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BIOGRAPHY

Schuth was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA, on 29 July 1907, to parents Fred Leroy Proctor (1860–1934) and Margaret Sweeney. She had two younger sisters: Frances Malhiot and Alice Marion Kennedy (1918–1998). She attended Providence High School, a Catholic school in Chicago, and graduated in 1923. She worked as a stenographer until her marriage.

In 1927, she met her future husband, Otto Daniel Schuth (1905–1988), when she joined a group of friends headed to a lakeside cottage and was persuaded by him to accompany him in his boat, as she couldn’t swim. The pair married the following year and had three children together: Miriam (born 1930), Maureen (born 1935), and James “Jim” (born 1945).

Schuth learned to drive after getting married and continued to drive well into her 90s. She and her husband loved to travel, visiting places such as France, Ireland, The Philippines, Russia, and Poland. They also went to Florence, Italy, where Otto had a heart attack and was hospitalized for six weeks. Otto passed away in 1988 after 60 years of marriage. She lived on her own for the next 19 years before moving to Golden Years Retirement and Nursing Home in Walworth, Wisconsin, in 2007. At her nursing home, she enjoyed participating in prayer services, bingo, among other activities.

Schuth passed away in Walworth, Wisconsin, USA, on 21 November 2018, at the age of 111 years, 115 days. She was survived by two of her children, 9 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

RECOGNITION

Her age was verified by Stefan Maglov and Jimmy Lindberg, and validated by LongeviQuest on 23 March 2024.

ATTRIBUTION

* “Wisconsin’s oldest resident celebrates 111 years in Walworth” – Lake Geneva News, 19 November 2018

* “Hazel Schuth” – Chicago Tribune, 25 November 2018

* Hazel Proctor Schuth – Find A Grave

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