Lela Schnorf was a validated American supercentenarian who died in 2017 at the age of 111.

Lela Schnorf was born in Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio, USA, on 29 November 1905. Overcoming a near-fatal car accident at 19, Lela Schnorf graduated high school and thrived in the secretarial world. She went from Auto Lite to a prestigious brokerage firm, even weathering the 1929 Wall Street crash. After five years, she married Brandon Grey Schnorf, and they raised two sons while indulging in their shared passions: gardening, bridge, travel, and the Toledo Rose Society. Lela remained active in the Bar Association Auxiliary and became the oldest living member of her beloved Inverness Country Club.

As a young woman. (Source: Toledo Blade)
As a young woman.
(Source: Toledo Blade)

Even in her centenarian years, she remained an avid reader, staying informed of current events, whether they were local or national politics. She voted in every election campaign, including the Presidential election in 2016. She stayed well-informed about financial markets, real estate markets, and all major sporting events.

Schnorf passed away in Monclova, Lucas County, Ohio, USA, on 2 April 2017, at the age of 111 years, 124 days. At the time of her passing, she was the second-oldest known living person in the U.S. state of Ohio, after Lessie Brown.

LongeviQuest congratulates Lela Schnorf’s family on her posthumous recognition.

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

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Bertha Belflower of the United States at age 110. She was born in Berrien County, Georgia, USA, on 14 January 1907, as the last child of 15 children. Growing up, Belflower lived on the family farm near Oakey Grove Church. At 17, she got married and eventually raised her two sons in Tifton and Valdosta, Georgia. Both of her sons served in the military during World War II.

Following the war, Belflower and her husband lived on Saint Simons Island until 1959. In the early 1960s, she moved to Plant City, Florida, near her sister. Remaining independent even after selling her home at 96, she lived there until her passing.

Shortly before her 110th birthday. (Source: Gerontology Wiki)
Shortly before her 110th birthday.
(Source: Gerontology Wiki)

Belflower passed away in Bartow, Florida, USA, on 30 October 2017, at the age of 110 years, 289 days. She was survived by her son Kenneth, and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

LongeviQuest congratulates Bertha Belflower’s family on her posthumous recognition.

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

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Secundina Rivera Cumba of Puerto Rico at age 110. She was born in Aibonito, Puerto Rico, on 9 August 1907. She was a wife and a mother to 1 son.

Around the age of 100. (Source: Dignity Memorial)
Around the age of 100.
(Source: Dignity Memorial)

Secundina Rivera Cumba passed away in Caguas, Puerto Rico, on 15 December 2017, at the age of 110 years, 128 days.

LongeviQuest congratulates Secundina Rivera Cumba’s family on her posthumous recognition.

For more information, please view her Directory Profile here.

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Bernard Nenner at 110 years old. He was an American supercentenarian known as the oldest living man in Florida at the time of his death. 

Bernard was born on 4 May 1907 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA. 

At the age of 15, Bernard started working as a delivery boy for A&P in New York. Five years later, he quickly climbed the ranks and became a manager at age 20. 

On 4 March 1928, Bernard married the 18-year-old Sophie and the two of them had a daughter and a son.

In February 1965, aged 57, surveying trailer damage after a tornado. (Source: Fort Lauderdale News)
In February 1965, aged 57, surveying trailer damage after a tornado.
(Source: Fort Lauderdale News)

He had a dry-cleaning business with 15 stores on the South Shore of Long Island but eventually sold it. Next, Bernard ventured into mobile home parks in Florida. He even experienced being trapped mid-air in one of the trailer offices with two other people inside due to a tornado in 1965. He also sold his mobile home park business in 1974 and then retired at the age of 67.

 At the age of 110, he managed a library at the Aston Gardens at Parkland Commons Senior Community where he currently lived at that time. 

Bernard passed away on 13 November 2017 in Parkland, Florida, USA. 

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

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Emma Radford at 110 years old. She was an American supercentenarian known as the oldest living person in West Virginia at the time of her death. 

Emma was born on 14 May 1907 in Backus, Fayette County, West Virginia, USA. 

Emma married Jesse McClennan Radford in 1938 and the couple had no children together.

On her 110th birthday. (Source: Gerontology Wiki)
On her 110th birthday.
(Source: Gerontology Wiki)

She dedicated her time being a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church at Backus Mountain as an organist. 

She spent her last years at Fayette Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Fayetteville where she passed away on 23 July 2017. 

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

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Elsie Davis at 110 years old. She was an American supercentenarian known as the oldest living person in Connecticut at the time of her death. 

Elsie was born on 23 May 1907 in Norfolk, Virginia, USA. After her mother passed away, she went and stayed with her aunt in Philadelphia. Elsie travelled back and forth between Philadelphia and Virginia until her younger brother sent for her at age 17. She then relocated to Middletown, Connecticut, with her brother. 

Upon her relocation, she worked as a babysitter for the Byerly family, attendant at Snow White Laundry, and nurse aide at Middlesex Hospital. While working as a nurse’s aide, Elsie was known for designing the hospital’s first nurse’s cap.

On her 110th birthday in 2017. (Source: The Middletown Press)
On her 110th birthday in 2017.
(Source: The Middletown Press)

In 1934, she married John “Buck” Davis and the couple had five children together. The two of them also served as foster parents to 25 foster children for more than 20 years. 

At the age of 110, Elsie was still a member of the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church of Middletown, Connecticut. 

Elsie Davis passed away on 18 November 2017 at the Apple Rehab Middletown Nursing Home in Middletown, Connecticut. 

At the time of her death, she was considered as the oldest known living person in Connecticut, USA, before Florence Carroll succeeded this feat. 

For more information, please visit Elsie Davis’ Directory Profile here. 

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Haruyo Matsunaga at 111 years old. She was a Japanese supercentenarian known as the oldest living person in Nagasaki Prefecture at the time of her death. 

Haruyo Matsunaga was born on 6 March 1906 in Minamikushiyama (now part of Unzen), Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan.  

At some point in her life, she became a mother and according to her grandchild, Haruyo loves going on holidays to visit her children.

At the age of 100. (Source: Unzen City)
At the age of 100.
(Source: Unzen City)

In 2006, the mayor of Unzen City visited her 100th birthday to present her congratulatory gifts and a bouquet of flowers. 

Haruyo passed away on 12 March 2017 in Unzen City, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan. 

For more information, please visit Haruyo Matsunaga’s Directory Profile here 

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Ellen Boenig of the United States at age 111. She was born in Oakville, Live Oak County, Texas, United States on 21 October 1905. Orphaned at birth, Boenig grew up in Blanconia with her aunt and uncle. They didn’t own a car until she was 13 when she claimed her father’s Ford Model-T. At 14, Boenig proudly claimed to be the first woman in Woodsboro to drive a pickup truck.

Undated. (Source: Beeville Bee-Picayune)
Undated.
(Source: Beeville Bee-Picayune)

Boenig got married in 1922 and raised 6 children as a homemaker and gardener. In 1941, they moved to Beeville. A dedicated member of Trinity Christian Church, she visited all US states except Rhode Island, playfully claiming “it was too small to find.” Legally blind from glaucoma in her 90s, she maintained an adventurous spirit.

Boenig passed away in Beeville, Texas, USA, on 16 April 2017, at the age of 111 years, 177 days. At the time of her death, she was the second-oldest (known) living person in the U.S. state of Texas, behind Hazel Gates. She was survived by three of her children, as well as 20 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, and 19 great-great-grandchildren.

LongeviQuest congratulates Ellen Boenig’s family on her posthumous recognition.

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

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Lois Arbanas of the United States at age 110. She was born in Forestville, Michigan, United States on 1 December 1907. She attended elementary school in a one-room schoolhouse and later resided with a family in a neighboring town to attend high school. She was a sister, a wife, and a mother to 2 daughters.

At the age of 17, she moved to the Detroit area and took a job at General Motors. During the market crash of 1929, she held a job and rented a room in a private residence. At a church social event, she met a young attorney who eventually became her husband. The couple married in 1934. Right after the reception, the young couple relocated to Washington, D.C., where her husband began working for the federal government

As an elderly lady, with her husband. (Source: ABC 7 Chicago)
As an elderly lady, with her husband.
(Source: ABC 7 Chicago)

In 1955, the family made a significant move to Wilmette, Illinois, where they remained until her husband’s retirement in 1968. Seeking a change of scenery, they then relocated to Rancho Bernardo, California, nestled in the heart of San Diego County. However, when her husband’s health began to decline, they decided to return to Illinois. Upon their return, they settled into a retirement community in Arlington Heights, a vibrant suburb northwest of Chicago.

Arbanas passed away in Arlington Heights, Illinois, USA, on 26 December 2017, at the age of 110 years, 25 days.

LongeviQuest congratulates Lois Arbanas’s family on her posthumous recognition.

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

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Armida Sholar of the United States at age 111. She was born in Sumter, South Carolina, United States on 9 August 1905. Sholar worked as a desk clerk at Wesley Long Hospital in Greensboro. Sholar was a member of Starmount Presbyterian and Westminster Presbyterian Churches. She moved to the White Stone independent apartments in 1978, where she volunteered to tend to the rose and flower gardens. Sholar was a sister, a wife, and a mother to 4 children.

Following a hip fracture, Sholar spent 17 years in the Care Center. One of her hobbies was playing bingo, and she rarely missed playing three times each week. She had cancer twice. She smoked until the age of 103, only deciding to quit after a fall resulted in a broken hip. Despite this, Sholar occasionally indulged in smoking until 2013 when her retirement community implemented a smoking ban on the premises. At the age of 109, she had trouble hearing and seeing, but she was still lucid. On 19 November 2016, following the death of 111-year-old Ruby Clodfelter, she became the oldest known living resident of North Carolina.

On her 111th birthday. (Source: Facebook/LiveatWhiteStone)
On her 111th birthday.
(Source: Facebook/LiveatWhiteStone)

Sholar passed away in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA, on 4 April 2017, at the age of 111 years, 238 days. Following her death, Hester Ford (who was only six days younger) succeeded her as North Carolina’s oldest living resident. She was survived by her son Bill, 12 grandchildren, as well as numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

LongeviQuest congratulates Armida Sholar’s family on her posthumous recognition.

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