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 Hazel Nilson of the United States at age 111. She was born in Chicago, Illinois, United States on 21 August 1908 to German-born parents. After high school, she and her future husband enrolled in a physical education school affiliated with Indiana University. They married in 1932 and had two sons. In 1964, they retired to a house on Stone Lake in Wisconsin.

With her husband. (Source: apg-wi.com)
With her husband.
(Source: apg-wi.com)

Nilson kept driving until she was 104 and lived independently until she moved to New Hampshire at 106. She was a devout member of the First Lutheran Church of Stone Lake and led exercise classes at her assisted living facility. Nilson also regularly attended the Kearsarge Community Presbyterian Church in New London, New Hampshire.

Nilson passed away after a short hospitalization in Sunapee, New Hampshire, USA, on 20 November 2019, at the age of 111 years, 91 days. At the time of her death, she was the oldest living person in the U.S. state of New Hampshire. She was survived by two daughters-in-law, six grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

LongeviQuest congratulates Hazel Nilson’s family on her posthumous recognition.

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

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Gladys Schlossman at 111 years old. She was an American supercentenarian born on 7 February 1908 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Glady got her Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University where she was admitted to Delta Mu Delta. It is a prestigious international business honor society that recognizes academic excellence among students. She was also included into Phi Chi Theta which is a professional co-educational society in the field of business and economics. Gladys was also a member of the American Society of Women Accountants.

Undated. (Source: The Dignity Memorial)
Undated.
(Source: The Dignity Memorial)

On 14 November 1931, she was married to Arthur Schlossman and the two of them had no children together. Aside from being a bookworm, Gladys loves to travel with her three sisters and her husband. Together they explored Europe and the United States and would spend winters in Florida with Arthur.

Her husband passed away on 25 January 1995. On the other hand, Mrs. Schlossman died on 3 March 2019 in Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA, when she was 111 years and 24 days old.

For more information, please visit Gladys Schlossman’s Directory Profile here.

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Ara Prahm of the United States at age 110. She was born in Rosamond, Illinois, United States on 4 January 1868. In 1893, the family moved to Vandalia. As a child, her father purchased the Vandalia Union, a weekly newspaper that he continued to publish for many years. Prahm’s brothers later owned the company, until they sold their interests in 1945.

As a young woman. (Source: The 110 Club)
As a young woman.
(Source: The 110 Club)

In 1907, Prahm got married to her husband. They moved to St. Louis, where her husband worked for the Big Four Railroad. At some point, she returned to Vandalia and became the community’s first telephone operator.

On her 105th birthday in 1973. (Source: The Rock Island Argus)
On her 105th birthday in 1973.
(Source: The Rock Island Argus)

Prahm continued to attend the First Methodist Church until her late 90s. On her 100th birthday, her younger brother, Ira, was still alive and approaching his 93rd birthday. He passed away in June of that same year. At the time, Prahm was still reading a lot, sewing, and watching television. However, at the age of 101, she fell unconscious while running upstairs and broke her ankle. After this, she decided to move into a nursing home.

Prahm passed away in Vandalia, Illinois, USA, on 10 May 1978, at the age of 110 years, 126 days.

On 13 April 1978, following the death of 110-year-old Nellie Renne, she became the oldest known living person in the U.S. state of Illinois. Following Prahm’s death, Gertrude Stunkel became the oldest known living person in the state.

LongeviQuest congratulates Ara Prahm’s family on her posthumous recognition.

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

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of James Holt at 111 years old. He was an American supercentenarian born on 25 December 1865.

He was born in Edwards, Illinois, USA, to parents Joseph and Martha Pelham Holt. James and his three brothers were sent to Cannon, Tennessee after their parents passed away in 1868 which made them young orphans.

He was already living independently at the age of 13 years old where he would work and travel throughout multiple states in the 1870s. According to him, he lived with the chief of a Native American tribe in Missouri for several years before he went to work as a cowboy in Oklahoma 1889 Land Rush.

James Holt with his wife in an undated photo.
(Source: The 110 Club)

James married Clara Hyder on 1 November 1899 in Lamar, Missouri. The couple had five children together. Their marriage went on for 38 years just before Clara died in 1937. He was remarried to another woman who also died 18 years later after the wedding.

In his later years, James began living with one of his daughters in Oklahoma City.

James Holt passed away on 7 January 1977 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. He was 111 years and 13 days old at the time of his death.

For more information, please visit James Holt’s Directory Profile here.

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Doris Noreen at 110 years old. She is an American supercentenarian born on 15 September 1913 in Rockford, Illinois, USA.

In 1942, she married Carroll Noreen who unfortunately passed away six years after their wedding due to a heart condition. After this, Doris was left to raise their two daughters alone. She moved back to live with her parents to have a support in raising the kids while she worked at the Barber-Colman factory. She remained in this textile and milling machinery manufacturing company for 29 years until Doris retired in 1978.

In September 2023, aged 110. (Source: Rockford Register Star)
In September 2023, aged 110.
(Source: Rockford Register Star)

Upon reaching 98 years old, she moved into a continuing care retirement community where she is currently residing now.

For more information, please visit Doris Noreen’s Directory Profile here.

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Wenonah Bish of the United States at age 111. She was born in Springfield, Illinois, United States on 2 October 1912. She was a wife and a mother to 2 children.

A few days before her 111th birthday in 2023. (Source: The State Journal-Register)
A few days before her 111th birthday in 2023.
(Source: The State Journal-Register)

At the age of 109, she underwent hip replacement surgery. She recovered from COVID-19 on two occasions. As of her 111th birthday in October 2023, she was the second-oldest known living person in the U.S. state of Illinois, behind Susie Lewis (born 11 August 1911).

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

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Mabel Hyde of the United States at age 111. She was born in Gallipolis, Gallia County, Ohio, United States on 23 April 1864. In her youth, she lived in Illinois and Kansas. Hyde was a wife and a mother to 3 sons. Their family was among the first non-Native American settlers of the Oklahoma Territory upon its opening in 1889.

Hyde on her 100th birthday (Source: Toledo Blade)

When Hyde was older, she moved to Fresno, California. She still enjoyed salmon fishing in the Sacramento River at the age of 99. And as a centenarian, she was a big fan of the San Francisco Giants baseball team. Hyde may have become California’s oldest resident following the death of 111-year-old Ettie Crist on 10 January 1974.

Hyde died in Fresno, Fresno County, California, United States on 13 August 1975 at the age of 111 years, 112 days. At the time of death, Hyde was the second-oldest known person in the United States and the third-oldest known in the world, after Mary Bittlebrun and Niwa Kawamoto of Japan.

LongeviQuest congratulates Mabel Hyde’s family on her posthumous recognition.

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

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Nancy Merriman at 112 years old. She was the first African-American supercentenarian whose age has been validated by LongeviQuest.

Nancy Merriman was born on her father’s 300-acre farm near Waterloo, Illinois, USA, on 19 December 1841. Around the age of 8, Nancy and her family relocated to Lebanon where they lived for 18 years.

When Nancy’s parents passed away, she moved back to East Carondelet, Illinois. This is where she married Sylvester Merriman, with whom she had seven daughters with. The couple was separated after 12 years of marriage and so Nancy relocated to St. Louis, Illinois, where her daughters received education.

Shortly after her 111th birthday. (Source: United Press International)
Shortly after her 111th birthday.
(Source: United Press International)

In 1927, she moved to Chicago and continued working as a laundress until she was 75 years old. After turning 100 years old, her eyesight started to significantly deteriorate.

Nancy Merriman passed away on 14 January 1954 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She was 112 years and 26 days old, making her the first African-American supercentenarian at the time of her death.

For more information, please visit Nancy Merriman’s Directory Profile here.

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Mary Mack of the United States at age 110. She was born in Mary Penn in Terry, Mississippi, USA, on 2 April 1909. As a girl, she picked cotton by hand on the family farm. She also had three brothers and ten sisters.

On her 105th birthday. (Source: Peoria Journal Star)
On her 105th birthday.
(Source: Peoria Journal Star)

Mack was a wife and a mother to 12 children. The family lived in a small home where they used the fireplace as a stove, and owned an ice box refrigerator made of wood, several feet high with one handle on the cabinet door. To support her children, Mack started an in-house daycare, charging $1 per child per day. She babysat over 50 children over several decades.

Mack passed away in Peoria, Illinois, USA, on 2 August 2019, at the age of 110 years, 122 days. She was survived by 1 younger sister, 10 children (six sons and four daughters), and an unspecified number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. At the time of death, she was among the oldest living people in the U.S. state of Illinois.

LongeviQuest congratulates Mrs. Mary Mack’s family on her posthumous recognition.

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