LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Chūzō Komatsu of Japan at age 110. He was born in Akita Prefecture, Japan on 7 April 1911. Chūzō Komatsu lived a long and active life. He married at 21 and raised five children. He escaped military service due to a childhood accident. Farming remained his passion until his 103rd year, contributing to his remarkable health and longevity. He watched his family grow, welcoming nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren before his wife’s passing in 2009. By 2011, he lived with three generations under one roof, celebrating his 100th birthday with a visit from the mayor and a prophetic prediction of living another ten years.

In 1987, aged 75, along with his wife. (Source: Higashiyuri Town Public Relations Magazine)
In 1987, aged 75, along with his wife.
(Source: Higashiyuri Town Public Relations Magazine)

Despite being over 100, Komatsu stayed remarkably healthy. He kept his posture, avoided major illnesses, and managed daily tasks independently. His routine was structured: waking at 5 a.m., cooking on a wood stove, and exercising with a wheelbarrow. He enjoyed his daily ritual of three shochu drinks, one each with breakfast, lunch, and before bed. He credited his longevity to this habit and a carefree approach to life.

On 21 March 2019, following the death of 110-year-old Teiichirō Iwakawa of Yuzawa, he became the oldest living man in Akita Prefecture.

Chūzō Komatsu passed away at the hospital in Yurihonjō, Akita Prefecture, Japan, on 17 August 2021, at the age of 110 years, 132 days.

LongeviQuest congratulates Chūzō Komatsu’s family on his posthumous recognition.

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

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Toshio Katayama of Japan at age 110. He was born in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan on 5 January 1911. Katayama married a nurse and raised children. He loved farming and even rode his motorbike for mountain work into his 80s. He enjoyed social activities and once amused his wife by staying too long as the senior citizens’ club leader.

After 90, Katayama moved to Hiroshima, forming a four-generation family with his daughter, grandkids, and great-grandkids. He took his great-grandchildren on walks, learned internet use at 90, and created New Year’s postcards featuring them. He patiently waited in line each year to buy these cards, even at 97. At 107, he moved to a nursing home, losing sight and hearing, but still hummed poetry and enjoyed holidays. He remained mentally sharp, recalling events well, and his daughter celebrated his “fulfilling life” and “flexibility to enjoy new environments.”

Undated. (Source: Chugoku Shimbun)
Undated.
(Source: Chugoku Shimbun)

Known for his gentle nature, Katayama led a life of quiet routine and independence. He woke early, kept a diary, and avoided complaining. He read the newspaper and maintained a daily diary until he lost his sight. Following the Japanese saying “Eat until 80% full,” he practiced mindful eating. In his earlier years, he reportedly consumed one glass of sake per day, but he voluntarily ceased this habit in old age.

On 22 August 2019, following the passing of 109-year-old Shinichi Okada, he became the oldest living person in Hiroshima Prefecture.

Toshio Katayama passed away in Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan, on 19 May 2021, at the age of 110 years, 134 days. Upon his passing, Shigeru Nakamura succeeded him as the oldest living man in Hiroshima Prefecture.

LongeviQuest congratulates Toshio Katayama’s family on his posthumous recognition.

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

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Tetsuo Shinya of Japan at age 110. He was born in Kawanabe (now part of Minamikyūshū), Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan on 27 March 1911. After completing higher education, he worked as a farmer, cultivating milk, tobacco, and rice.

At the age of 100. (Source: Minamikyūshū City Public Relations Magazine)
At the age of 100.
(Source: Minamikyūshū City Public Relations Magazine)

In 2011, Shinya marked a century of life with a joyful visit from his city mayor, complete with a blooming bouquet and celebratory gift money. Despite reaching 100, his vitality remained. He could still be seen expertly navigating his tractor across the farm, and until the age of 106, his hands continued to sow rice seeds in the fields. When asked about his remarkable longevity, Shinya humbly shared his wisdom: a life free of worry, a palate that embraced all flavors, regular short walks to keep the blood flowing, and a resolute avoidance of bedridden days. Shinya’s health and spirit earned him further recognition. In 2018 and 2019, the prefectural governor himself visited to celebrate him as Kagoshima Prefecture’s oldest living man on Respect for the Aged Day. On both occasions, he received heartfelt letters and gifts, and reports consistently described him as radiating good health.

LongeviQuest congratulates Tetsuo Shinya’s family on her posthumous recognition.

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

LongeviQuest is deeply saddened to report that Mrs. Isabel Alvarado López of Venezuela passed away at the age of 112. She was the oldest (documented) woman to have lived in the country. 

Alvarado López was born on 9 August 1911 in the village of San Nicolas, Portuguesa State, Venezuela. 

Alvarado López worked as a teacher until she met her husband, Rafael Bordón. When she was about 28 years old, she moved to Caracas where she gave birth to her only daughter. She worked on many fields such as in Ministry of Public Works, Santa Ana Clinic, Agricultural and Livestock Bank, and in Ministry of Communications. 

In 1947, with her daughter. (Source: Courtesy of family)
In 1947, with her daughter.
(Source: Courtesy of family)

Isabel Alvarado López passed away on 12 December 2023 in Caracas, Venezuela.  

LongeviQuest sends our deepest condolences to the bereaved families and friends of Isabel Alvarado López. 

For more information, please visit Isabel Alvarado Lopez’s Directory Profile here.

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Asayo Satō of Japan at age 112. She was born in Imari, Saga Prefecture, Japan on 22 September 1911. Satō’s life saw her run her own business in Osaka before marriage. During World War II, she returned to Imari with her family, where she opened a yarn shop. Though she was unable to pursue her hobbies during the war and its aftermath, she rediscovered a passion for travel and folk dancing in her later years.

In September 2009, shortly before her 98th birthday. (Source: Imari City Public Relations Magazine)
In September 2009, shortly before her 98th birthday.
(Source: Imari City Public Relations Magazine)

Satō remained active until her late 90s, participating in gateball and even winning an award at a local tournament. Despite reaching the age of 100, she continued to be organized, keeping a diary and using an abacus. Even in her later years, living at home with daycare assistance, she enjoyed rereading her diary, knitting, and sewing. At 110, reading family letters became her favorite pastime, and she remarkably still had good eyesight, reading newspapers without needing glasses.

In September 2023, she was reported as the oldest living person in Saga Prefecture. Being the oldest person in the city, when a city official asked her the secret to her long life, she responded, “Don’t dwell on things. Stay curious about everything.”

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

LongeviQuest is saddened to report the passing of Helene Sandvig. She was born in Chaffee, Cass County, North Dakota, United States on 25 November 1911 and passed away in Fargo, North Dakota, United States on 5 December 2023 at 112 years, 10 days. At the time of death, she was the second-oldest living person in the U.S. state of North Dakota, behind Clarabell Demers.

Raised on a farm near Chaffee, Sandvig experienced a rural upbringing, tending to pigs and chickens. Her education took place in various rural schoolhouses, sometimes requiring her to alternate with siblings in staying home for housework on Mondays. Sandvig pursued a teaching career, earning her certificate from Valley City State Teachers College (now Valley City State University). At just 19, she began her teaching journey, even using a horse and buggy to pick up her students.

On her wedding day. (Source: InForum)
On her wedding day.
(Source: InForum)

Sandvig’s life path shifted in 1938 with her marriage. Choosing to dedicate herself to their farm, she stepped away from teaching. Although childless themselves, the couple opened their hearts and homes, fostering several children. Their farming life took them south of Embden before settling near Leonard. When her husband fell ill in 1974, they decided to sell the farm and move into an apartment in Leonard. In 2013, at the age of 101, she moved into a nursing home.

Helene Sandvig passed away in Fargo, North Dakota, USA, on 5 December 2023, at the age of 112 years, 10 days.

LongeviQuest is extending our deepest condolences to the bereaved family and friends of Mrs. Helene Sandvig.

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Chiyo Yanagawa of Japan at age 112. She was born in Japan on 28 September 1911. Yanagawa spent her working years as a teacher of traditional Japanese tea ceremonies and flower arrangements.

From 2018 to 2022, her status as the oldest resident of Yao City earned her special joint visits for Respect for the Aged Day. Representatives from the city, a local welfare organization, and her family gathered to celebrate and express their respect. These visits included official letters, gifts, and bouquets of flowers. During a 2019 visit, a city official remarked, “We talk about you often at our senior citizen meetings.” Yanagawa’s witty reply, “I should charge a fee for my appearances,” brought laughter to the room.

In September 2018, shortly before her 107th birthday. (Source: Yao City)
In September 2018, shortly before her 107th birthday.
(Source: Yao City)

At 107, Yanagawa attributed her long life to “eating, reading, and laughing a lot.” Reading newspapers and magazines remained a daily habit, and she reportedly started each day with a banana, cocoa powder, and porridge.

Living independently in her Yao City home with the aid of caregivers, Yanagawa now enjoys singing with her caregivers, listening to sumo, and singing contests on the radio by her bedside.

LongeviQuest congratulates Chiyo Yanagawa’s family on her recognition.

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

LongeviQuest is delighted to announce that Mrs. Kane Toriba, the oldest living resident of Fukaya, Japan, celebrated her 112th birthday on December 4th. LongeviQuest has sent Kane Toriba congratulatory flowers and letters to celebrate her milestone. In September 2018, she was reported as the oldest living person in Fukaya, Saitama Prefecture.

Celebratory flowers and greetings for her 112th birthday.

Toriba was born in Fukaya, Saitama Prefecture, Japan on 4 December 1911. After finishing elementary school, she dedicated several years to assisting her parents on their farm. Later, she fell in love and married her husband. The couple subsequently had five children.

Her daily routine includes morning calf massages with a massager, newspaper reading, attending a daycare service four times a week, and a 15-minute footbath before bed to warm her legs. This routine, organized by her son to improve blood circulation in her legs, has been her practice for 20 years. At 109, she was hospitalized four times in a year due to cholecystitis but made a full recovery after each month-long stay and has not had another episode since. Despite her age, she remains active and doesn’t take naps. She spends her days sitting in a wheelchair and even reads the newspaper without glasses every morning. She is in such good physical condition that, at the age of 112, she was able to go on an overnight trip with her children to a hot spring inn about a 30-minute drive away.

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

LongeviQuest is saddened to report the passing of Andrée Guyon. She was born in the commune of Aize, Indre Department, Centre-Val de Loire Region, France on 6 June 1911. She passed away in Saint-Éliph, Eure-et-Loir Department, Centre-Val de Loire Region, France, on 25 November 2023, at the age of 112 years. Following her passing, Lucienne Moreau succeeded her as the oldest living resident of the Centre-Val de Loire Region. At the time of her death, Guyon was the third-oldest living person in France, behind Marie-Rose Tessier and Andrée Bertoletto. Her age has been validated by the European Supercentenarian Organisation (ESO).

On her wedding day in 1937. (Source: Geneanet)
On her wedding day in 1937.
(Source: Geneanet)

Guyon got married in 1937 and had two daughters. She moved to Saint-Éliph in 1941 and worked as a cook for a family in Champrond-en-Gâtine, while her husband managed the forestry estate. She continued to work as a cook until she was 99 and moved back to Saint-Éliph.

Aged 107. (Source: L'Action Républicaine)
Aged 107.
(Source: L’Action Républicaine)

In June 2011, she celebrated her 100th birthday with 80 family members. As a centenarian, she had six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. In the winter of 2015, Guyon underwent a leg amputation and required a wheelchair. However, she remained optimistic and attributed her longevity to good humor and hard work. At the age of 108, she was still interested in the news from France and around the world.

LongeviQuest is extending our deepest condolences to the bereaved family and friends of Mrs. Andrée Guyon.

LongeviQuest is delighted to share the 112th birthday celebration of Helene Sandvig. She is an American supercentenarian currently known as the second-oldest living person in North Dakota.  

The party was held inside Bethany Retirement Living’s Chapel, and it was packed with friends who were reminiscing about Helene’s life and how she used to be the biggest chatterbox.  

Helene was born on 25 November 1911 on a farm near Chaffee, Cass County, North Dakota, USA.

Helene Sandvig at Valley News Live at 10:00PM KVLY - VOD
Helene Sandvig at Valley News Live at 10:00PM KVLY – VOD

After graduating from high school, she got her teaching certificate from Valley City State Teachers College. She was already teaching at the age of 19 while also picking up her students in a horse and buggy.  

In 1938, she married Edwin Sandvig and had no children with him. However, the couple fostered several children. After the marriage, she gave up her teaching career, and the couple focused on farming.  

In 2013, she moved into a nursing home at the age of 101. Helene currently lives in Fargo, North Dakota, USA.  

For more information, please visit Helene Sandvig’s Directory Profile here.