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.

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. 

It is with a heavy heart that LongeviQuest reports Seki Yoshida‘s passing at 114 years old. At the time of her passing, she was the oldest living person in Ibaraki Prefecture.

Her family announced on 11 February 2024, that she had passed away. A funeral service will be held at Makoto Funeral Home in Naka Nishi on 15 February 2024 at 1:00PM.

Mrs. Yoshida was born in Japan on 4 January 1910.

Seki Yoshida_113
Source: Mayor of Shirosato Town

On January 4, 2024, she celebrated her 114th birthday at a nursing home in Shirosato Town.

LongeviQuest extends our deepest condolences to the bereaved family and friends of Seki.

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

 

Puerto Montt, Los Lagos Region, ChileEudocia Barría Barrientos, the oldest living person in Chile, celebrated her 113th birthday on February 10.

Barría Barrientos was born on the island of Mechuque, belonging to the Chiloé Archipelago in the Los Lagos Region, Chile, on 10 February 1911. Soon after her birth, her family moved to Puerto Montt, where she spent the majority of her life. In 1930, she acquired a sewing machine that she still uses today.

Although she never married, she had a daughter, Lourdes, in 1944. She looked after her two granddaughters from the moment they were born.

LongeviQuest had the honor to visit Mrs. Barría Barrientos on January 30, presenting her with the recognition certificate. We wish you a happy birthday, continued good health, and a lot of happiness.

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.

 

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.

It is with a heavy heart that LongeviQuest reports Pearl Berg’s demise at 114. She was an American supercentenarian known as the second-oldest person in California, at the time of her death. She passed away on 1 February 2024. 

Pearl Berg was born on 1 October 1909 in Evansville, Indiana, United States. She spent her childhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, before moving to Los Angeles, California, in 1930. Less than a month later, she met her future husband, Mark Berg. She and Mark were married in 1931, and they had two sons together.

With her husband, Mark, in 1931.

After Mark Berg passed away in 1989, Pearl joined a book club, attended concerts and plays, and involved herself with a bridge group, all so that she can still have a healthy social life. She can drive until her mid-90s and was an active member of the Temple Israel’s Sisterhood. 

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

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

It is with a heavy heart that LongeviQuest reports Mabel Mah’s demise at 113. She was a Canadian supercentenarian known as the oldest living person in the country at the time of her death. She passed away on 30 January 2024. 

Mabel Mah was born on 4 July 1910 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. 

She was married to Sunny Mah with whom she had six children with. Unfortunately, her husband passed away in 1953.

Mabel appeared in a CBC TV documentary about her family history and in a National Film Board Documentary, “The Chan Legacy”. 

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

It is with a heavy heart that LongeviQuest reports that Mr. Tsuneji Ōyama passed away on 30 January 2024 at 111 years old.

On 1 February 2024, on behalf of LongeviQuest, Yumi Yamamoto attended Mr. Ōyama’s funeral. It was held at a quaint temple at the foot of a mountain in Kiyama Town. The funeral was attended by over 100 people, including his family and other local people, along with beautiful flowers that they had offered. Farewell messages were also read during the funeral by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. It was a wonderful ceremony that conveyed how much he cherished and loved his family. He was seen off by his many family and friends as the gentle, enveloping sound of songbirds echoed beautifully.

Mr. Ōyama died of natural causes, as he had been lying in bed a lot since September. He even celebrated his 111th birthday at a hospital located at the same nursing home he was staying at. Mr. Ōyama was still able to eat normally without any signs of complications until his death.

In 1943, aged 30, during his military service.

Tsuneji Ōyama was born on 9 January 1913 in Kiyama, Saga Prefecture, Japan.

At age 30, Ōyama left his two young daughters and wife when he was drafted and dispatched to China in 1943. Just before the war ended, he came back to Japan after being ordered to safeguard the mainland. Unfortunately, he was afflicted with a kidney disease that caused widespread body swelling.

At the time of his death, Tsuneji Ōyama resided in Kiyama, Saga Prefecture, Japan. On 23 July 2019, he was recognized as the oldest living man in the prefecture when Tetsuo Shiki passed away. Three years later, he was able to surpass Shiki’s final age to make him the oldest man ever in Saga Prefecture.

LongeviQuest sends our deepest condolences to the bereaved family and friends of Mr. Tsuneji Ōyama.

For more information, kindly visit Mr. Tsuneji Ōyama’s Directory Profile here.

LongeviQuest is saddened to report the passing of Fortino Cervantes Rocha. He was born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico on 12 August 1914 and passed away in San Antonio, Texas, USA on 14 January 2024 at 109 years, 155 days. At the time of his death, he was the oldest living person in the state of Texas.

Fortino Cervantes Rocha arrived in the Laredo, Texas, USA on 18 April 1916. He joined the U.S. Army on 1 December 1942 and served in the military during World War II and the Korean War.

Undated.
(Source: https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/sanantonio/name/fortino-rocha-obituary?id=54194505)

Fortino Cervantes Rocha credited his longevity to his love for tacos and his loving family.

LongeviQuest is extending our deepest condolences to the bereaved family and friends of Mr. Fortino Cervantes Rocha.