Herlda Senhouse was born in Piedmont, West Virginia, USA, on 28 February 1911. Senhouse graduated high school in 1931, one of only two Black students in her class. Denied her dream career in nursing due to limited opportunities, she became a domestic worker.
Later, she married and lived in New York, even residing in Amelia Earhart’s house for a time. Passionate about education, she founded a social club to financially support Black students and traveled extensively throughout her life. She traveled a lot during her life, to Europe, to Africa, and finally to Greece in 2001. When asked about her longevity, she credited a stress-free life, attributing it in part to “not having children.”
For more information, please view Herlda Senhouse’s Directory Profile here.
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.
On February 13, 2024, LongeviQuest Japan visited Miyoko Hiroyasu, who lives in Oita Prefecture, to celebrate her 113th birthday. Yumi Yamamoto, President of LongeviQuest Japan, celebrated with Hiroyasu and had a conversation with her. Hiroyasu was also given a flower arrangement to celebrate her birthday. She pleasingly said, “It’s beautiful. These aren’t artificial flowers, they’re real flowers, right? What are these flowers? They’re rare, and I’ve never seen them before.”
When asked about her age, she answered, “How old am I now? 113 years old? Well, I’ve lived a long time. I’m surprised myself.” Hiroyasu was born in Oita and had an older sister and a younger sister. She mentioned that ever since she was in first grade, she was the class president, and that’s something she is very proud of. Hiroyasu graduated from a prefectural girls’ high school and entered an art school in Tokyo. She was boarding at her uncle’s house in Tokyo. “There were two maids at my uncle’s house, and they were called Ojo-sama. My grandmother also lived there, she was very strict. At night, before going to bed, I always went to greet my grandmother at bedtime. When I opened the sliding door and said, Grandma, good night, please rest, she always responded with, good night.” Hiroyasu made us laugh by imitating her grandmother’s deep voice.
After graduating, she worked as an art teacher at a girls’ high school in Hiroshima. She got married in Hiroshima and was blessed with three children. Her childhood memories include playing with her hands and with a jumping rope and climbing trees to pick oranges. She learned about tea, flowers, and etiquette at an all-girls school where she studied. She also remembered going to a fireworks display and watching the fireworks from a bridge. A memory she shared of her time as a teacher was encouraging her students to enter a Yukata design contest sponsored by a newspaper company. We were amazed at how well Ms. Hiroyasu told these stories and how detailed her memory was.
Hiroyasu was a former art teacher. She still likes to draw, so her flower paintings are displayed in the group home where she is admitted. She also actively participates in all recreational activities at the facility, most especially singing. “Every day is fun. I watch TV, play cards with everyone, and play Karuta.” Hiroyasu says that she subscribes to a daily newspaper herself and that she reads it thoroughly every day using a magnifying glass. She jokingly said, “I read all the flyers that are stuck in the newspaper, even though I can’t go shopping myself anymore.”
Hiroyasu says that she has a strong body and rarely catches a cold. “Ever since I was little, I was full of energy and went everywhere. My sister often skipped school, but I never skipped school. I did what I wanted to do, and I was a bit boyish. I was free-spirited.” When we asked her what her favorite food was, she replied, “I like everything; I don’t have a picky taste.” Her birthday meal request was salted kelp rice.
We had heard from the staff at the nursing home that Hiroyasu-san would sometimes tell stories about Aesop’s Fables, “The Fox and the Grapes,” in English. So we requested that she recite the fable for us. Hiroyasu started, “Once upon a time, a fox lived in the countryside. One day, the fox went to the grape garden. The fox said, “This fruit is bad.” My story is over.” She was given a round of applause. During her high school’s school play, she gave a presentation in English. The fact that she still remembers that is truly an amazing memory.
During our last conversation, she mentioned, “The best thing about my body is that it’s strong. Everything tastes good, and I’m sleeping well. Everyone here takes good care of me, and I’m happy.” When we said our goodbyes to her, we said, “We hope you continue to be well.” Hiroyasu also gave us kind words of comfort, saying, “Please take care of yourself, don’t hurt yourself, don’t hurt your stomach, and stay healthy.” Her kind words deeply moved us. We were really happy to meet her.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Mrs. Miyoko Hiroyasu, who shared many valuable stories with us, and to the nursing home staff, who kindly accepted our visit.
Photographer: Koji Ohashi
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 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.
Eulalia Bravo Bravo was born in the municipality of Nopala de Villagrán, Hidalgo, Mexico, on 12 February 1913. She was a wife and a mother to 6 children.
According to her family, she was very active and hardworking; she contributed to the expenses of the house, raised animals to sell, sewed other people’s clothes, used to make mattresses for beds, sold coal for some time, and later opened a grocery store. Determined to secure her children’s future, Eulalia kept working even after her husband’s passing. She taught herself hand-sewing and made clothes for her family and even for sale, continuing until her doctor advised her to stop at 100.
At the age of 110, she had 13 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
Eulalia Bravo Bravo currently lives in Pachuca de Soto, Hidalgo, Mexico.
For more information, please view Eulalia Bravo Bravo’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 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.
Milka Bauković Radivojevic was born as Milka Ercegovac in Papici, Sunja, Sisak-Moslavina County, Austria-Hungary (present-day Croatia) on 5 February 1915. She was a sister, a wife, and a mother to 2 children.
Bauković continued to practice the same trade (hat production in Okucani, Brod-Posavina County, Croatia) as her late first husband until her retirement in the 80’s.
On 3 April 2022, at the age of 107, she went to vote herself and exercised her right to vote. Bauković never missed any elections, and she always went out to vote regularly. This made her the oldest living citizen of the Republic of Serbia to have ever voted.
On 6 July 2022, she became the oldest known living person in Belgrade and Serbia, following the death of 110-year-old Tamara Krutikov.
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.
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.
Ottilie-Armilde Tinnuri was born on 3 February 1914 and grew up in a Siberi village near Kunda, Laane-Viru County, Russian Empire (present-day Estonia). She was a sister, a wife, and a mother to 2 children.
Ottilie-Armilde Tinnuri currently lives in Rakvere, Laane-Viru County, Estonia.
Miyoko Hiroyasu was born in Nakatsu, Ōita Prefecture, Japan, on 23 January 1911. She studied art at a Tokyo school and later worked as an art teacher in Hiroshima Prefecture. Hiroyasu is the last surviving person in Ōita Prefecture born in the Meiji era.
Following the death of 110-year-old Kiyo Sato on 30 April 2021, Hiroyasu was reported to be the oldest living person in Ōita Prefecture.
For more information, please view Miyoko Hiroyasu’s Directory Profile here.