Marion Hunter was a validated American supercentenarian who died in 2016 at the age of 110.

Marion Hunter was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, on 27 September 1905. Hunter attended prestigious schools and graduated from the University of Minnesota with an English degree. Though she never had a formal career, she supported her family and remained intellectually engaged. While her childhood dancing dreams were redirected to academics, she continued dancing with her husband, whom she met in high school.

Hunter and her husband built one of Edina’s first homes south of 50th Street, and she lived there for 76 years. They helped found the Edina Country Club while raising two daughters. After surviving breast cancer, Hunter volunteered at St. Barnabas Hospital and actively participated in The Woman’s Club for over 50 years. Remarkably, she kept a daily diary from her late teens until she was 106.

On her 110th birthday. (Source: Friendship Village of Bloomington)
On her 110th birthday.
(Source: Friendship Village of Bloomington)

Hunter passed away in Bloomington, Minnesota, USA, on 2 August 2016, at the age of 110 years, 310 days. She was survived by her two daughters, six grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

LongeviQuest congratulates Marion Hunter’s family on her posthumous recognition.

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

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Veronica Forstner of the United States at age 110. She was born in Sigel Township, Brown County, Minnesota, on 3 May 1905. She was a sister, a wife, and a mother to 6 children.

Despite facing surgeries for kidney stones, a hysterectomy, and even her gallbladder and cataracts, Forstner lived to 110. She stayed active, enjoying the newspaper, Minnesota Twins games, and church services. Though her hearing declined, she resisted hearing aids. As for her longevity secret, she simply said, “I just live,” though another interview mentioned plenty of sleep as a factor.

Undated. (Source: Find A Grave)
Undated.
(Source: Find A Grave)

On 18 June 2015, she became the oldest known living person in the U.S. state of Minnesota following the death of 110-year-old Hermina Wahlin.

Veronica Forstner passed away in New Ulm, Minnesota, USA, on 29 September 2015, at the age of 110 years, 149 days. She was survived by five of her children, 39 grandchildren, 70 great-grandchildren, and 35 great-great-grandchildren. Upon her passing, she was succeeded as Minnesota’s oldest living person by Lena Dick.

LongeviQuest congratulates Veronica Forstner’s family on her posthumous recognition.

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

LongeviQuest recently reviewed the case of Mary Curley of the United States– a previously validated supercentenarian who was a former longevity record-holder for the U.S. state of Minnesota (1992–2008). She was born in Chicago, Illinois, United States on 24 April 1867 and passed away in Waseca, Minnesota, United States on 29 May 1994.

Her case was researched by the Kestenbaum Study and validated by the Gerontology Research Group, with a birthdate of 21 November 1882, and a final age of 111 years, 189 days. However, in November 2023, following a thorough review of documentation uncovered by Jimmy Lindberg, the Global Validation Commission reached the conclusion that Curley’s claimed date of birth (21 November 1880) was accurate.

On 8 July 1990, following the death of 111-year-old Alice Barwise of Minneapolis, she became the oldest living person in the U.S. state of Minnesota.

On 22 April 1992, at the age of 111 years, 153 days, she surpassed Barwise’s final age, becoming the oldest known person to ever live in Minnesota. She subsequently became the first person in the state to reach the ages of 112 and 113. She held this record until her final age was surpassed by Catherine Hagel on 5 June 2008.

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

LongeviQuest is delighted to announce the age validation of Marie Willan of the United States at age 110. She was born in Wadena, Wadena County, Minnesota, United States on 29 April 1906. Her father was German, and her maternal grandparents were Austrian. She had eight younger siblings.

Willan went to St. Ann’s Catholic School, where she lived with the Benedictine nuns at their convent during the winter. When she was old enough to attend high school, her help was needed on the family farm. She eventually finished her education at the Beauty School in Chicago. On 10 May 1927, Willan got married, and the couple had one son. The family lived on the outskirts of Wadena for many years before moving into town in the 1960s. She worked as a seamstress at the Wadena Singer Sewing Center. Willan got married to her second husband on 2 April 1984.

Undated. (Source: Detroit Lakes Tribune)
(Source: Detroit Lakes Tribune)

In 2007, at 101, she received an honorary high school diploma from Wadena-Deer Creek High School. In 2009, she was the Wadena June Jubilee Parade Grand Marshal.

Willan passed away in Wadena, Wadena County, Minnesota, USA, on 25 November 2016, at the age of 110. She was survived by her son, 6 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 9 great-great-grandchildren, and one brother, Herbert Nicholas (1924–2019).

LongeviQuest congratulates Marie Willan’s family on her posthumous recognition.

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

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Orphea Mattsfield at 110 years old. She was an American supercentenarian known as the third-oldest living person in Minnesota, USA, at the time of her death.

Orphea Mattsfield was born on 5 November 1911 in Ellsworth Township, Meeker County, Minnesota, USA.

On 31 August 1932, she was married to Henry William Mattsfield and the two of them settled on the family farm. This is where they would raise livestock and cultivate various crops until they retire in 1978. Orphea also worked for the local US Department of Agriculture office for twelve years. After the couple retired from farming, they sold the farm and relocated to a second home.

On her 110th birthday. (Source: Hutchinson Leader)
On her 110th birthday.
(Source: Hutchinson Leader)

In 1997, the couple moved to Emmaus Place Senior Housing in Litchfield. Unfortunately, just two before they can celebrate their 74th wedding anniversary, her husband passed away in 2006.

Orphea Mattsfield passed away on 21 November 2021 in Litchfield, Minnesota, USA. She was 110 years old and recognized as the third-oldest living person in Minnesota at the time of her death.

For more information, please visit Orphea Mattsfield’s Directory Profile here.

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of Rose Thayer of the United States at age 110. She was born in Dakota, Minnesota, United States on 1 September 1905. She was a wife and a mother to 2 sons.

On her 110th birthday in 2015.
(Source: Daily Jefferson County Union)

Thayer lived with her son from 1984 until 2012. At the age of 83, she moved to a nursing home in Jefferson, Wisconsin, where she enjoyed playing bingo, church services, baking, going for walks outdoors, and phone calls and visits from her family. At the time of her 110th birthday in 2015, she credited her longevity to “God, who has the plan,” as well as eating sunflower seeds.

Rose Thayer died in Jefferson, Wisconsin, on 16 August 2016 at the age of 110 years, 350 days.

LongeviQuest congratulates Rose Thayer’s family on her posthumous recognition.

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

LongeviQuest is delighted to announce the age validation of Lillian Moran at 112 years old. She is an American supercentenarian currently known as the oldest living person in Minnesota, USA.

Lillian Moran was born on 18 March 1911 in Maddock, North Dakota, USA, to parents Jacob Jacobson and Emma Julia Nottestad. Her father was a farmer, so Lillian grew up milking cows and working the fields.

Moran with her father in 1914. (Source: CBS News Minnesota)
Moran with her father in 1914.
(Source: CBS News Minnesota)

In 1940, she was married to John Moran, and the couple had a son named Gary Wayne Moran. The couple farmed near the small town of Flora until her husband passed away in 1963. She then lived in Minnewaukan, North Dakota, for some time before she decided to move into an assisted living facility when she was 98 years old.

Lillian celebrated her 112th birthday late in May 2023 instead of March after she tested positive for COVID-19 during that time. On a positive note, this was the second time she beat and survived the virus.

Lillian Moran currently resides in Moorhead, Minnesota, USA.

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

LongviQuest is delighted to announce that Alma Leuthner’s age of 110 years old has been validated. She was an American supercentenarian known as the third-oldest living person in Minnesota, USA, at the time of her death.

Alma Leuthner was born on 19 May 1910 in Long Prairie, Minnesota, USA. She studied music along with her three sisters from the local nuns, where Alma learned to play the piano and the violin. She graduated from Long Prairie High School and then attended St. Cloud College of Business in the late 1920s.

At the age of 18. (Source: Alexandria Echo Press)
At the age of 18.
(Source: Alexandria Echo Press)

In 1930, she met her future husband after moving to Alexandria, Minnesota. She later married John Leuthner on 1 May 1933 and the couple had three children together.

When she was 98 years old, she stopped driving and then moved into a nursing home.

Alma Leuthner passed away on 9 October 2020 at Knute Nelson Care Center in Alexandria, Minnesota, USA. She was 110 years old at the time of her death and the third-oldest living person in Minnesota after Erna Zahn and Opal Johnson.

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

LongeviQuest is delighted to announce the age validation of Alpha Anderson at 110 years old. She was an American supercentenarian born on 21 January 1910 in Minnesota, United States.

She was the youngest of five children in a devoted Christian family. Anderson spent most of her childhood attending church activities at Bethany Covenant Church in Minneapolis.

She started working at Butler Brothers Company a day before graduating from South High School in 1928. She was employed here for the next twelve years, and it was also at this workplace where she met her future husband, Herman Anderson. The couple dated for several years before getting married on 7 September 1940.

Undated. (Source: Washburn-McReavy)
Undated.
(Source: Washburn-McReavy)

They are also involved in the ministries of the various congregations where they served together over the next thirty-five years of their life. Unfortunately, Mr. Anderson passed away in 1991 due to a stroke.

Alpha Anderson passed away on 25 May 2020 in Golden Valley, Minnesota, USA. She was 110 years old at the time of her death and she was survived by her two sons, seven grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

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

 

LongeviQuest has validated the age claim of Rose Mary “Thea” Theissen of Minnesota, United States.

Undated. (Source: Tribute Archive)
Undated.
(Source: Tribute Archive)

She was born in Breckenridge, Minnesota, USA on 28 December 1907, and passed away in Merrill, Wisconsin, USA on 23 May 2018 at the age of 110 years old. She was the third of four children of German parents. She was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church in Merrill.

After graduating from Breckenridge High School, she continued her education at the State School of Science in Wahpeton, North Dakota. In 1929, she married Elmer Theissen, a pharmacist. They moved to Fort Madison, Iowa, where they bought the Ford Hopkins Drug Store and renamed it to Theissen Rexall Drug. Her husband passed away in 1991.

On her death, she was survived by her three daughters, 13 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren, and 16 great-great-grandchildren.

LongeviQuest congratulates Mrs. Theissen’s family on her posthumous recognition.

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