16 May 2008

RIP: Astrid Zachrison

Astrid Zachrison
15 May 1895 - 14 May 2008

ZUI this article from The Local:
Astrid Zachrison, Sweden’s oldest person, passed away on Wednesday night, just shy of what would have been her 113th birthday on Thursday.


Sweden’s former oldest person was Elsa Moberg, who died at 2001 at the age of 112 years and 143 days.

According to the Gerontology Research Group (GRG), Zachrison was the seventh-oldest person in the world at the time of her death. The GRG currently do not have any other Swedes on their list of validated living supercentenarians (people who have reached their 110th birthday).

Zachrison is the tenth supercentenarian to die since the death of Kaku Yamanaka on 5 Apr 08. The others were Anna Monti-Arnaboldi of Italy (19 Oct 1897-6 Apr 2008), Nellie Jones of Michigan (30 Jan 1897-9 Apr 2008), Elizabeth Stefan of Connecticut (13 May 1895-9 Apr 2008), Cora Boggs Gentry of Alabama (14 Apr 1897-11 Apr 2008), Angela Sottili-Feroldi of Italy (21 Feb 1898-11 Apr 2008), Helen Johnson of Oregon (20 Jul 1896-17 Apr 2008), (Mildred) Chrissie Martenstein of California (9 Jun 1897-18 Apr 2008), Hulda Carlsson of Sweden (2 Feb 1898-22 Apr 2008) and Maria Campagna of Italy (1 Aug 1897-2 May 2008).

At the time I write this, the GRG's list of living supercentenarians has not been updated to reflect Zachrison's death. Other than her, it currently includes 76 people (11 men and 65 women), ranging from Edna Parker of Indiana (born 20 Apr 1893) to Maria-Lucia Ugual Pistrelli of Italy (born 3 Apr 1898).

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