LongeviQuest is saddened to report the passing of Marie Guerne. She was born in Lucerne, Canton of Lucerne, Switzerland on 26 March 1912 and passed away in Orvin, Canton of Bern, Switzerland, on 23 February 2024, at the age of 111 years, 334 days. At the time of her passing, she was the oldest living person in Switzerland and was the third-oldest person ever to have died in Switzerland (after Rosa Rein and Alice Schaufelberger). Upon her passing, Martha Furrer-Omlin succeeded her as the country’s oldest living resident. Her age was validated by the ESO on 26 April 2022.

Marie Guerne trained as a dressmaker after completing her primary and secondary education in Switzerland. Seeking to improve her English, she moved to London and further honed her skills at fashion studios in Paris and St. Moritz. In 1937, she got married and had at least one son.

On her 110th birthday. (Source: Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF))
On her 110th birthday.
(Source: Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF))

In 2004, she moved to a nursing home but maintained some independence until near the end of her life.

On 16 November 2020, following the death of Alice Schaufelberger-Hunzikerhe, she became the oldest known living person in Switzerland.

On 13 January 2023, at the age of 110 years, 293 days, Guerne surpassed the final age of Hedwig Hosig-Huggler. She then bacame the oldest person ever to have lived in the Canton of Bern.

LongeviQuest is extending our deepest condolences to the bereaved family and friends of Mrs. Marie Guerne.

LongeviQuest is delighted to announce that Wisconsin’s oldest known resident turned 112 years old. Park View Health Center in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, threw a party for their oldest resident, 112-year-old Stryzewski. The staff and her family and friends feasted on cake, ice cream, and popcorn, reminiscing and sharing stories.

Ruth Stryzewski was born Ruth Esther Winter in Waushara County, Wisconsin, USA, on 20 February 1912.

In December 2020, she contracted COVID-19 during the coronavirus pandemic and was forced to isolate for several weeks. However, her symptoms were not severe enough to require hospitalization, and by January 2021, she had successfully recovered.

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

Hans Schornack was a validated German supercentenarian who died in 2023 at the age of 110. Schornack was the oldest living man in Germany for over two years, as well as in Europe for seven months. He also holds the record for the oldest person ever born on leap day.

Schornack was born in Essen, located in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, on 29 February 1912. He had a lifelong love for cars, becoming a mechanic and later running his own car dealership. After the war, Schornack sold tobacco along with his brother. Still driving at 95, he lived independently until 104, attributing his long life to moderation, positivity, good deeds, and strong connections. He received the COVID-19 vaccine in January 2021, and later recovered from a mild case of the virus, making him one of its oldest survivors.

Schornack on his 109th birthday (Source: GSE)

Schornack passed away on 22 February 2023, at the age of 110 years, 358 days. Upon his passing, he was succeeded by André Ludwig as Europe’s oldest living man, and by Karlheinz Stauber as Germany’s oldest living man.

On 24 June 2020, Schornack became the oldest living man in Germany at the age of 108 following the passing of 109-year-old Heinrich Homann. He became the oldest living man in Europe on 15 July 2022 following the passing of 111-year-old Frenchman André Boite.

On 13 September 2022, at the age of 110 years, 196 days, he surpassed the final age of Mary Norris (1892–2002) and became the oldest person ever born on 29 February.

LongeviQuest congratulates Hans Schornack’s family on his posthumous recognition.

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

It is with great pleasure for LongeviQuest to share that Mrs. Yoshiko Naitō of Japan turns 112 years old. She is a Japanese supercentenarian known as the oldest living person in Yamanashi Prefecture.

She loves flowers, and that day she reached out and admired her flowers sent by LongeviQuest to celebrate this feat. She enjoyed spending time with her family on her birthday. According to her nursing home, at the age of 112, sweet jelly and fruit are her favorite foods and she happily eats them.

Yoshiko Naitō at 112
Yoshiko Naitō at 112

Yoshiko Naitō was born in Yamanashi City, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, on 10 February 1912, as the second of four siblings. From her youth, she had numerous hobbies and interests. These included a passion for international travel, pilgrimages to temples across Japan, reading books, and tending to a vegetable garden, a practice she carried on until the age of 95 when she suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage

Her family attributed her longevity to a combination of factors, including her genetic predisposition for a long life, her commitment to physical activity, and her nutritious diet.

LongeviQuest sends our warmest greetings of celebration for Mrs. Yoshiko’s 112th birthday and wishes her the best.

For more information, please visit Yoshiko Naitō’s Directory Profile here.

LongeviQuest is delighted to announce that Manitoba, Canada’s oldest person turned 112 years old. Hazel Skuce celebrated her 112th birthday at the Hillcrest Place Personal Care Home in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada. In the care home’s lobby, residents and staff sang “Happy Birthday” as Skuce entered the room in a wheelchair. They presented her with cake, cards, and a succulent plant. Smiles and another round of singing followed. Skuce is currently the oldest known living person in Manitoba, Canada, and the third oldest in Canada.

Hazel Skuce’s 112th Birthday at Extendicare Hillcrest Place Personal Care Home
(Source: https://www.brandonsun.com/local/2024/02/08/brandon-woman-celebrates-112th-birthday)

Hazel Skuce was born Hazel Short in Blanshard Municipality, Manitoba, Canada on 7 February 1912. She was a sister and a wife.

Her brother Lawrence Short and sister Muriel Myrtle Westwood both died at the age of 95. Her younger sister, Clara Hornibrook, died on 25 February 2022 at the age of 108 years, 166 days, making them one of the oldest sibling pairs in history.

Skuce currently lives at Hillcrest Place Personal Care Home in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada.

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

Chiyoko Sarai was a validated Japanese supercentenarian who died in 2023 at the age of 110.

Chiyoko Sarai was born in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, on 9 October 1912. Sickly from a young age, Sarai relied on precious milk for nourishment and faced a life-threatening bout of tuberculosis at 8. She was abandoned by doctors, but her devout parents’ prayers seemed to have miraculously healed her. Throughout her life, she remained grateful to them, even as she entered old age.

After graduating high school, Sarai overcame heart problems through faith therapy. Later, she apprenticed under a renowned acupressure master, commuting to Tokyo and eventually becoming a successful shiatsu therapist until she was 80. Afterward, she transitioned to volunteer work, helping others with various ailments.

At 101, Sarai savored the brown rice onigiri from her daughter’s restaurant, visiting several times a week. She also enjoyed sushi and sukiyaki, expressing her appreciation for food with the motto, “I live because of the lives of living things.”

In October 2021, aged 109. (Source: Ameblo.jp)
In October 2021, aged 109.
(Source: Ameblo.jp)

Sarai passed away in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, on 6 February 2023, at the age of 110 years, 120 days.

LongeviQuest congratulates Chiyoko Sarai’s family on her posthumous recognition.

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

Leola Porter was a validated American supercentenarian who died in 2023 at the age of 111.

Leola Porter was born in Mississippi, USA, on 19 May 1912. She was a sister, a wife, and a mother.

On 15 August 2022, she was visited by the Mayor of West Memphis, Marco McClendon, who declared 15 August as “Mrs. Leola Porter Day.”

In August 2022, aged 110, with the Mayor of West Memphis, Marco McClendon. (Source: Facebook/City of West Memphis)
In August 2022, aged 110, with the Mayor of West Memphis, Marco McClendon.
(Source: Facebook/City of West Memphis)

Porter passed away in West Memphis, Arkansas, USA, on 18 July 2023, at the age of 111 years, 60 days. At the time of her passing, she was the oldest known living person in the U.S. state of Arkansas.

LongeviQuest congratulates Leola Porter’s family on her posthumous recognition.

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

Ida Belle Austin was a validated American supercentenarian who died in 2023 at the age of 110.

Ida Belle Austin was born in Mount Pleasant, Tennessee, USA on 21 December 1912. In 1939, she got married to the longest-serving Secretary of State of Michigan, and together they had 1 daughter. The couple also established two scholarship funds and a lecture series at the Mike Ilitch School of Business.

A few days before her 110th birthday. (Source: Facebook/Abdullah H. Hammoud)
A few days before her 110th birthday.
(Source: Facebook/Abdullah H. Hammoud)

In 2009, Austin was named the Matriarch of the Michigan Democratic Party and held lifetime memberships in the Detroit Branch NAACP, Booker T. Washington Business Association, League of Women Voters, and National Council of Negro Women. Furthermore, she was the first Black District Manager of the Girl Scouts of Southeast Michigan.

Austin passed away in Dearborn, Michigan, USA, on 10 June 2023, at the age of 110 years, 171 days.

LongeviQuest congratulates Ida Belle Austin’s family on her posthumous recognition.

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

It is with a heavy heart that LongeviQuest reports Catherina van der Linden’s demise at 111. She was an Australian supercentenarian known as the oldest living person in the country at the time of her death. 

Catherina van der Linden was born on 26 August 1912 in Amersfoort, Utrecht, Netherlands. 

Before turning 28 years old, she married Johannes (John) Wouterus van der Linden with whom she had four children with.

John and Catherina van der Linden with their children at Glenelg in 1958. (Source: The Senior)
John and Catherina van der Linden with their children at Glenelg in 1958.
(Source: The Senior)

Catherina and her husband emigrated to Australia in 1955 but returned to the Netherlands in 1958 due to cultural differences. However, 18 months later, the family returned to Australia and permanently settled in Adelaide. 

Catherina passed away on 26 January 2024 in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia. 

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

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

Theo Ricker was a validated American supercentenarian who died in 2024 at the age of 111.

Theo Ricker was born in Northumberland, New Hampshire, USA, on 1 March 1912. Ricker graduated from Groveton High School and trained as a beautician at Wilfred Academy in Philadelphia. She returned home to work in the Lancaster area before moving to Woodsville in 1938. She was a sister, a wife, and a mother.

Her interests included playing Scrabble, indulging in reading, and tending to her garden.

Undated. (Source: Ricker Funeral Home & Cremation Care of Woodsville)
Undated.
(Source: Ricker Funeral Home & Cremation Care of Woodsville)

Ricker passed away in North Haverhill, New Hampshire, USA, on 4 January 2024, at the age of 111 years, 309 days. At the time of her death, she was the oldest known living person in the U.S. state of New Hampshire.

LongeviQuest congratulates Theo Ricker’s family on her posthumous recognition.

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