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BIOGRAPHY

Endres was born as Babette Weidenhammer in Bayreuth, Bavaria on 1 August 1910. She had nine siblings, most of whom lived to be nonagenarians. She married and had a daughter, Traudl. Her occupation was a clerk at Nähmaschinen-Hensel.

Endres’ husband worked as the chief inspector at DKV. He died in 1967 or thereabouts. At the age of 52, Endres had her appendix removed.

Until the age of 97, Endres would visit her daughter, her two granddaughters Birgit and Sybille, and her two great-granddaughters Nadine and Selina in Friedrichshafen, Baden-Württemberg, the journey eventually becoming too much for her. She still lived independently at the age of 107 in her parents’ home. Her daughter would visit her every six weeks.

Endres died on 12 January 2023 at the age of 112 years, 164 days. She was living in Bayreuth, but died in Friedrichshafen. After Maria Aulenbacher and the aforementioned Charlotte Kretschmann, she was the third-oldest German upon her death; she was also the 10th-oldest woman to die in Germany.

RECOGNITION

Endres was first noted for her longevity on her 100th birthday. Five years later, she was congratulated by the mayor of Bayreuth, Thomas Ebersberger. Several of her later birthdays were reported by the same newspaper, the Nordbayerischer Kurier and attended by the next mayor, Brigitte Merk-Erbe.

On 18 September 2022, following the passing of 113-year-old Anna Cernohorsky, she became the second-oldest living person in Germany, after Charlotte Kretschmann.

On 8 February 2023, following the death of Maria Aulenbacher of South Carolina, USA, she became the second-oldest living German person in the world, after Kretschmann.

Endres was the last surviving German resident born in 1910. She was also the second-oldest person ever from Baden-Württemberg, after Kretschmann.

ATTRIBUTION

* “100 Jahre und noch sehr rüstig” – Kurier, 1 August 2010

* “Lebende Geschichte: Babette Endres feiert 105. Geburtstag” – Kurier, 1 August 2015

* “107 Jahre und ein bisschen Ruhe” – Kurier, 1 August 2017

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