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BIOGRAPHY

Oeser was born in Reutlingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, on 24 June 1905. Her father, a director of Reutlingen’s gas and waterworks, died when she was four years old. Because of World War I and the absence of her father, she was raised in poverty and frugality as the youngest of five siblings. Subsequently, she worked at a local finance office.

In 1935, she married Werner Oeser, an engineer. They resided in North Rhine-Westphalia for nearly 10 years. After World War II, her husband was appointed as a professor of engineering sciences. The couple had two daughters named Heide and Lieselotte. In 1962, the family relocated to Pfullingen. The family was able to travel extensively. They visited Tunisia, China, Uzbekistan, Egypt three times, and Tenerife 15 times. Oeser even celebrated her 100th birthday in Tenerife. She became a widow in 1988.

In 2010, Oeser was reported to have used an exercise bicycle for training, covering two kilometers a day. When she turned 109, she received a tricot from her favorite soccer club FC Bayern Munich and predicted that Germany would not win the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Despite being a soccer fan for decades, Oeser’s prediction proved wrong. On her 110th birthday, she was reported to have used the local bus to visit Pfullingen’s downtown and the marketplace. Reportedly, she was still living in her own house with her daughter Lieselotte and son-inlaw.

Oeser passed away in Pfullingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, on 13 March 2016, at the age of 110 years, 263 days.

RECOGNITION

Upon the passing of Else Ronsch on 5 October 2015, she became the oldest living person in Germany at the age of 110 years, 103 days. Additionally, she was the first person since Elisabeth Schneider to become Germany’s oldest inhabitant at the age of 110.

ATTRIBUTION

* “Täglich auf den Heimtrainer” – Reutlinger General-Anzeiger, 24 June 2010

* “109. Geburtstag im Fußball-Trikot” – Reutlinger General-Anzeiger, 25 June 2014

* “Froh, freundlich, gelassen” – Reutlinger Nachrichten, 25 June 2015

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