Viola Jacobi at the age of 111.
|Birth:||25 July 1903|
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
|Death:||22 May 2016|
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA
|Age:||112 years, 302 days|
Viola Minnie Jacobi (née Kirchner) (25 July 1903 – 22 May 2016) was a verified American supercentenarian noted for being Wisconsin's oldest resident on record.
She was born as Viola Kirchner on a farm in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1903. Her parents were Theodore and Kate Kirchner. Theodore eventually lived to be 95. She had one older and one younger sibling. Since she attended school during the 1910s when cars were rare, her father transported Viola to school daily through horse and carriage.
On 15 June 1926, Viola (affectionately known as 'Vi') married Conrad Jacobi, who worked as an estimator. The couple had four children in total between 1927-1942. Two of them were still alive as of July 2014. After her children were grown, she started working as a florist until her retirement in the late 1990s.
In the 1960s, the Jacobis went back to her home town to take care of her father.
Conrad passed away in 1989, the cause of death being Alzheimer’s disease. In her nonagenarian years, she acquired basic computer skills. Viola has suffered from both breast and skin cancer but has managed to overcome them. Viola drove a car until she was 95 years old, when it was stolen along with her handbag. At age 106, she first moved to a nursing home. A year before that, she was featured in Willard Scott's classic centenarian birthdays segment.
At the time of her 111th birthday, she was reported to be wheelchaired as well as having poor eyesight. She currently resides at the Lutheran Home in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. At the time of her 112th birthday, the key factors for her longevity were said to be genetics, not smoking or drinking, and getting quality assistance at her nursing home. It was also mentioned that Viola is sometimes mentally unaware of her surroundings, a sign of senility.
Viola is the second-oldest Wisconsin-born person of all time. The record is currently held by Bertha Harris, who died at the age of 113 years, 59 days.
- Gerontology Research Group
- 1903 Birth certificate
- Milwaukee Sentinel Journal 26 July 2014
- Miwaukee Sentinel Journal 25 July 2015