LongeviQuest is saddened to report the passing of Katsuko Tago. She was born in Ōmachi, Nagano Prefecture, Japan on 28 March 1910 and passed away in Higashimurayama, Tokyo, Japan on 1 December 2023 at 113 years, 248 days. At the time of her death, Tago was the oldest living person in Tokyo, Japan.

In January 2022, aged 111. (Source: Courtesy of the family)
In January 2022, aged 111.
(Source: Courtesy of the family)

Katsuko Tago assisted her father in running a kimono shop for several years before relocating to Tokyo. In Tokyo, she got married, and the couple had seven children. Tago played the role of a supportive housewife while her husband pursued a career as a bank branch manager.

Tago maintained an active lifestyle for over 90 years. She participated in a monthly doll-making class in her hometown. She continued expressing her creativity through crafting dolls and carving wood until the age of 103. Unfortunately, a femur fracture required her to undergo surgery. She persevered and regained her ability to walk through rehabilitation. However, two years later, another fracture led her to receive care in a nursing home.

Tago believed that her favorite strawberry-flavored chocolate was the secret to her longevity, and she ate it every day.
Her family and nursing home staff said that she lived her life with her ideas and opinions and always made all her daily decisions on her own. Until she was about 110 years old, she called her family every day to update them on what was happening at her nursing home.

Mrs. Tago’s sad news was directly confirmed through her family.

LongeviQuest is extending our deepest condolences to the bereaved family and friends of Mrs. Katsuko Tago.

LongeviQuest is delighted to share that Klavdiya Gadyuchkina celebrated her claimed 114th birthday. She is a Russian supercentenarian validated by the European Supercentenarian Organisation. 

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.

Undated photo from her early life. source: Gerontology Wiki

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 share that Lucia Laura Sangenito turns 113 years old. She is an Italian supercentenarian known as the second-oldest living person in the country. 

Lucia was born on 22 November 1910 in Sturno, Campania, Italy. 

At some point in her life, she got married and had two children. Unfortunately, her husband passed away in 2010. 

Lucia Laura at 113 years old
Lucia Laura at 113 years old. Retrieved from: https://bit.ly/3uzi2AZ

When she was 107 years old, she fell and fractured her femur resulting in a delicate surgery. At the age of 110, she already has two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 

LongeviQuest sends our warmest greetings for Laura’s 113th birthday celebration. 

For more information, please visit Lucia Laura Sangenito’s Directory Profile here. 

The oldest living Italian woman, Domenica Ercolani, passed away in Pesaro in the region of Marche, on 17 November 2023, at the age of 113.

Born in Urbino, Marche, Italy, on 3 July 1910, she got married at some point and raised her children as a housewife while her husband worked a station manager.

On 7 May 2022, she became the oldest known living person in Italy, succeeding Angela Tiraboschi upon her passing. Subsequently, she became the oldest person ever to reside in the region of Marche. At the time of her passing, she was sixth-oldest living person in Europe and was the 12th-oldest person ever to pass away in Italy.

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

LongeviQuest is delighted to report that Claudia Baccarini, the second-oldest known living person in Italy and the oldest woman in the Emilia Romagna region, celebrated her 113th birthday on 13 October 2023. She celebrated along with her huge family with her 10 children in her house in Faenza.

On her 112th birthday in 2022. (Source: Gerontology Wiki)
On her 112th birthday in 2022.
(Source: Gerontology Wiki)

Claudia Baccarini was born in Faenza, Emilia-Romagna, Italy on 13 October 1910. She lived through epochal events such as 2 world wars, an economic crisis, and the COVID global pandemic. Her age has been validated by the European Supercentenarian Organisation (ESO) on 28 March 2021.

Baccarini currently lives in Faenza, Emilia-Romagna, Italy.

For more information, please view Claudia Baccarini’s Directory Profile here.

Longeviquest is delighted to report that Silveria Martín Díaz of Spain was recently recognized as the oldest person ever born in Extremadura at 113 years old. She was born in Talavera la Vieja in Cáceres Municipality, Extremadura, Spain on 20 June 1910. She was a wife and a mother to 5 children.

Silveria Martín Díaz recognized as the oldest person in the entire history of Extremadura
(Source: https://www.facebook.com/centenarios.extremen)

The family lived in Talavera la Vieja until it was flooded in 1963. When the town was flooded, the inhabitants were resettled in various towns. The Diaz family spent a year in Rosalejo, the municipality where 80% of Talavera’s residents settled. Later, they emigrated to France for work.

At the age of 109, Díaz fell and broke her femur, requiring surgery. As of September 2019, she had three living children (Leo, aged 73; Maria Andrea, aged 86; and Anastasio, aged 81), 18 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Martín Díaz currently lives in Villanueva de la Vera, Extremadura, Spain.

In June 2022, on her 112th birthday. (Source: Diario de Sevilla)
In June 2022, on her 112th birthday.
(Source: Diario de Sevilla)

Following the death of 112-year-old Josefa San Román Mateos on 25 January 2022, she became the second-oldest living person in Spain (after María Branyas Morera).  Díaz also became the oldest living Spanish-born person (since Branyas Morera was born in the US).

On 17 June 2023, at her 113th birthday party and three days before her actual birthday, she was visited by LongeviQuest Spain Researcher, Daniel Germán Delgado. He presented her with a plaque certifying her recognition by LongeviQuest as Extremadura’s oldest living person. He also presented a plaque for her eldest living daughter, not in attendance, recognizing her status as the oldest living child of a living parent in Spain.

On 7 August 2023, at the age of 113 years, 48 days, she surpassed the final age of Francisco Núñez Olivera. She became the oldest person to live or pass away in the autonomous community of Extremadura. On 5 October, at 113 years, 107 days, she surpassed the final age of Josefa Santos González (1906–2019), becoming the oldest person ever born in Extremadura.

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

LongeviQuest is delighted to announce the age validation of Melville Williams at 111 years old. He was a Barbadian supercentenarian known as the oldest living man in the country at the time of his death.

Melville Williams was born on 21 February 1910 in Lonesome Hill, Saint Peter, Barbados.

He learned to trade at a very young age and became the apprentice of his father’s chief assistants. Eventually, he also became his skilled saddler father’s most dexterous worker. Williams then found a job at every saddle plantation in St. Andrew, St. Lucy, and St. Peter. This made him an accomplished saddler and entrepreneur who was able to craft saddles and harnesses for various purposes.

Mr. Williams married three times and had a total of nine children from them. Unfortunately, he outlived all of his three wives.

On his 111th birthday. (Source: The Nation Barbados)
On his 111th birthday.
(Source: The Nation Barbados)

As an adult, he moved to the United States and served in the US Army while residing in New York and Pennsylvania. After his retirement to the service, he lived in Seattle before returning to his hometown in Barbados. Upon returning to Lonesome Hill, he shared his knowledge and skills by instructing the art of crafting saddles and other horse-related apparel.

In July 2021, Hurricane Elsa damaged his house and broke its roof, so he had to relocate for a while. After repairing the lost roof, he came back to his house only to pass away a few hours after. He was 111 years and 150 days old at the time of his death.

For more information, please visit Melville Williams’ Directory Profile here.

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Katsuko Tago of Japan at age 113. She was born in Ōmachi, Nagano Prefecture, Japan on 28 March 1910, as the eldest of 10 siblings. Tago is currently the oldest known living person in Tokyo and one of the ten oldest known living residents in Japan. She was also a wife and a mother to 7 children.

In January 2022, aged 111. (Source: Courtesy of the family)
In January 2022, aged 111.
(Source: Courtesy of the family)

Tago was a lifelong learner and creative spirit. She attended a doll-making class in her hometown in Nagano every month until she was around 90 years old. She continued to make Kimekomi dolls and even carve wooden objects like skunk cabbage until she was around 103 years old. However, at that age, Tago suffered a femur fracture and underwent surgery. She regained her ability to walk with the help of rehabilitation, but two years later, she experienced another fracture and began receiving care in a nursing home.

Before moving into the nursing home, she had dealt with diabetes and high blood pressure, but with proper healthcare at the facility, her health improved. Up until the age of about 110, she remained in close contact with her family, sharing details of life at the nursing home. At the age of 113, she occasionally engaged in activities like folding laundry alongside other residents and managed to maneuver her wheelchair to the cafeteria to enjoy her meals. She attributed her long life to her daily practice of enjoying strawberry-flavored chocolate. Her family believes that her determination and independent thinking are also contributing factors to her longevity.

For more information, please view Katsuko Tago’s Directory Profile here.

LongeviQuest is pleased to share that Naomi Whitehead, the 5th oldest living American, turns 113 years old. She is an American supercentenarian who is also recognized as the oldest living person in Pennsylvania, USA.

Naomi celebrated her 113th birthday at St. Paul’s Senior Living Community in West Salem Township. During this time, she can still remember her early days with a little help from her grandchildren. “I was born on a Georgia Farm,” Whitehead said. “I picked cotton and tobacco.” She even remembered the horses on the farm which were still the main mode of transportation. She said, “I was afraid of getting kicked by them.”

Dan Whitehead talks with his grandmother, Namoi Whitehead, at St. Paul’s Senior Living Community in West Salem Township. She celebrated her 113th birthday on Tuesday.
Dan Whitehead talks with his grandmother, Namoi Whitehead, at St. Paul’s Senior Living Community in West Salem Township. She celebrated her 113th birthday on Tuesday.
Retrieved from: https://longevi.quest/46CLxzT

Naomi Whitehead was born on 26 September 1910 in Georgia, United States. She married Sylvester Whitehead and had three sons with him. Unfortunately, she outlived all of her children and when her last surviving son died in 2011, she resided in Sharon, Pennsylvania.

She is currently living at St. Paul’s Senior Living Community in Greenville, Pennsylvania, USA.

LongeviQuest extends our warmest greetings to Mrs. Naomi Whitehead for celebrating her 113th birthday.

For more information, please visit Naomi Whitehead’s Directory Profile here.

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Fujiko Mihara at 112 years old. She is a Japanese supercentenarian recognized as the current oldest living person in Ehime Prefecture.

Fujiko Mihara was born in Japan on 13 December 1910.

In September 2022, it was reported that she was the oldest living person in the prefecture.

Fujiko is currently residing in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, Japan.

For more information, please visit Fujiko Mihara’s Directory Profile here.