Johanna Klink at age 111
|Birth:||17 January 1903|
Siemianowitz-Laurahütte, German Empire (now Siemianowice Śląskie, Poland)
|Death:||20 February 2015|
Oschatz, Saxony, Germany
|Age:||112 years, 34 days|
Johanna was born on 17 January 1903 in Siemianowitz-Laurahütte, German Empire (now Siemianowice Śląskie, Silesia Voivodeship, Poland) as one of three sisters. Her youngest sister died aged 98 in 2005. The other one, Maria Gebel (born 19 November 1906 near Rybnik) died shortly before Klink's 109th birthday at age 105. She was Soltau's oldest citizen.
Klink married three times, and had one daughter called Helga (born around 1938), who preceded her in death. In 1945 Klink and her family fled to Oschatz, where she was living for the rest of her life. She retired in 1963 after being a house maid.
She moved into a nursing home at age 101 in 2004. She remained in a good physical and mental shape. Her claimed aim was to become older than Johannes Heesters, who was nearly one year younger than her. She finally survived him by 3 more years. Klink enjoyed solid plain fare (especially butter and drops of grease in her soups) but also singing and having contact to other people. It was also reported she started learning English vocabulary being a centenarian. At age 102 she broke her hip but recovered quickly and was able to walk with an aid until at least September 2014 when she had a fall. She was also aware of becoming Germanys oldest living person with the passing of Frieda Szwillus on 21 September 2014.
She spent her 112th birthday in bed, being weak but mentally present. The media were not invited like the years before. Johanna Klink died during the night from 19 to 20 February 2015 aged 112 years and 33 or 34 days, being the 5th-oldest person in Germany ever.
- GERONTOLOGY RESEARCH GROUP
- Maria Gebel liest mit 103 Jahren noch täglich Zeitung Böhme Zeitung. 17 May 2010
- Oschatzerin Johanna Klink mit 109 Jahren die zweitälteste Bürgerin in Sachsen Leipziger Volkszeitung. 17 January 2012
- Oschatzerin ist mit 111 Jahren älteste Sächsin Leipziger Volkszeitung. 17 January 2014
- Älteste Sächsin feiert in Oschatz ihren 112. Geburtstag Lausitzer Rundschau. 19 January 2015
- Älteste Deutsche gestorben n-tv. 23 February 2015
|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