LongeviQuest is pleased to announce that Montreal, Canada has a new supercentenarian. Maria Lacasse has recently celebrated her 110th birthday, surrounded by her family and friends. It was shared that Lacasse is confident that she will blow out the candles not only for her 111th birthday but also for her 112th. Despite her impressive age, she has not lost any of her lucidity.

Maria Lacasse 110th Birthday Celebration
(Source: https://www.tvanouvelles.ca/2023/12/04/elle-celebre-son-110e-anniversaire-et-revele-le-secret-de-sa-longevite)

Maria Lacasse was born in Chertsey, Lanaudière, Canada on 4 December 1913. Lacasse’s caretakers describe her as a joy to work with, always smiling and eager to help, despite the demanding nature of their job. They spend almost more time with her than with their own families. Lacasse surprisingly claims that her bad temper is actually the key to her long life. To live a long time, she says, you need to be “uncomfortable.”

LongeviQuest is delighted to announce that Campania, Italy’s second-oldest living woman turned 110. Zappone celebrated her birthday by achieving a new milestone: becoming the 22nd longest-lived woman in Italy. On her special day, Zappone was surrounded by loved ones and well-wishers from the community. Mayor Ruggiero spoke movingly, noting that her 110 candles represent the deep affection held for the elderly. He extended a special wish to this “beautiful lady,” who continues to share her wisdom and values.

Vittoria Zappone’s 110th Birthday Celebration
(Source: https://www.irpinianews.it/nonna-vittoria-di-mirabella-eclano-compie-110-anni/)

Vittoria Zappone was born in Mirabella Eclano, Avellino, Campania Region, Italy on 4 December 1913. She was a former seamstress, a wife, and a mother to two children. She continues to share the warmth of family and the enduring wisdom gleaned from a life well lived.

LongeviQuest is delighted to announce that Germany’s oldest person ever turned 114 years old. Charlotte Kretschmann celebrated her milestone surrounded by friends and family on 3 December 2023. She holds the record as the oldest person ever to have resided in Germany.

Charlotte Kretschmann’s 114th birthday celebration
(Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/C0ZdW0Kr_d2/)

Charlotte Kretschmann was born in Wrocław, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, Poland (then German Empire) on 3 December 1909. She developed a passion for athletics during her youth. Through her involvement in an athletics club, she met her future husband. They married and had a daughter. With the outbreak of World War II, her husband was deployed to France as a soldier, while Kretschmann sought refuge westward with their daughter. Following the war’s end, the Red Cross facilitated the couple’s reunion, and they settled in Stuttgart.

Kretschmann maintained her independence well into her centennial years. However, in 2014, after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage, she transitioned to a nursing home. Despite her advanced age, Kretschmann remained an avid reader, enjoyed a glass of red wine with her meals, and had a sweet tooth for chocolate. She attributes her longevity to a combination of vigorous exercise (even during winter) and a happy childhood.

Kretschmann became the oldest living person in Germany on 18 September 2022, following the death of 113-year-old Anna Cernohorsky. On 8 February 2023, following the death of Maria Aulenbacher of South Carolina, USA, Kretschmann became the oldest living German person in the world. On 8 August 2023, she surpassed the final age of Josefine Ollmann, becoming the oldest person to ever live in Germany.

For more information, please view Kretschmann’s Directory Profile here.

LongeviQuest is delighted to announce that Mrs. Francisca Moreno Díaz, the oldest known living resident of the Mexican state of Yucatán, celebrated her 110th birthday on December 3rd.

Mrs. Moreno Díaz was born at the Hacienda de Balancán, near Sitilpech in the municipality of Izamal, Yucatán, Mexico, on 3 December 1913. At some point, she married Andrés Sierra Padrón, and the couple had five children.

LongeviQuest extends its congratulations to her on reaching this significant milestone. We would also like to express our gratitude to her family for generously sharing the pictures from the event.

LongeviQuest is delighted to announce that Mrs. Kane Toriba, the oldest living resident of Fukaya, Japan, celebrated her 112th birthday on December 4th. LongeviQuest has sent Kane Toriba congratulatory flowers and letters to celebrate her milestone. In September 2018, she was reported as the oldest living person in Fukaya, Saitama Prefecture.

Celebratory flowers and greetings for her 112th birthday.

Toriba was born in Fukaya, Saitama Prefecture, Japan on 4 December 1911. After finishing elementary school, she dedicated several years to assisting her parents on their farm. Later, she fell in love and married her husband. The couple subsequently had five children.

Her daily routine includes morning calf massages with a massager, newspaper reading, attending a daycare service four times a week, and a 15-minute footbath before bed to warm her legs. This routine, organized by her son to improve blood circulation in her legs, has been her practice for 20 years. At 109, she was hospitalized four times in a year due to cholecystitis but made a full recovery after each month-long stay and has not had another episode since. Despite her age, she remains active and doesn’t take naps. She spends her days sitting in a wheelchair and even reads the newspaper without glasses every morning. She is in such good physical condition that, at the age of 112, she was able to go on an overnight trip with her children to a hot spring inn about a 30-minute drive away.

For more information, please view Mrs. Toriba’s Directory Profile here.

LongeviQuest is pleased to share that Masa Matsumoto turns 114 years old. She is a Japanese supercentenarian known as the oldest living person in Kanagawa Prefecture.  

Mrs. Matsumoto celebrated her 114th birthday on 29 November 2023 by meeting with her family. She received a stuffed bunny prepared by her great-grandchildren. At the celebration, she had several conversations with her family as she was feeling well and awake.

Masa Matsumoto at 114
Masa Matsumoto at 114

Mrs. Matsumoto even got excited at the news of seeing her granddaughter at the end of the year, as reported by her daughter. She exclaimed, “I’m so happy!” after hearing the news.  

Her family was also impressed by the 38 messages sent from all over the world congratulating Mrs. Matsumoto’s birthday celebration.

LongeviQuest Japan presented Mrs. Matsumoto with a plaque and a Phalaenopsis orchid.
LongeviQuest Japan presented Mrs. Matsumoto with a plaque and a Phalaenopsis orchid.

On 1 October 2023, LongeviQuest had the honor of visiting Mrs. Matsumoto to celebrate her longevity together with her family. At that time, LQ presented her with a plaque to certify her as the oldest living person in Kanagawa Prefecture. The plaque even came with a Phalaenopsis orchid which she remarked “It’s beautiful.”  

Masa Matsumoto was born on 29 November 1909 in Kōnan-cho, Kōka District (now part of the city of Kōka), Shiga Prefecture, Japan. She currently resides in a nursing home in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.  

LongeviQuest sends our warmest greetings for Mrs. Matsumoto’s 114th birthday celebration.   

For more information, please visit Masa Matsumoto’s Directory Profile here. 

LongeviQuest is delighted to share that Klavdiya Gadyuchkina celebrated her claimed 114th birthday. She is a Russian supercentenarian validated by the European Supercentenarian Organisation. 

Klavdiya was born on 5 December 1910 (despite claiming it was 24 November 1909) in the village of Norskoye, Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia. Her validation type is classified as low-level classification so LongeviQuest is yet to acknowledge her age validation.

At the young age of 15, she started working at a spinning factory as an auxiliary worker. She then dedicated her career to this establishment by progressing into the roles of a spinner, assistant foreman, and production leader.

Undated photo from her early life. source: Gerontology Wiki

At some point in her life, she married Sergey Petrovich and had five children with him. Her eldest son was born right after the beginning of World War II while her youngest was born in 1945.  

When asked about her secret for having a long life, she would say “You have to work and treat everyone kindly.”

Klavdiya is currently staying in Yaroslavl, Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia. 

For more information, please visit Klavdiya Gadyuchkina’s Directory Profile here. 


LongeviQuest is delighted to share the 112th birthday celebration of Helene Sandvig. She is an American supercentenarian currently known as the second-oldest living person in North Dakota.  

The party was held inside Bethany Retirement Living’s Chapel, and it was packed with friends who were reminiscing about Helene’s life and how she used to be the biggest chatterbox.  

Helene was born on 25 November 1911 on a farm near Chaffee, Cass County, North Dakota, USA.

Helene Sandvig at Valley News Live at 10:00PM KVLY - VOD
Helene Sandvig at Valley News Live at 10:00PM KVLY – VOD

After graduating from high school, she got her teaching certificate from Valley City State Teachers College. She was already teaching at the age of 19 while also picking up her students in a horse and buggy.  

In 1938, she married Edwin Sandvig and had no children with him. However, the couple fostered several children. After the marriage, she gave up her teaching career, and the couple focused on farming.  

In 2013, she moved into a nursing home at the age of 101. Helene currently lives in Fargo, North Dakota, USA.  

For more information, please visit Helene Sandvig’s Directory Profile here. 

LongeviQuest is delighted to announce that Idaho’s oldest known living person turned 111 years old. Sally Ashman’s family celebrated her milestone with a lobster dinner. She is currently the oldest known living person in the U.S. state of Idaho.

On her 110th birthday in 2022. (Source: The Tribune-Democrat)
On her 110th birthday in 2022.
(Source: The Tribune-Democrat)

Sally Ashman was born into a prominent family in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, on November 23, 1912. Her grandfather owned a significant portion of the land before development, and her father served as the first president of Johnstown Bank and Trust. Ashman excelled in her studies, graduating as valedictorian from both Cochran Junior High School and Johnstown High School. Her academic achievements continued at Bryn Mawr College, where she earned a cum laude degree in 1934.

Ashman got married in 1936, and the couple had three children. Her husband would later become the head administrator of Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital. While her husband dedicated his career to the medical facility, Ashman devoted many years to volunteering there.

Ashman remained independent until she turned 100. She lived in Florida full-time until 2012, when she relocated to Idaho Falls, Idaho, to live with her daughter.

For more information, please view Sally Ashman’s Directory Profile here.

LongeviQuest is pleased to share that Lucia Laura Sangenito turns 113 years old. She is an Italian supercentenarian known as the second-oldest living person in the country. 

Lucia was born on 22 November 1910 in Sturno, Campania, Italy. 

At some point in her life, she got married and had two children. Unfortunately, her husband passed away in 2010. 

Lucia Laura at 113 years old
Lucia Laura at 113 years old. Retrieved from: https://bit.ly/3uzi2AZ

When she was 107 years old, she fell and fractured her femur resulting in a delicate surgery. At the age of 110, she already has two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 

LongeviQuest sends our warmest greetings for Laura’s 113th birthday celebration. 

For more information, please visit Lucia Laura Sangenito’s Directory Profile here.