LongeviQuest is saddened to report the passing of Leny Mackenbach. She was born in Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands on 29 December 1912 and has recently passed away in Rotterdam at 110 years old (with reports saying she died on 7 December 2023 which has yet to be confirmed).
Following the death of 110-year-old Ebeltje Boekema-Hut on 11 June 2022, Leny Mackenbach became the oldest known living person in the Netherlands. She became the oldest known living person in the Benelux following the death of 111-year-old Magda Janssens of Belgium on 18 September 2023.
LongeviQuest is extending our deepest condolences to the bereaved family and friends of Leny Mackenbach.
LongeviQuest is saddened to report the passing of Huang Decheng. Huang Decheng (Traditional Chinese: 黃德成) was born in the Empire of Japan (now Taiwan) on 14 November 1913 (according to his ID card). He passed away in Sanhe Village, Shuishang Township, Chiayi County, Taiwan on 20 November 2023 at the age of 110 years, 6 days.
Though official records indicate 14 November 1913 as his birth date, Huang Decheng asserts to have been 2 years older. If the date of birth on the ID is correct, he was 110 years, 6 days old at the time of his passing. He explains this discrepancy by stating that his family waited to register him due to concerns about infant mortality.
LongeviQuest is pleased to announce that Montreal, Canada has a new supercentenarian. Maria Lacasse has recently celebrated her 110th birthday, surrounded by her family and friends. It was shared that Lacasse is confident that she will blow out the candles not only for her 111th birthday but also for her 112th. Despite her impressive age, she has not lost any of her lucidity.
Maria Lacasse was born in Chertsey, Lanaudière, Canada on 4 December 1913. Lacasse’s caretakers describe her as a joy to work with, always smiling and eager to help, despite the demanding nature of their job. They spend almost more time with her than with their own families. Lacasse surprisingly claims that her bad temper is actually the key to her long life. To live a long time, she says, you need to be “uncomfortable.”
LongeviQuest is delighted to announce that Campania, Italy’s second-oldest living woman turned 110. Zappone celebrated her birthday by achieving a new milestone: becoming the 22nd longest-lived woman in Italy. On her special day, Zappone was surrounded by loved ones and well-wishers from the community. Mayor Ruggiero spoke movingly, noting that her 110 candles represent the deep affection held for the elderly. He extended a special wish to this “beautiful lady,” who continues to share her wisdom and values.
Vittoria Zappone was born in Mirabella Eclano, Avellino, Campania Region, Italy on 4 December 1913. She was a former seamstress, a wife, and a mother to two children. She continues to share the warmth of family and the enduring wisdom gleaned from a life well lived.
LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Alfonso María Rojas Perdomo at 110 years old. He is the first Colombian supercentenarian from the Department of Huila whose age has been validated.
Alfonso was born on 31 May 1913 in Palermo, Huila, Colombia.
His family was forced to relocate to the Vereda “La Primavera” in Santa Maria, Huila, to avoid the violent conflict between the liberal and conservative parties of the Colombian politics. There, he acquired rural land with his brother and focused on agricultural and livestock work.
Alfonso was married on 12 May 1951 to María Luz Dussán Mejía and had eight children with her.
At age 110, he is in good health and remains lucid. He is currently residing in Santa Maria, Huila, Colombia.
For more information, please visit Alfonso María Rojas Perdomo’s Directory Profile here.
LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Aiko Ōkubo at 110 years old. She was a Japanese supercentenarian born on 28 January 1913 in Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan.
In 1934, she was married to a technical civil engineering officer from the Ministry of Home Affairs (now the Home Ministry of Japan). She had four children with him.
In 1938, the family travelled across the sea to live in Manchuria, Northeastern China, which was a puppet state of the Japanese empire. Aside from enduring extreme temperatures during winter, the family also had to endure too many hardships such as their 20 km walk to Dashiqiao. They even got bundled into a freight train going north wherein they jump off the train because they don’t know where they are going. After a long, perilous journey in China, the family managed to get into a boat bound for Japan. They arrived at Maizuru City, Kyoto Prefecture, in June 1946.
Aiko tried to return to her hometown in Mito but found it completely burned down. On the other hand, her husband’s family was safe and unharmed, and so he inherited his family’s construction business.
Aiko travelled around Japan to visit nursing homes and give talks about her experiences. She would also play her Nagoya harp for them. Aiko did this until she was 104 years old.
Mrs. Ōkubo was proud that she was able to raise fine and well-rounded children despite the hardships that they had to go through in China. One became a university professor, the other became a doctor, and the third managed a private elderly care facility.
Mrs. Ōkubo passed away on 22 September 2023 in Mito City, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan.
For more information, please visit Aiko Ōkubo’s Directory Profile here.
LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Nobue Tanaka of Japan at age 110. She was born in Japan on 27 March 1912. In September 2021, she was reported as the oldest living person in Fukui Prefecture.
Nobue Tanaka passed away in Tsuruga City, Fukui Prefecture, Japan, on 17 February 2023, at the age of 110 years, 327 days.
LongeviQuest congratulates Nobue Tanaka’s family on her posthumous recognition.
For more information, please view Tanaka’s Directory Profile here.
Klavdiya was born on 5 December 1910 (despite claiming it was 24 November 1909) in the village of Norskoye, Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia. Her validation type is classified as low-level classification so LongeviQuest is yet to acknowledge her age validation.
At the young age of 15, she started working at a spinning factory as an auxiliary worker. She then dedicated her career to this establishment by progressing into the roles of a spinner, assistant foreman, and production leader.
At some point in her life, she married Sergey Petrovich and had five children with him. Her eldest son was born right after the beginning of World War II while her youngest was born in 1945.
When asked about her secret for having a long life, she would say “You have to work and treat everyone kindly.”
Klavdiya is currently staying in Yaroslavl, Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia.
For more information, please visit Klavdiya Gadyuchkina’s Directory Profile here.
LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Lottie Sullivan at 110 years old.
She was an American supercentenarian born on 8 March 1909 in Denson Springs, Anderson County, Texas, USA.
She was raised in Denson Springs, but later moved to Beulah, Texas, when she was in the second grade.
In 1928, Lottie was married to Adam Sullivan with whom she had four children with. Adam was a teacher who later joined the ranks of uniformed personnels before she became a colonel after his retirement.
Mrs. Sullivan passed away on 28 October 2019 in Carthage, Texas, USA.
For more information, please visit Lottie Sullivan’s Directory Profile here.
LongeviQuest is pleased to share the age validation of Hisayo Nobuyasu at 110 years old.
She is a Japanese supercentenarian born on 5 March 1913 in Japan.
On 16 September 2023, she became the oldest living person in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan, after Tokie Nakayama passed away.
Hisayo currently resides in Sera, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan.
For more information, please visit Hisayo Nobuyasu’s Directory Profile here.