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Marie Josephine Gaudette
Sour Cecilia
Birth: 25 March 1902
Manchester, New Hampshire, USA
Death: 13 July 2017
Rome, Lazio, Italy
Age: 115 years, 110 days
Country: USA FlagUSAITA Flag ITA
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Marie-Josephine Gaudette (known as Sister Cecilia; 25 March 1902 – 13 July 2017) was an American-born Italian supercentenarian, who was the oldest living American-born person and U.S. citizen from the death of Susannah Mushatt Jones until her own death. Following the death of Emma Morano, she was also the oldest living person in Italy, and the second-oldest living person in Europe. She is also the oldest person ever to have been born in the US state of New Hampshire, and was the oldest nun ever on record (passing Eugenie Blanchard, who died in 2010 at age 114).

Biography

Marie-Josephine Clarice was born in Manchester, New Hampshire, United States, on 25 March 1902. She soon decided to become a nun. She lived in Canada and France, where she taught art & music, before settling in a convent in Rome, Italy in 1958.

Later life

During the 2008 U.S. presidential election, she gained worldwide attention as one of the oldest voters (after a 56 year hiatus) at age 106. She voted for Barack Obama, who eventually ended up winning the election against the Republicans' candidate John McCain.

At the time, she was reported to be in good overall shape, other than diminishing hearing ability. She later stated slight discomfort about the increased attention she was getting. At age 110, she was still able to write on a typewriter.

Gaudette died in Rome, Lazio, Italy, on 13 July 2017 at the age of 115 years, 110 days.

References

See also

Italy's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Maria Fionda • Maria Luisa Pepe • Carmela Sansone • Paolina Picchi • Marta Cerruti • Eugenia Raco • Francesco Paba • Maria Irrigato • Francesco Soldati Gabbini • Peppa Ferrante • Giuseppina Misasi • Vincenza Pannuti • Maria Imperiali • Ulrico Miani • Assunta Mazzotta • Caterina Cipolla • Lida Bertonati • Nazzarena Di Leo • Santa Caddeo • Carolina Piatti • Annunziata Di Vincenzo • Luigi Saba • Ida Pietrobon • Giuseppe De Bonis • Cesare Di Claudio • Ottavia Trafeli • Rosalinda Del Duca • Paolo Gioletta • Luigina Pepe • Francesca Adelfio • Domenico Minervino • Maddalena Figone • Maria Sirianni • Giuseppa Spolitu • Chelidonia Merosi-Lollobrigida • Valentino Stella • Eleonora Casagrande • Maria Addolorata de Vitis • Antonio Baldo • Giovanna Lizzio • Antonio Todde • Teresa Fumarola • Giovanni Frau • Virginia Dighero-Zolezzi • Giulia Sani-Casagli • Lorenzo Malori • Maria Negri • Lucia Lauria • Ida Frabboni • Venere Pizzinato-Papo • Stella Nardari-Vecchiato • Maria Redaelli • Emma Morano • Marie-Josephine GaudetteGiuseppina Projetto-Frau

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