LongeviQuest is delighted to share that Maria da Conceição Brito, the current oldest living person in Portugal, turns 111 years old. She is a Portuguese supercentenarian known as the oldest living person in the country.

The festive celebration of her 111 years of longevity was celebrated after the municipality of São Brás de Alportel visited her elderly home known as Santa Casa da Misericórdia. They celebrated her longevity as the elderly institution remembered her inspiring and memorable life journey filled with companionship and friendship.

Maria da Conceição Brito e 2021 (Foto modificada: https://gerontology.fandom.com/)
Maria da Conceição Brito e 2021 (Foto modificada: https://gerontology.fandom.com/)

Maria da Conceição Brito was born on 22 December 1912 in the town of São Romão. She witnessed the birth of the municipality of São Brás de Alportel. She also survived the long period of dictatorship and colonial war. Moreover, she also observed the birth of Portuguese democracy and the country’s integration with the European Union. 

LongeviQuest wholeheartedly greets Maria da Conceição a happy 111th birthday and we wish her nothing but the best. 

LongeviQuest is delighted to announce that as of December 22, 2023, the age of Mrs. Charlotte Kretschmann, who currently holds the record as the oldest person ever to have lived in Germany, has been officially validated.

Kretschmann was born in Wrocław, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, Poland (then part of the German Empire), on December 3, 1909. During her time in Poland, she married Werner Kretschmann, and together they had a daughter. When the Second World War erupted, her husband was deployed to France as a soldier, while she fled westward with their daughter. After the war, the couple was happily reunited. Mrs. Kretschmann outlived both her husband and daughter and currently resides in a nursing home in Kirchheim unter Teck, where she is regularly visited by her grandsons.

On August 8, 2023, she surpassed Josefine Ollmann’s final age, becoming Germany’s oldest woman ever. Then, on December 10, 2023, at the age of 114 years and 7 days, she surpassed the final age of an unvalidated claimant, Gustav Gerneth, securing her position as the undisputed oldest person to have ever lived in Germany.

Mrs. Kretschmann’s age has been validated through collaboration between LongeviQuest and the European Supercentenarian Organisation (ESO). We wish to convey our gratitude to the researchers and extend congratulations to her and her family for this recognition.

LongeviQuest is delighted to share that Klavdiya Gadyuchkina celebrated her claimed 114th birthday. She is a Russian supercentenarian validated by the European Supercentenarian Organisation. 

Klavdiya was born on 5 December 1910 (despite claiming it was 24 November 1909) in the village of Norskoye, Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia. Her validation type is classified as low-level classification so LongeviQuest is yet to acknowledge her age validation.

At the young age of 15, she started working at a spinning factory as an auxiliary worker. She then dedicated her career to this establishment by progressing into the roles of a spinner, assistant foreman, and production leader.

Undated photo from her early life. source: Gerontology Wiki

At some point in her life, she married Sergey Petrovich and had five children with him. Her eldest son was born right after the beginning of World War II while her youngest was born in 1945.  

When asked about her secret for having a long life, she would say “You have to work and treat everyone kindly.”

Klavdiya is currently staying in Yaroslavl, Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia. 

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

 

LongeviQuest representatives are attending the 15th Supercentenarian Seminar in Paris today. Organized by the French Institute for Demographic Studies (INED), the event is an opportunity for leading supercentenarian researchers to convene and discuss the latest research on the world’s oldest people. LongeviQuest Scientific Advisor Jimmy Lindberg, MSc, was the second speaker on the agenda. She presented her research on supercentenarians from Sweden, her home country.

LQ Scientific Advisor Jimmy Lindberg addressing the seminar
LQ Scientific Advisor Jimmy Lindberg addressing the seminar

LongeviQuest also participated in the traditional academic poster session, in which Lindberg was joined by Dr. Andrew Holmes, the representative of the European Supercentenarian Organisation on the Global Validation Commission. LongeviQuest’s poster featured corrections to the historical world’s oldest people list, most researched by Lindberg and approved by the Global Validation Commission. The retroactively recognized world’s oldest people are:

Conventions such as INED’s Supercentenarian Seminar enable collaboration between supercentenarian researchers from around the world. LongeviQuest is pleased to participate and we thank the INED and the International Database on Longevity for hosting the event.

LongeviQuest is glad to announce the addition of Anna Traxler to our ever-growing directory of supercentenarians. Her British-born American supercentenarian status was validated by the European Supercentenarian Organisation (ESO) on 29 August 2023.

Anna Traxler was born on 4 January 1893 in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom.

At some point in her life, she migrated to the United States where she married Isadore Traxler (1892-1981). The couple then had two children: Jane Klitsner and Dr. Jerome Jack Traxler.

Traxler passed away on 21 April 2003 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. She was 110 years and 107 days old at the time of her death.

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

It is with a heavy for LongeviQuest to share that Magda Janssens, the oldest person in Belgium, passed away peacefully on 18 September 2023. She was a Belgian supercentenarian known as the oldest living person in Belgium and the Benelux. Her age was validated by the European Supercentenarian Organisation (ESO) in 2022.

According to the news report, Magda passed away peacefully on Monday evening around 11 PM CET. It was a sad news reported from the Onze-Lieve-Vrouw van Troost Residential Care Center in Zandhoven, Antwerp, Belgium.

Sad News from the Residential Care Center

Care Center Director Charlotte Leemans shared that Magda had a particularly beautiful day when her family visited her on Monday. However, Magda’s daughter, Francine, sensed that it could be their last visit to her. That is why the family was very sad but also greatly appreciates the great times they had with Magda during her life. In the Director’s own words, “For all of us it is not only a personal loss – Magda was very much loved – but also the loss of an icon.” This is how she describes the passing of Magda Jenssens whom she also called as their Our Lady of Consolation.

Magda Janssens at 111th Birthday
Magda Janssens on her 111th birthday on March 16 this year. — © Joren De Weerdt
Retrieved from: https://www.nieuwsblad.be/cnt/dmf20230919_95358675

Magda Jenssens celebrated her 111th birthday on 16 March 2023 while looking so fragile. However, she was actually more optimistic this time rather than when she received the title of oldest resident of the Benelux in November 2022. She was happy to be there as the king and queen had a pot of flowers delivered for her. Her son, André (88 years old), was not able to attend the celebration due to COVID, but her daughter, Francine (76 years old), was present as she was also living in Zandhoven.

Biography

Magda Janssens was born on 16 March 1912 in the district of Deurne, Antwerp, Belgium. On 24 October 1936, she married her first husband who passed away on 23 April 1937. The next year, she remarried on 1 October 1938 and had four children with her second husband.

Janssens passed away on 18 September 2023 in Zandhoven, Antwerp, Belgium. At the time of her death, she was the oldest living person in Belgium and the Benelux at 111 years and 186 days old.

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

For more information, please visit Magda Janssens’ Directory Profile here.

LongeviQuest is delighted to share that Italy’s oldest living person, Domenica Ercolani, celebrated her 113th birthday. She is an Italian supercentenarian whose age has been validated by the European Supercentenarian Organisation (ESO).

Domenica Ercolani was born on 3 July 1910, in Urbino, Marche, Italy. In her 113 years of life, she witnessed the monarchy of the Kingdom of Italy, the first and “second” Italian Republic, and ten popes. She also survived three epidemics including the Spanish Flu 1918-1920, SARS 2004, and COVID-19.

She married Cristoforo, who was a railway station manager back then. The couple had two children whom she took care of as a housewife. Mrs. Ercolani liked gardening as she had a vegetable garden and flowers.

Undated photo. source: Gerontology Wiki

On 30 March 2021, she got her first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and became one of the oldest people to receive it.

At the time, she was living with her 87-year-old daughter, Alessandra. She is being taken care of by her daughter and grandchildren, Marco and Luca.

LongeviQuest extends our warm greetings to Mrs. Domenica Ercolani and her family for her 113th birthday celebration.

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

LongeviQuest is glad to report the addition of Carmelina Augusta Delgado to our ever-growing directory of supercentenarians.. She was the oldest living Portuguese supercentenarian in her country at the time of death. Her age was recently validated by the European Supercentenarian Organisation (ESO).

Delgado was born in the parish of Cabeça de Igreja (later annexed to the parish of Tuizelo), Municipality of Vinhais, Bragança, Portugal, on 8 November 1900. She left Bragança to live with her godmother, “Dona Inacinha” when she was 10 years old.

At the age of 106. (Source: Portal do Envelhecimento)
At the age of 106.
(Source: Portal do Envelhecimento)

Carmelina left her godmother when she was 23 years old to marry a policeman named Manuel António Gonçalves. Because of his husband’s field of work, they are always moving places as she was accompanying Manuel wherever he was deployed. The couple had two daughters together where one learned to work as a seamstress and the other went to study for school.

Carmelina Delgado passed away in Vimioso, Bragança, Portugal, on 19 May 2013.

For more information, please view Carmelina Augusta Delgado’s Directory Profile here.

The European Supercentenarian Organisation (ESO) is an Accredited Partner Organization of LongeviQuest. ESO researchers are represented on the Global Validation Commission by Dr. Andrew Holmes.

Marie-Rose Tessier recently celebrated her 113th birthday last 21 May 2023 in Chateau-d’Olonne. The European Supercentenarian Organisation (ESO) has validated her age on 8 February 2021. After Lucille Randon’s death on 17 January 1904, Marie-Rose became the oldest living person in France.

She was born as Marie-Rose Bousseau in a farm in Beaurepaire, Vendee, Pays de la Loire, France. Marie-Rose married Auguste Tessier on 14 November 1927.

Marie-Rose Tessier at 113 years
Marie-Rose Tessier at 113 years

She retired and lived in the Paris region together with her two daughters, but she is now staying in Chateau-d’Olonne, Vendee, Pays de la Loire, France.

For more information, please view Marie-Rose Tessier’s Directory Profile here.

LongeviQuest is glad to report the addition of Sylvia Corfield to our ever-growing directory of supercentenarians. She was an English supercentenarian born on 21 November 1912 in Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom. The European Supercentenarian Organisation (ESO) has validated the age of Sylvia at 110 years.

Her parents Thomas and Mary Aston had three children and she is the eldest after her younger brother and sister. Their family ran the village grocery store and bakery at that time.

She worked as a typist in Birmingham Pre-World War II and as the war emerged, she worked for British Motor Company that supplied the tanks for the forces.

Undated, with her husband. (Source: Rochdale Online)
Undated, with her husband.
(Source: Rochdale Online)

She married Douglas Corfield on 20 September 1947 and the couple had no child together. The two of them lived in Birmingham but later moved to Rochdale. After her husband passed away in 2008, she lived by herself until 2019.

She later moved to Highfield House Care in Heywood, Greater Manchester, England, in January 2020 where she lived until her own death on 18 December 2022. LongeviQuest extends their congratulations to the family of Mrs. Corfield on this posthumous recognition.

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