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Irmgard von Stephani
Irmgard von Stephani
Birth: 20 September 1895
Kassel, Germany
Death: 5 October 2007
Berlin, Germany
Age: 112 years, 15 days
Country: GER FlagGER

Imgard von Stephani (20 September 1895 – 5 October 2007) was a German supercentenarian who had been the oldest living person in Germany from the death of Frieda Müller on 21 July 2005 until her death on 5 October 2007.

Von Stephani was born in Kassel and spent her youth in Celle with her mother and sister after the passing of her father, a civil servant. In 1915 she went to Berlin.

Being an aristocratic did not demand to learn a profession but having a wealthy marriage but von Stephani never married or had children, so she started working as house keeper and nanny. She moved to Lankwitz around 1930 where she was living for another seven decades. In her 80s she inherited the mansion of her last employer but committed it to her relatives. Being convinced not to had an interesting life she traced her longevity to renouncing alcohol, cigarettes and being sportive. Being 111 von Stephani lived on her own until May 2007 when she moved into a nursing home where she spent her last months. Although having troubles with her eyesight and hearing she used to walk by an aid.

She was succeeded as Germany's oldest person by 111-year-old Elsa Tauser, who died herself just one day later, relinquishing the title to 111-year-old Frieda Borchert.[1][2]


  1. Solide lebt am längsten Berliner Zeitung. 21 September 2006
  2. Irmgard von Stephani (Geb. 1895) Der Tagesspiegel. 27 October 2007

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