Germaine Degueldre
Birth: 26 September 1900
Binche, Hainaut, Belgium
Death: 11 May 2012
Waudrez, Hainaut, Belgium
Age: 111 years, 228 days
Country: BEL FlagBEL

Germaine Degueldre (26 September 1900 – 11 May 2012) was a Belgian supercentenarian whose age is validated. At the time of her death, she was the oldest living person in Belgium, as well as the last living Belgian born in the 19th century.


Germaine Degueldre was born in Binche, Belgium on 26 September 1900. Later in her life, she married Yvon Degueldre. She was a housewife and assisted her husband who managed the family garage. The couple had two sons, Yvon et Max.

She became a widow when her husband died at age 88.

Her passions were music and drawing. She moved to retirement home Clairfayt in 2006. She was described as calm and very lucid and was very healthy at an advanced age; Germaine has always taken very few medications. She sleeps a lot, eats very well even though she has a small weakness for chocolate. Sometimes she recites to us poems from her childhood, she plays Lotto, dominoes with other residents. It is his secret of longevity, one of the Healthcare worked said about her.

Germaine Degueldre died unexpectedly (as she was still healthy the day before her death) on 11 May 2012 in Waudrez at the age of 111 years, 228 days. Following her death, Fanny Godin became the oldest living person in Belgium.


Belgium's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Maria Irma Casteur • Catharina Ververs • Marie de Ruyver • Joanna Deroover • Anne-Marie Vandermersch • Louis Marion • Victoire Ricaille • Maria Arnou-Verkeyn • Maria Annaert • Irma van de Voorde • Marcelle Droogmans • Romanie Pollet • Bernardina van Dommelen • Gabrielle Demets • Adrienne LedentGermaine Degueldre • Fanny Godin • Anna de Guchtenaere • Alicia Corveleyn • Fernande Everaert-De Raeve • Madeleine DullierElisabeth De Proost