It is with a heavy heart for LongeviQuest to report that Edie Ceccarelli passed away at 116. At the time of her passing, she was the oldest living person in the United States, as well as the second-oldest living person in the world. 

Edie Ceccarelli recently marked her birthday on February 5, 2024, despite challenging weather conditions. The local police and fire officials led her birthday parade, which has now become a yearly event. Ceccarelli also held the record as the oldest person to have ever lived in the U.S. state of California.

On her 114th birthday. source: Gerontology Wiki

Ceccarelli was born on February 5, 1908, in Willits, California, USA. She was the eldest of seven children to Italian immigrants Agostino Recagno (1874–1965) and Maria Petronavi (1881–1973). 

At 108 years old, she credited her long life to not smoking or drinking, except for a glass of wine at dinner, staying away from arguments, being truthful, putting in effort, and finding joy in small moments. 

Edie Ceccarelli passed away in Willits, California, USA, on 22 February 2024, aged 116 years, 17 days. 

LongeviQuest sends our deepest condolences to the bereaved family and friends of Mrs. Ceccarelli. 

For more information, please view Edie Ceccarelli’s Directory Profile here. 

LongeviQuest is delighted to announce that the USA’s oldest known living person turned 116 years old. Edie Ceccarelli’s hometown of Willits celebrated his birthday despite rough weather. Her birthday parade was led by local police and fire officials. This celebration has become an annual tradition. Ceccarelli is currently the oldest living person in the United States and California’s all-time longevity record-holder. Furthermore, she is the second-oldest living person in the world.

On her 100th birthday. source: Gerontology Wiki

Edie Ceccarelli was born on 5 February 1908 in Willits, California, USA. In 1927, she graduated from Willits Union High School. She got married in November 1933 and the couple moved to Santa Rosa, California. Her husband worked as a pressman for the Santa Rosa Democrat.

Ceccarelli is currently residing in Willits, California, USA. She was living in her own home until she was 107 years old. After that, she moved into a senior living facility.

On 14 July 2023, Ceccarelli surpassed Gertrude Baines’ final age. She then became the oldest woman to have ever lived in California.

On 16 October 2023, at the age of 115 years, 253 days, she surpassed the final age of Christian Mortensen, becoming the oldest person to have ever lived in the U.S. state of California.

On 12 December 2023, following the death of 116-year-old Fusa Tatsumi of Japan, Ceccarelli assumed the position of the second-oldest living person, only behind  María Branyas Morera.

For more information, please view Edie Ceccarelli’s Directory Profile here.

 

Fusa Tatsumi, the world’s second-oldest living person and the oldest living person in Japan, passed away at the nursing home in Kashiwara City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan, on the morning of December 12. At the time of her passing, she was 116 years, 231 days.

At the age of 115.
(Source: Courtesy of the family)

Mrs. Tatsumi was born in Yao City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan on 25 April 1907. At the age of 32, she got married. During her life, she worked in a family orchard (growing peaches, plums, and grapes) until her husband passed away when she was about 55 years old.

Mrs. Tatsumi became the oldest living person in Japan and Asia, following the passing of Mrs. Kane Tanaka on 19 April 2022. Following the passing of Lucile Randon of France on 17 February 2023, she became the second-oldest living person in the world, after María Branyas Morera.

The LongeviQuest team had the privilege of meeting Mrs. Tatsumi in April as she celebrated her remarkable 116th birthday. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Mrs. Tatsumi during this difficult time.

María Branyas Morera, the oldest validated living person in the world, became the oldest person ever in the entire history of Spain.

Sra. Branyas Morera became the oldest person in the history of Spain after surpassing the age of the previous record holder of Mrs. Ana María Vela Rubio on 21 April 2023, at the age of 116 years and 48 days.

Maria lives her daily life at her residence in Santa Maria del Tura in the city of Olot, Catalonia, Spain.

Branyas expresses that while she doesn’t feel anything special about the record of being the oldest living person in the world or the oldest person ever in the history of Spain because she only feels “older”, she appreciates the fact of continuing to live, and enjoy life in a healthy way.

The LongeviQuest team visited Fusa Tatsumi-san on her 116th birthday on April 25, 2023. We met her and her family at her nursing home Hakutou in Kashiwara City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan.

The CEO and director of LongeviQuest; Mr. Ben Meyers, Commissioner and President of LQ Japan; Mrs. Yumi Yamamoto, and the Commissioner and President of LQ América; Mr. Fabrizio Villatoro, and  Jack Steer visited Fusa Tatsumi-san on behalf of the organization. We had a pleasant visit with the mayor of the Kashiwara City; Mr. Masahiro Fuke, the nursing home staff, Tatsumi-san’s family members and Tatsumi-san herself. Fusa Tatsumi was very calm, but active at hearing about those who speaks to her.

Tatsumi’s relatives were very welcoming to the LongeviQuest team. We congratulated and celebrated her longevity by giving her flowers, a beautiful cake with decorations that represents the longevity in Japan, a plaque of her incredible longevity about being the oldest living person in Japan, and the birthday wishes of many fans and researchers who congratulated and sent to her.

LongeviQuest deeply thanks and appreciates the nursing home staff and Fusa Tatsumi’s family to give us permission to visit her, it was an honor to all of us.

We deeply appreciate and thank to our photographer Mrs. Akane Matsumoto for the beautiful photos.

Kashiwara, Osaka Prefecture, Japan – Fusa Tatsumi, Japan’s oldest living person, has reached the age of 116.  Mrs. Tatsumi became the oldest person in Japan in April 2022 following the death of Kane Tanaka (119 years old).  According to the LongeviQuest world ranking, Mrs. Tatsumi is currently the second oldest person in the world.  She is the seventh Japanese person to verifiably reach the age of 116, and only the 27th person in human history to do so.  Additionally, she is presently the 27th longest-lived person in human history.

Mrs. Tatsumi was honored today at her birthday party held at Hakuto, a special nursing home for the elderly.  LongeviQuest representatives including CEO Ben Meyers, LongeviQuest Japan President Yumi Yamamoto, and Global Validation Commissioner Fabrizio Villatoro attended the ceremony and presented Mrs. Tatsumi with a plaque honoring her status as Japan’s oldest living person, as well as a bouquet of flowers, a cake, and congratulations from over 75 well-wishers from 15 countries across the world.  The party was also attended by Japanese government officials, including the Mayor of Kashiwara, Mr. Masahiro Fuke, and representatives from the prefectural government.  According to her son, Kanji, Mrs. Tatsumi enjoyed the ceremony.

Mrs. Tatsumi was born in Yao City, Osaka Prefecture in 1907 (Meiji 40) as the second daughter of six children.  Before getting married, she obtained a diploma after studying flower arrangements and tea ceremony preparation.  At the age of 32, she married a farmer who grew peaches and grapes, and she worked in farming for 25 years.  Her love for gardening continued; until she entered a nursing home at the age of 106, she grew chrysanthemums at home as a hobby.  According to her eldest son, Kanji, Mrs. Tatsumi is a methodical and hard worker who has lived a regular life for many years.  He says that working in the orchard may have contributed to her longevity.

Click here for additional photos from our visit to Tatsumi-san.