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BIOGRAPHY

Josefa San Román Mateos was born in Alba de Yeltes, Salamanca, Spain, on 1 January 1910, to parents Arturo San Román and Isidora Mateos. She spent most of her life in her birthplace, where she engaged in agriculture, working and helping in the fields. She never married, and her nephew commented that it might have been because of her strong character. According to her nephew, she always liked to read everything she could get her hands on, from books to magazines to any type of paper she found around the house. She also had a good memory.

Until she was 96 years old, she lived in her birthplace of Alba de Yeltes. At that point, her relatives moved her to a nursing home in Ciudad Rodrigo. As an elderly lady, she lost her sight, but later regained it after undergoing cataract surgery.

At the age of 110, on 30 December 2020, she received her first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, making her one of the oldest people to receive the vaccine. She received her second dose in February 2021.

Josefa San Román Mateos passed away at the Residencia Mixta de Ciudad Rodrigo in Ciudad Rodrigo, Salamanca, Castile and Leon, Spain, on 25 January 2022, at the age of 112 years, 24 days. She was survived by her younger sister, Teodomira, who was 104 at the time.

RECOGNITION

On 16 October 2021, she became the oldest living Spanish-born woman, after the death of 111-year-old Concepcion Caselles Serra.

On 18 January 2022, she became the oldest living Spanish-born person, following the death of 112-year-old Saturnino de la Fuente García.

At the time of her passing, she was the second-oldest living person in Spain, after Maria Branyas Morera.

Following her passing, Avelina Lorenzo Berián succeeded her as the oldest living person in Castile and León.

ATTRIBUTION

* “Josefa San Román, la salmantina con 110 años en tiempos del coronavirus” – La Gaceta de Salamanca, 13 April 2020

* “111 años, dos dosis de la vacuna y “tan pancha”. La historia de la “superabuela” de la provincia” – La Gaceta de Salamanca, 6 February 2021

* “Los 112 años de la ‘superabuela’ de Salamanca” – La Gaceta de Salamanca, 21 January 2022

* “Fallece la ‘superabuela’ salmantina y segunda persona más longeva de España” – La Gaceta de Salamanca, 26 January 2022

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