LongeviQuest is saddened to report the passing of Juozas Mereckas. He was born on 26 Jan 1914 and passed away in Rumšiškės, Kaišiadorys district, Kaunas County, Lithuania on 7 Jan 2024 at the age of 109 years, 346 days.

Mereckas was a father of 4 children. He was looked after by one of his daughters. He spent summers at his home in Kaišiadorys district, Dovainonys, and winters in Kaunas with relatives.

Undated.
(Source: https://zmones.15min.lt/naujiena/mire-vyriausias-lietuvos-gyventojas-juozas-mereckas-netrukus-jam-butu-sueje-110-metu-Ye5KnGzZVbk)

Mereckas was one of the heroes of Edita Kabaraitė’s documentary “100 Years Together,” created in 2018. This film became the most-watched Lithuanian film of that year’s “Kino pavasaris” festival.

LongeviQuest is extending our deepest condolences to the bereaved family and friends of Mr. Juozas Mereckas.

 

LongeviQuest is saddened to report the passing of Horace Baumer. He was born in Minersville, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania, United States on 17 December 1913 and passed away in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, United States on 30 December 2023 at 110 years, 13 days.

In 2013, aged 99.
(Source: Republican Herald)

Baumer attended Girard College where he learned the machinist’s trade. This is how he got to work as a machinist at Bethlehem Steel’s Grace Mine near Morgantown. He worked there for about 25 years. He was also a husband and a father to 4 children.

Active even in his 90s, Horace drove around in his truck and kept his whole neighborhood stocked with fresh tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants from his garden. Baumer continued to live independently in his own home until July 2022.

LongeviQuest is extending our deepest condolences to the bereaved family and friends of Mr. Horace Baumer.

LongeviQuest is saddened to report the passing of Madeline Gibson Jackson. She was born in Brewer, Maine, United States on 31 October 1913 and passed away in Bourne, Massachusetts, United States on 29 December 2023 at 110 years, 59 days. She was a sister, a wife, and a mother to at least 3 children.

Undated. (Source: Facebook/State Representative Steve Xiarhos)
Undated.
(Source: Facebook/State Representative Steve Xiarhos)

LongeviQuest is extending our deepest condolences to the bereaved family and friends of Mrs. Madeline Gibson Jackson.

LongeviQuest is saddened to report the passing of Leny Mackenbach. She was born in Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands on 29 December 1912 and has recently passed away in Rotterdam at 110 years old (with reports saying she died on 7 December 2023 which has yet to be confirmed).

Undated.
(Source: https://gerontology.fandom.com/wiki/Leny_Mackenbach)

Following the death of 110-year-old Ebeltje Boekema-Hut on 11 June 2022, Leny Mackenbach became the oldest known living person in the Netherlands. She became the oldest known living person in the Benelux following the death of 111-year-old Magda Janssens of Belgium on 18 September 2023.

LongeviQuest is extending our deepest condolences to the bereaved family and friends of Leny Mackenbach.

LongeviQuest is saddened to report the passing of Huang Decheng. Huang Decheng (Traditional Chinese: 黃德成) was born in the Empire of Japan (now Taiwan) on 14 November 1913 (according to his ID card). He passed away in Sanhe Village, Shuishang Township, Chiayi County, Taiwan on 20 November 2023 at the age of 110 years, 6 days.

Huang Decheng on his 108th birthday (claimed East Asian 110th birthday) in 2021
(Source: Gerontology Wiki)

Though official records indicate 14 November 1913 as his birth date, Huang Decheng asserts to have been 2 years older. If the date of birth on the ID is correct, he was 110 years, 6 days old at the time of his passing. He explains this discrepancy by stating that his family waited to register him due to concerns about infant mortality.

 

LongeviQuest is saddened to report the passing of Viorica Hogaș. She was born on 9 February 1915 and passed away in Suceava, Romania on 25 November 2023, at the age of 108. She was a wife and a mother to 1 daughter. Hogaş worked for a while as a teacher and raised her only child as best she knew, even though there were days when she had nothing to eat.

Undated.
(Source: www.monitorulsv.ro)

Hogaș was the oldest known woman in Romania, following the death of 109-year-old Maria Mihai on 2 February 2022. At the time of her death, she was the second-oldest known living person in Romania, behind Ilie Ciocan (born 1913).

LongeviQuest is extending our deepest condolences to the bereaved family and friends of Mrs. Viorica Hogaș.

LongeviQuest is saddened to report the passing of Katsuko Tago. She was born in Ōmachi, Nagano Prefecture, Japan on 28 March 1910 and passed away in Higashimurayama, Tokyo, Japan on 1 December 2023 at 113 years, 248 days. At the time of her death, Tago was the oldest living person in Tokyo, Japan.

In January 2022, aged 111. (Source: Courtesy of the family)
In January 2022, aged 111.
(Source: Courtesy of the family)

Katsuko Tago assisted her father in running a kimono shop for several years before relocating to Tokyo. In Tokyo, she got married, and the couple had seven children. Tago played the role of a supportive housewife while her husband pursued a career as a bank branch manager.

Tago maintained an active lifestyle for over 90 years. She participated in a monthly doll-making class in her hometown. She continued expressing her creativity through crafting dolls and carving wood until the age of 103. Unfortunately, a femur fracture required her to undergo surgery. She persevered and regained her ability to walk through rehabilitation. However, two years later, another fracture led her to receive care in a nursing home.

Tago believed that her favorite strawberry-flavored chocolate was the secret to her longevity, and she ate it every day.
Her family and nursing home staff said that she lived her life with her ideas and opinions and always made all her daily decisions on her own. Until she was about 110 years old, she called her family every day to update them on what was happening at her nursing home.

Mrs. Tago’s sad news was directly confirmed through her family.

LongeviQuest is extending our deepest condolences to the bereaved family and friends of Mrs. Katsuko Tago.

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 saddened to report that Simonne Leduc passed away at 111 years old. She was a Canadian supercentenarian known as the oldest living person in the province of Quebec.

Simonne Leduc was born on 31 October 1911.

At some point, she married Orphir Leduc, with whom she had at least three children: André, Francine, and Nicole.

Simonne Leduc at 111
Simonne Leduc at 111

On 19 October 2022, following the death of Émilienne Marcil-Pigeon, she became the oldest known living person in Quebec.

Leduc passed away in Laval, Quebec, Canada, on 26 October 2023, at the age of 111 years, 360 days. She was just five days shy of celebrating her 112th birthday.

LongeviQuest extends our warmest condolences to the bereaved family and friends of Mrs. Leduc.

LongeviQuest is saddened to report the passing of the oldest documented man in Brazil. He was born in Brazil on 11 March 1913 and passed away in Pernambuco, Brazil on 1 November 2023 at 110 years, 235 days.

LongeviQuest is extending our deepest condolences to his bereaved family and friends.