With great sadness, LongeviQuest reports that Esther Groneman passed away at 110. She passed away on 29 February 2024 in Lincolnville, Kansas, USA.   

Esther Margreta Louise Groneman was born on 18 December 1913 in Lincolnville, Kansas. She was baptized into the Christian faith on 25 January 1914 and confirmed on 29 April 1928 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lincolnville.   

She married Arthur August Henry Groneman on 11 June 1935 at the same church.

Esther Groneman
Esther Groneman

She spent her life on their farm east of Lincolnville, assisting her husband with various tasks such as milking cows, harvesting wheat, and hand-picking corn. Esther found joy in gardening, canning, baking, sewing, and tending to their fruit trees. She enjoyed cultivating various flowers, including irises, poppies, and other blooms.   

Esther is survived by four children, six grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren.   

A funeral service will be held on Monday, March 4, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lincolnville, Kansas.  

LongeviQuest sends our deepest condolences to the bereaved family and friends of Esther Groneman.

It is with a heavy heart that LongeviQuest reports Catherina van der Linden’s demise at 111. She was an Australian supercentenarian known as the oldest living person in the country at the time of her death. 

Catherina van der Linden was born on 26 August 1912 in Amersfoort, Utrecht, Netherlands. 

Before turning 28 years old, she married Johannes (John) Wouterus van der Linden with whom she had four children with.

John and Catherina van der Linden with their children at Glenelg in 1958. (Source: The Senior)
John and Catherina van der Linden with their children at Glenelg in 1958.
(Source: The Senior)

Catherina and her husband emigrated to Australia in 1955 but returned to the Netherlands in 1958 due to cultural differences. However, 18 months later, the family returned to Australia and permanently settled in Adelaide. 

Catherina passed away on 26 January 2024 in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia. 

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

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

It is with a heavy heart for LongeviQuest to report that Theo Ricker, passed away at 111 years old. She was an American supercentenarian known as the oldest living person in New Hampshire, USA.

Ricker was born in Northumberland, New Hampshire, USA, on 1 March 1912, to parents George F. York and Jessie O’Meara. She had three brothers: Rex, Max, and Horace.  

She graduated from Groveton High School and subsequently attended Wilfred Academy Beauty School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Upon completing her studies, she returned to New Hampshire, where she lived and worked in the Lancaster area until she moved to Woodsville in 1938.

Theo Ricker at 111
Theo Ricker at 111

Ricker was married twice. She had a son from her first marriage, Richard H. Mayberry (died 2005). Her second husband was Nelson C. Ricker (died 1982), who had two sons from his first marriage: Philip (died 2010) and Paul (died 2012).  

Her interests included playing Scrabble, indulging in reading, and tending to her garden.  

Ricker passed away in North Haverhill, New Hampshire, USA, on 4 January 2024, at the age of 111 years, 309 days. At the time of death, she was the oldest (known) living person in the U.S. state of New Hampshire. 

LongeviQuest sends our deepest condolences to the bereaved family and friends of Theo Ricker.

It is with a heavy heart for LongeviQuest to report that Ruth Brown of New Hampshire, USA, passed away at 110 years old. 

Brown was born on 14 June 1913 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. She finished her eighth grade as the top student but needed to drop out of school so she could assist her parents in raising her younger siblings. 

On 28 May 1938, she was married to Robert Homer “Bob” Brown from Swissvale who was a federal air traffic controller at that time. The couple then had two daughters and they lived in the Pittsburgh suburbs for many years. 

Ruth Brown at 106

In 1962, the Pittsburgh Air Traffic Control Center was relocated to Oberlin, Ohio, and so the family had to move there a year later. 

Ruth Brown passed away on 5 December 2023 at Langdon Place of Nashua senior living community in Nashua, New Hampshire, USA. 

LongeviQuest sends our deepest condolences to the bereaved families and friends of Mrs. Ruth Brown. 

For more information, please visit Ruth Brown’s Directory Profile here. 

It is with a heavy heart for LongeviQuest to share that Herbert Wolding passed away at 111 years old. He was an American supercentenarian known as the oldest living man in Wisconsin at the time of his death.

Mr. Wolding founded H.O. Wolding Inc. in 1935 where he started a single-man milk route and made it grow into a large dry van truckload company with more than 320 trucks today. Trucking news platform, CDLLife, reported Herbert’s passing last week.

LongeviQuest also confirmed that Herbert Wolding passed away on 17 November 2023 at the age of 111 years old. At the time of his death, he was oldest-validated living man in Wisconsin and in the whole United States.

Born on 15 October 1912, Herbert was born to Norwegian parents and had at least one brother. He attended Amherst High School until eighth grade but never graduated. He left school to assist his family with their business.

Aged 109. (Source: Facebook)
Aged 109.
(Source: Facebook)

He recently celebrated his 111th birthday in Portgage, Wisconsin, USA, on 15 October 2023. Unfortunately, Mr. Wolding passed away last week, 17 November 2023 in Nelsonville, Wisconsin, USA.

LongeviQuest sends our deepest condolences to the bereaved family and friends of Mr. Herbert.

For more information, please visit Herbert Wolding’s Directory Profile here.

LongeviQuest is saddened to report that Madeleine Stanley, Ontario’s third-oldest living person, passed away at 110 years old. She was a British-born supercentenarian who is one of the oldest living residents of Ontario, Canada, at the time of her death.

Madeleine was born on 8 February 1913 in Harlington, Middlesex, United Kingdom.

She won many racing trophies while using her MG and AJS motorbikes. During World War II, she headed a group of female drivers.

In 1947, Madeleine emigrated to Canada and married Keith Stanley. The couple then had a son after settling on a farm in Broadbent, Ontario.

Stanley in middle age

In 1960, the family moved to Parry Sound, Ontario, where she was worked as a chef in various restaurants.

Shortly after celebrating her 108th birthday in 2021, she claimed that her secret to longevity was “You have to live a little on the wild side.”

Mrs. Stanley passed away on 5 November 2023, in Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada.

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

For more information, please visit Madeleine Stanley’s Directory Profile here.

It is with a heavy heart for LongeviQuest to share that Jaak Broekx, the oldest man from Belgium, passed away at 109 years old. He was a Belgian centenarian who was the title holder for being the country’s oldest man at the time of his death.

Henricus Petrus Jacobus (Jaak) Broekx was born on 6 August 1914 in Bree, Limburg, Belgium.

Jaak spent his entire life working as a farmer until he was 100 years old. He never had a wife nor any children. He lived with his sister Christine until she passed away on 14 March 2015, when she was 97 years old.

As a young man. (Photo credit: rv/Greet Henderix)
As a young man.
(Photo credit: rv/Greet Henderix)

In 2020, Jaak moved into a nursing home as he was unable to maintain an independent life because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The nursing home reported that he was never ill during his stay with them. However, during his last moments, he was already using a wheelchair and was hard of hearing. On a positive note, he remained mentally sharp until he passed away.

Broekx died in a peaceful manner after falling asleep. He passed away in the morning of 31 October 2023 in Bree, Limberg, Belgium, at the age of 109 years old.

At the time of his death, he was the oldest living man in Belgium.

LongeviQuest extends our deepest condolences to the bereaved family and friends of Jaak Broekx.

For more information, please visit Jaak Broekx‘s Directory Profile here.

 

It is with a heavy heart for LongeviQuest to announce that Susan Keane, the oldest person from New Jersey, USA, passed away at 111 years old. She was an American supercentenarian who was possibly the oldest living Irish woman in the world at the time of her death.

Susan Keane was born on 14 October 1912 in Long Island City, New York, USA. She had an Irish immigrant parent and a twin sister as well as a younger sister.

In 1948, she was married to Peter Keane, and had two children together. The two of them moved to Allendale, New Jersey in 1960.

On her 110th birthday. (Source: Facebook/Allendale Police)
On her 110th birthday.
(Source: Facebook/Allendale Police)

Susan Keane passed away on 22 October 2023 in Allendale, New Jersey, USA. She was 111 years and 8 days old at the time of her death. At this point, she was survived by her daughter and son-in-law, five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

LongeviQuest extends our deepest condolences to the bereaved family and friends of Susan.

For more information, please visit Susan Keane’s Directory Profile here.

It is with a heavy heart for LongeviQuest to report that Rosa De Vita passed away at 112 years old. She was an Italian supercentenarian known as the fourth-oldest living person in the country.

Moio della Civitella’s Mayor Enrico Gnarra reported the passing away of Rosa De Vita by stating “Grandma Rosa will forever remain a great example of life. We will carry her in our hearts.”

Rosa De Vita was born on 8 February 1911 in Moio della Civitella, Salerno, Campania, Italy.

On her 112th birthday. (Source: SalernoToday)
On her 112th birthday.
(Source: SalernoToday)

At some point in her life, she married someone who emigrated to Venezuela in the mid-1950s. Following her husband’s death, Rosa was left alone to raise their son. She spent her life in a native village.

Rosa De Vita passed away on 11 October 2023 in Moio della Civitella.

LongeviQuest extends our deepest condolences to the bereaved family and friends of Rosa.

For more information, please visit Rosa De Vita’s Directory Profile here.

LongeviQuest is saddened to report that Ejra Grimstam, Sweden’s third-oldest living person, passed away at 111 years old.

Ejra Grimstam was born on 29 June 1912 in Sjötofta, Västra Götaland, Sweden.

In 1945, she married her husband Thure and had two daughters named Maj-Britt and Siv. The family settled in Oskarström, outside Halmstad. Unfortunately, her husband died in 1992 so she moved to the municipality of Ale so she could be close to her daughter Siv. Around 2013, Ejra moved to the Backavik Nursing Home found in Nödinge.

Aged 110. (Source: Alekuriren)
Aged 110.
(Source: Alekuriren)

Ejra Grimstam passed away on 25 September 2023 in Nödinge-Nol, Västra Götaland, Sweden. At the time of her death, she was 111 years old and considered as the country’s third-oldest living person behind Gunborg Hancock and Agnes Boström.

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

For more information, please visit Ejra Grimstam’s Directory Profile here.