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BIOGRAPHY

Zieg was born in North Side in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, on 12 November 1872. Her parents were German immigrants.

Her husband Edward passed away in 1941. Prior to moving into a nursing home, she had worked part-time in Glenshaw Presbyterian Church’s housekeeping department.

At the age of 102, when asked about her ambition, she stated that she wanted to live to be 103. On her 108th birthday, she was interviewed on the “Good Morning, America” television show, and when asked about the secret of her longevity, she said, “Well, I eat jelly bread sandwiches. Smucker’s makes the best.” It was reported she stood less than 5 feet tall. She was a member of Glenshaw Presbyterian Church since 1930. She was a member of the ladies auxiliary of Undercliff Volunteer Fire Co.

Zieg passed away of natural causes in the Presbyterian Home in Oakmont, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA, on 1 December 1984. She was survived by two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

RECOGNITION

On 30 April 1984, at the age of 111 years, 170 days, she surpassed the final age of Martha Brown (1858–1969), becoming the oldest person to ever live in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. She subsequently became the first person in the state to reach the age of 112. She held the title until her own final age was not surpassed by Florence Knapp on 30 October 1985.

Following her death, she was succeeded as Pennsylvania’s oldest living person by Ida Turner.

ATTRIBUTION

* “Celebrating her 106th birthday” – The Pittsburgh Press, 12 November 1978

* “109 years old” – The Pittsburgh Press, 13 November 1981

* “Her staff on life” – The Pittsburgh Press, 12 November 1982

* “ ‘Grandma Zieg’ dies at 112 in Oakmont nursing home” – The Pittsburgh Press, 3 December 1984

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