew Holmes.

May 4, 2016; Jean Einstein was born in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom on April 11, 1896 and died in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom on December 8, 2006 at the age of 110 years, 241 days.


Margaret Fitzgerald, 113

Margaret Fitzgerald
Margaret Fitzgerald

October 14, 2008 Margaret King Fitzgerald of Moncton, New Brunswick, CANADA. was born on September 16, 1896.

Ref.: Canada East (October 14, 2008).

Margaret King Fitzgerald, 113
Margaret (King) Fitzgerald celebrates her 113th birthday recently with her Nephew, Mr. Reg King.

October 21, 2009; We are sad to report that Ms. Fitzgerald passed away yesterday morning at age 113 years, 34 days. Click on her photo above for more details from a Canadian newspaper.


Ida Frabboni, 113

Ida Frabboni , 113
November 2, 2009; We are sad to report that Ida Frabboni, born in Italy on October 4, 1896, passed away today at age 113 years, 29 days. If you read Italian, click on the photo above for more details.


George Francis, 112

Mr. George Rene Francis, 111

June 19, 2007; Mr. George Rene Francis, born on June 6, 1896, had an early birthday party in Sacramento, CA (Click for the full story by Stephen Magagnini in the Sacramento Bee (June 4, 2007).

Note: This story incorrectly lists Mr. Francis as being 110 years old, but the GRG and The Guinness Book of World Records have corrected this one-year mistake along with the family. This makes Mr. Francis presently the oldest man in the US, even though there are still three other men ahead of him in the world (two in Japan and one in England).

Mr. George Francis and Daughters

August 27, 2007; Mr. George Francis, 111, of Sacramento, CA and two of his Daughters: Mrs. Lelia Veronica Francis LaRue (L) and Shirley Francis Wade ( R).

December 28, 2008; We have just been informed that Mr. George Francis of Sacramento passed away last night at age 112 years 204 days.

Click on the photo below for more details...
George Francis votes Nov. 2008
George Francis, who voted for Barack Obama, and Daughter Lelia LaRue look at news of his victory."


Ref.:

AP, "George Francis [1896 - 2008], Oldest Man in the United States, Dies at 112," The Los Angeles Times, p. B7 (December 29, 2008).


Charlotte Gibson, 110

February 5, 2007 ...
Charlotte Gibson in April 2006
We are sad to report that Charlotte Gibson of the UK born April 2, 1896, died today at age 110 years, 309 days.


Valda Golling, 110

Valda Golling
Photo sourced from http://www.legacy.com.

May 4, 2016; Valda Golling was born in Minnesota, United States on February 5, 1896 and died in the same state on May 31, 2006 at the age of 110 years, 115 days.


Lina Grotta-Marinozzi, 112

Lina Grotta-Marinozzi
This photo was sourced from http://www.supercentenariditalia.it.

Lina Grotta-Marinozzi was born in Tuscany, Italy on November 22, 1896 and died in the same region on May 27, 2009 at the age of 112 years, 186 days.


Delphia Hankins, 111

Delphia Hankins, 108

May 13, 2015; Delphia Hankins was born in Mississippi, United States on July 23, 1896 and died in the same state on October 17, 2007 at age 111 years, 86 days.


Chiyono Hasegawa, 115

Chiyono Hasegawa,113 Chiyono Hasegawa, 113
May 4, 2010; Mrs. Chiyono Hasegawa was born in Japan on November 20, 1896. If you can speak Japanese, click on her photo above a short video clip taken at a ceremony to mark her becoming the oldest person in Japan (sent to us by Mr. Andrew Holmes, one of our correspondents from England).

December 2, 2011; We are sad to report that Chiyono Hasegawa passed away today at age 115 years, 12 days.


Yoshino Ide, 113

Yoshino Ide, 111
We are sad to report that Mrs. Yoshino Ide of Japan, born January 1, 1896 passed away January 28, 2009 at age 113 years, 27 days. The photo above was taken in September 2007 (when she was 111 years old).


Kou Iijima, 112

Kou Iijima

January 1, 2008; Japanese Supercentenarian Kou Iijima was born on March 25, 1896.

March 12, 2010; We are sad to report that Ms. Iijima passed away March 22, 2009 at age 112 years, 362 days.


Plazida Insausti, 110

August 16, 2007; Mr. Miguel Quesada has provided us with this photo of
Sra. Plazida Insausti at age 110
Sra. Plazida Insausti age 110, born on October 5, 1896.


September 12, 2007; We are sad to report that Plazida Insausti died today at age 110 years, 342 days.


Lillian Joelson, 111

Lillian Joelson

December 31, 2007; (Duluth News Tribune) - - A woman who spent nearly the first 100 years of her life in Duluth before moving to Chicago and living 11 more years died on Sunday. Ms. Lillian Joelson moved from Russia to the U.S. at age 13 and settled in Duluth, MN a few years later. She lived in three centuries, and for decades ran Joelson's Family Store on Fourth Street near St. Mary's Hospital. Joelson's Nephew, Richard Aleskow, said she "died of natural causes while living in a nursing home on Chicago's North side." "She wasn't sick a day. She finally just gave up," Aleskow said. "She died with a smile on her face. Maybe she knew something we didn't."

Aleskow said he believed that "at age 111, Joelson was one of the oldest people in the world." Aleskow said, "Joelson's funeral will be in Duluth, but he had not yet made the arrangements Sunday."

February 4, 2011; Lillian Joelson was finally validated today.


Helen Johnson, 111

Helen Johnson

May 13, 2015; Helen Johnson was born in Germany on July 20, 1896 and died in Oregon, United States on April 17, 2008 at age 111 years, 272 days.


Lucia Lauria-Vigna, 113

Lucia Lauria-Vigna
March 25, 2015; Lucia Lauria-Vigna was born in Pietrapertosa, Basilicata, Italy on March 4, 1896 and died in the same town on June 28, 2009 at age 113 years, 116 days.


C. Letitia Lawson, 112

Letitia Lawson, 112
March 4, 2009; We are sad to report that the 14th oldest person in the world, C. Letitia Lawson, who was born on April 10, 1896, passed away on February 22, 2009 at age, 112 years, 318 days. Click on the photo for more details.

Ref.: Tim Gallagher, "Second-Oldest Iowan Dies in Milford:Lawson, 112, Resided in Her Own Home Until Last Week" Sioux City Journal (February 24, 2009).


Bertha Lilly, 111

Bertha Lilly

January 1, 2008; We are sad to report the passing of Mrs. Bertha Lilly on December 30th at 111 years, 112 days. She was born September 9, 1896

"Bertha Lilly: 111 Years, All in Michigan, Made Her a Marvel"

by
Bill Laitner
Free Press Staff Writer

January 1, 2008; A Farmington Hills woman who died Sunday probably was Michigan's oldest person and one of the oldest in the nation. Mrs. Bertha Lilly, who lived all her life in Michigan, was 111, according to documents she left. "She is the oldest in Michigan" according to computer searches, said Ellen Kramer, 76, the youngest of Bertha Lilly's six children, only three of whom survive her.

"There are several versions that give her as 14th- or 15th-oldest in the United States and 44th in the world," said Kramer, who lives in Farmington Hills, near the assisted-living center where her mother had lived since suffering a broken hip at age 105. Other Michiganders have lived to ripe old ages, including a woman once recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest person in the world: Maud Farris-Luse was 115 when she died in 2002 in Coldwater.

But many of those who claim extreme ages lack vital records. Mrs. Lilly left valid documents, photographed by the Free Press last year, showing that she was born in 1896 not far from Durand, near Flint, MI. Although no Birth Certificate remains for Mrs. Lilly, survivors have a Birth Certificate for one daughter -- Joanna Lilly Steele, 86, of Farmington Hills -- listing her mother's age in 1921. Survivors also have Mrs. Lilly's last Driver's License, showing her age in 1985. "She didn't stop driving until she was 90 and continued to play Bridge until this year," said Daughter-in-law Dianne Lilly, 74, of Walled Lake.

She graduated in about 1918 from what is now Wayne State University, family members said. She married a doctor, Charles Lilly, in 1920. He died at age 69 in 1962. Mrs. Lilly also is survived by her Daughter Phyllis McClain, 77, of Toledo; 44 Grandchildren; 104 Great-grandchildren, and two Great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation is [3-9] PM, Wednesday at McCabe Funeral Home, 31950 West Twelve Mile in Farmington Hills. The funeral is at 10:30 AM, Thursday, at St. Fabian Catholic Church, 32200 W. Twelve Mile in Farmington Hills.


Mary Marques, 111

Mary Marques, 111

January 5, 2008; Mrs. Mary Marques was born in Portugal on February 11, 1896 and passed away on January 3, 2008 at age 111 years, 326 days. Click for details from the Boston Globe.


Yukino Matsuoka, 110

Yukino Matsuoka

January 8, 2017; Yukino Matsuoka was born in Japan on January 2, 1896 and died in Hyogo, Japan on September 28, 2006 at the age of 110 years, 269 days.


Lucille Meyer, 110

Lucille Meyer

May 13, 2015; Lucille Meyer was born in California, United States on December 30, 1896 and died in the same state on May 24, 2007 at age 110 years, 145 days.


Olga Mortrude, 110

Olga Mortrude

May 13, 2015; Olga Mortrude was born in Minnesota, United States on September 6, 1896 and died in South Dakota, United States on January 25, 2007 at age 110 years, 141 days.


Marie-Rose Mueller, 111

Marie-Rose Mueller, 110

Marie-Rose Mueller was born September 20, 1896 in France but currently lives in Connecticut.

January 12, 2011; Marie-Rose Meuller passed away on November 5, 2007 at age 111 years, 46 days.


Sukesaburo Nakanishi, 111

Aged 105:
Sukesaburo Nakanishi, 105

January 2, 2017; Sukesaburo Nakanishi was born in Japan on March 15, 1896 and died in Shiga, Japan on August 22, 2007 at the age of 111 years, 160 days.


Mago Nozawa, 111

Mago Nozawa

May 13, 2015; Mago Nozawa was born in Japan on February 9, 1896 and died in Kagoshima, Japan on September 12, 2007 at age 110 years, 215 days.


Kuni Numata, 111

Kuni Numata

January 2, 2008; Kuni Numata was born on February 16, 1896 and died on November 16, 2007. Photo courtesy of Stefan Gelow.


Chiyono Ohta, 113

Chiyono Ohta

January 2, 2008; Mrs. Chiyono Ohta was born on November 2, 1896. Photo courtesy of Stefan Gelow.

January 26, 2010; We are sad to report that Chiyono Ohta passed away yesterday, January 25th at age 113 years, 85 days.


Giichi Okumura, 110

Giichi Okumura, 107 Giichi Okumura, 110
July 9, 2012; Giichi Okumura was born in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, on October 18, 1896, but moved to Hokkaido Prefecture with his Father when he was only age 10. He passed away on October 13, 2007. The first photo was taken in 2004, while the second one was taken in 2007.


Antonio Pierro, 110

February 8, 2007; We are sad to report that the oldest American man and World War I Veteran
Mr. Antionio Pierro
Mr. Antonio Pierro of Italy and Massachusetts died today at age 110 years, 351 days.


Venere Pizzinato-Papo, 114

Venere Pizzinato-Papo, 110
March 19, 2012; Mrs. Venere Pizzinato-Papo was bon in Italy on November 23, 1896 and passed away on August 2, 2011 at age 114 years, 252 days.


Beatrice Riley, 112

January 30, 2007; We just received this photo from Robert Young of Atlanta, GA of

E. Beatrice Riley
Mrs. E. Beatrice Riley of Australia who turned 110 on October 13, 2006.

July 18, 2009; We are sad to report that Mrs. Riley died on May 15, 2009 at age 112 years, 214 days.


Berta Rosenberg, 112

Berta Rosenberg at age 100
Mrs. Berta Rosenberg at age 100. Click on the photo for her Obituary.

We are sad to report that Mrs. Berta Rosenberg born on September 5, 1896 in GERMANY passed away on January 28, 2009 in New York at age 112 years, 145 days.

Thursday, January 29, 2009 -- The woman whom researchers say was the oldest Jewish person in the world died Wednesday at age 112. Berta Rosenberg, who lived in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan, occasionally attended synagogue in Cliffside Park, where her 84-year-old daughter, Ruth Hammer, lives. "She gave from the heart and was such a good person, Hammer said. I never heard a loud tone from my Mother." Rosenberg's birth date -- September 5, 1896 - - was confirmed in 2006 by Robert Young, Senior Claims Investigator for the Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group and a Senior Consultant to Guinness World Records. "At the time of her death, Rosenberg was the worlds 19th-oldest person and the oldest Jewish person," Young said.

The former Berta Blum was born in Frankenau, GERMANY. She and her family immigrated to the United States in September 1938, two months before Kristallnacht, the Nazis' coordinated attack on Jewish people in GERMANY. "She worked as a cleaning lady in New York upon arriving in the United States and later developed a business selling housewares," her daughter said. Hammer attributed her Mother's longevity to a diet of fresh foods and the family's decision to keep her in her Washington Heights apartment, rather than a nursing home. Rosenberg was predeceased by her Husband, Moritz Rosenberg, and a Son, Theodore Rosenberg.

Ref.:

Jay Levin,"Oldest Jewish Person in the World Dies," NorthJersey.com (January 29, 2009).


Teresa Ruberto-D'Anna, 111

Teresa Ruberto-D'Anna, 111

May 13, 2015; Teresa Ruberto-D'Anna was born in Quadrelle, Campania, Italy on November 3, 1896 and died in Palma Campania, Campania, Italy on December 26, 2007 at age 111 years, 53 days.


Eunice Sanborn, 114

March 24, 2008; Following an interview with the Houston Chronicle, we received this photo of
Mrs. Eunice Sanborn, 111
Mrs. Eunice Sanborn, right, who plans to celebrate her 112th birthday in a few months. She is from of North East Texas, was born on July 20, 1896, and is now the oldest person in Texas. Click for details from the Houston Chronicle.

Mrs. Eunice Sanborn, 113
March 6, 2010; The family has sent us this photo of Eunice Sanborn of Jacksonville, TX at age 113.

April 9, 2010; With the passing of Neva Morris on April 6th, Mrs. Sanborn became the oldest American.
Eunice Sanborn
Click on her photo for a recent video clip from a local TV outlet, KYTX.

Eunice Sanborn, 114
September 26, 2010; The SRF visited Eunice Sanborn, the Oldest American at age 114, in Jacksonville, TX.

Eunice Sanborn in her youth
January 31, 2011; We are sad to report that Ms. Sanborn passed away of Congestive Heart Failure this morning at ~6:00 AM CST. Click on her photo above for more details from the Fort Hood Sentinel.


Mary Ann Scholes, 110

February 20, 2007; Robert Young sent us this B&W photo of

Mrs. Mary Ann Scoles
Mrs. Mary Ann Scoles of Manitoba Canada who turned 110 last Christmas day.

August 11, 2009
Mrs. Mary Ann Scoles
Mrs. Mary Ann Scoles born in Manitoba, Canada on December 25, 1896 passed away on July 23, 2007 at age 110 years 210 days.


Walter Seward, 111

September 15, 2008

Mr. Walter Seward, 111
Mr. Walter Seward born October 13, 1896 died September 14, 2008 at age 111 years, 337 days. He graduated from both Rutgers and Harvard Universities.


Marion Stout, 111

Marion Stout

May 13, 2015; Marion Stout was born in New York, United States on January 31, 1896 and died in Tennessee, United States on April 7, 2007 at age 111 years, 66 days.


Maria Stutz, 110

Maria Stutz, 110
January 31, 2010; Maria Stutz was born in Germany on October 22, 1896; she died in Germany on August 11, 2007.


Elsa Tilkanen, 110

Elsa Tilkanen
Photo sourced from http://www.kaleva.fi.

May 4, 2016; Elsa Tilkanen was born in Southwest Finland on September 26, 1896 and died in the same region on December 5, 2006 at the age of 110 years, 70 days. At the time of her death, she was the oldest living person in Finland.


Hisa Tokumoto, 111

Japan's Hisa Tokumoto, 111

November 27, 2007; By way of Mr. Robert Young of Atlanta, GA, one of our readers discovered this photo of Mrs. Hisa Tokumoto born on February 25, 1896 and who died today at age 111 years, 275 days. The link just below appears to be a September 2007 story about her being honored as Yamaguchi Prefecture's oldest resident on 'Respect for the Aged' day. If you can read Japanese, click for more details.


Matsu Tsuru, 111

Matsu Tsuru

May 13, 2015; Matsu Tsuru was born in Japan on February 25, 1896 and went into limbo in Fukuoka, Japan on January 1, 2008 at the age of 111.


Leona Tuttle, 111

Leona Tuttle

May 13, 2015; Leona Tuttle was born in Michigan, United States on April 13, 1896 and died in New Jersey, United States on November 23, 2007 at the age of 111 years, 224 days.


Maria Gomes Valentim, 114

Maria Gomes Velentim, 114
April 10, 2011; Dpma Maria Valentim was presumed born in BRAZIL on July 9, 1896 and currently resides on the State of Minas Gerais. Thus far, we have a 1910 document stating that she was born in 1896, and an ID Card of uncertain date. We are awaiting further information, including a Marriage Certificate, to officially validate the claimed age .

May 15, 2011; If you read Portuguese, click for more details. Note that the photo on this Brazilian website is not correct.

May 18, 2011; Maria has now been recognized as the World's Oldest Person. See Guinness World Records.

We could not have completed this case without the rigorous assistance of Prof. Cassio Turra, a professional demographer and our GRG International Correspondent from Brazil, who traveled from the capital of his state of Minas Gerais (Belo Horizonte) to Maria's small town (Carangola) by car for six hours at great personal effort to record the necessary documents in (archaic) handwritten Portuguese with the help of a local Notary Public.

Credit must also be given to Gabriel Ainsworth, who located the family contact information and informed them about applying for the GWR title by contacting the GRG to validate the claim.

This is the first time since 2005 that a sitting titleholder (Ms. Besse Cooper of Monroe, GA; USA in this case) was overturned by someone still living.

This is also the first time a Brazilian has been granted the Guinness title, despite many suspicious claims from BRAZIL in the past that were subsequently rejected as age exaggerations following careful scrutiny by GRG International Correspondents.

Dona Maria Vaentim, 114
May 20, 2011; Click on the photo above if you speak French.

A Video Clip of Dona Maria has now appeared on the Internet from Panorama TV News , if you speak Portuguese.

June 21, 2011; We are sad to report that Maria Valentim died today of Pneumonia at age 114 years, 347 days. Our International Correspondent in Brazil, Prof. Cassio M. Turra will provide more details shortly. In the mean time, if you can read Portugues, click for more details. Therefore, Ms. Besse Cooper of Monroe, GA has now regained her title as "World's Oldest Living Person."


Tsuyano Watanabe, 111

February 23, 2008; Mr. Stefan Gelow has sent us this picture of
Tsuyano Watanabe, 111
Mrs. Tsuyano Watanabe of Tokushima Prefecture who was born February 20, 1896 and died on May 14, 2007 at the age of 111 years, 83 days.


Anna Fletchock Zimmerman, 110

Anna Zimmerman
July 17, 2009; Mrs. Anna Zimmerman was born in Wisconsin on December 12, 1896 and passed away on June 9, 2007 at 110 years 179 days.


Here ends the Photo Gallery for Supercentenarians born in 1896. Click on a link below to view our Photo Gallery for Supercentenarians born in another year.