Gustav Gerneth at age 109
|Birth:||15 October 1905|
Stettin, Prussia, German Empire (now Szczecin, Poland)
113 years, 129 days
Gustav Gerneth was born on 15 October 1905 in Stettin in the province of Pomerania, Prussia, which was then part of the German Empire but is now Poland. There, he was trained as machinist and started his career by seafaring in 1924. In 1930, he married his wife Charlotte Grubert, the daughter of his employer who owned a ship anchored in Havelberg. The couple raised three sons in Stettin, again. Mr. Gerneth serviced in World War II and was captured by Russian corps until 1947. Later the family moved to Havelberg and Gerneth worked in the local gas plant until his retirement in 1972. His wife died in 1988.
At the time of his 110th birthday, Gustav Gerneth was the seventh German man to become a supercentenarian. He was reported to have outlived his sons, being in their 80s, by the age of 109. Until the age of 107, he purchased everything on his own. Later, his family started taking care of him but Gerneth is still able to take care of himself, being interested in today's politics and sports.
On 15 October 2017, Gustav Gerneth celebrated his 112th birthday, being the first German man ever to do so. He was also the first ever German-born person to turn 113 (not counting emigrants). Being asked for his secret of longevity, Gerneth trusts in good meals (always butter, never margerine), no alcohol or cigarettes but also no active sports.
At the age of 113, he was reported living still on his own in Havelberg, inhabiting the same apartment for more than 45 years. His granddaughter takes care of him. After the death of Masazo Nonaka on 20 January 2019, Gerneth is a claimant to the title of the world’s oldest man, as well as possibly the last surviving man born in 1905.
- Gustav Gerneth feiert seinen "107." Volksstimme. 16 October 2012
- Herr Gerneth steht mit 109 noch am Herd Volksstimme. 16 October 2014
- Ich bin 109 und schmeiße den Haushalt selbst Bild. 28 November 2014
- Ältester Deutscher feiert 110. Geburtstag MDR. 15 October 2015
- Deutschlands ältester Mann Gustav Gerneth feiert 111. Geburtstag Rundschau online. 15 October 2016
- Ältester Deutscher ist ein Havelberger Volksstimme. 15 October 2016
- Opa Gustav wird heute 113 Jahre alt Bild. 15 October 2018
|Germany's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (V • E)|
Maria Corba • Elfried Libbert • Paula Baumgartner • Gertrud Pannwitz • Ottilie Aleith • Karolina Kruger • Franziska Umrath • Pauline Spyra • Wilhelm Lehnen • Marie Stegmann • Wilhelm Schorner • Maria Laqua • Rosalia Hasenkampf • Magdalene Regener • Anna Stephan • Lina Zimmer • Hermann Dornemann • Frieda Muller • Irmgard von Stephani • Elsa Tauser • Frieda Borchert • Emma Joisten • Alwine Werner • Zhenya Broytman • Frieda Schmidt • Berta Zeisler • Charlotte Bauch • Karolina Grober • Elisabeth Schneider • Gertrud Henze • Frieda Szwillus • Johanna Klink • Charlotte Klamroth • Margarete Dannheimer • Else Ronsch • Herta Oeser • Gustav Gerneth