09 October 2007

RIP: Irmgard von Stephani and Elsa Tauser

Irmgard von Stephani
20 Sep 1895 - 5 Oct 2007

The oldest person in Germany died last week. ZUI this article at Monsters and Critics News:
The oldest person in Germany, Irmgard von Stephani, has died at the age of 112, only five months after moving out of her little apartment into an old people's home, welfare staff said.

Von Stephani never married or had children.

According to the Gerontology Research Group, Fräulein von Stephani had been the 22nd-oldest living person in the world. With her death, Elsa Tauser (who had been the 46th-oldest person) became the oldest living person in Germany.

Elsa Tauser
10 Jul 1896 - 6 Oct 2007

Frau Tauser only held the title for one day. ZUI this article (in German) from Welt Online:
Elsa Tauser aus Hoisdorf nördlich von Hamburg ist für nur einen Tag die älteste Frau Deutschlands gewesen. Nach dem Tod von Irmgard von Stephani, die am Freitag mit 112 Jahren in Berlin gestorben ist, war keine Bundesbürgerin älter als die 111-jährige Elsa. Auch sie selbst starb jedoch schon am Samstagmorgen.

(My translation: Elsa Tauser, from Hoisdorf, north of Hamburg, has only been the oldest woman in Germany for one day. After the death of Irmgard von Stephani, who died on Friday in Berlin at the age of 112, there was no German woman older than the 111-year-old Elsa. And she herself died early on Saturday morning.)

With the deaths of Frl von Stephani and Fr Tauser, the Gerontology Research Group's list of supercentenarians includes 75 names - 68 women and 7 men. (None of them live in Germany, although Helen Johnson and Berta Rosenberg - numbers 45 and 50 on the list - both of whom live in the US, were born in Germany in 1896.)

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