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Ann Lindholm
Ann Lindholm
Ann Lindholm on her 108th birthday
Birth: 30 January 1892
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Death: 19, April 2002
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Age: 110 years, 79 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Ann Lindholm (née Bezanson; 30 January 1892 – 19 April 2002) was an American supercentenarian whose age is validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). She was the oldest known person in the state of Minnesota at the time of her death.


Ann Lindholm was born as Ann Bezanson in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, on 30 January 1892. She was the fourth of five children. Her parents were from Nova Scotia, Canada. She was frail as a child and told by her doctor that the country air would do her good. Her first car was a Ford Model T.

In the 1930s, Ann married puppeteer and magician Cedric Lindholm, and the couple founded the Twin Cities Puppeteers Club in 1939, which is still active today. Cedric also worked as a probation officer, while Ann worked as a teacher for 43 years.

Lindholm retired from teaching in 1968 aged 76 to care for her husband, who had suffered a heart attack. He passed away in 1969 aged 82 after over three decades of marriage. The couple never had children. Lindholm was reported to have not worn glasses until she was an octogenarian, and didn’t stop driving until she was in her 90s.

In 1983, Lindholm moved into a care home for retired teachers, where she enjoyed playing bridge and bingo. She moved to another care home in 1998, where she stayed for the rest of her life. On 13 March 2002, she became the oldest known person in Minnesota following the death of 113-year-old Delvina Dahlheimer. Her claim was verified by Robert Young and Jeff Knight, and validated by the GRG on 1 January 2004.

Lindholm passed away in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, on 19 April 2002, at the age of 110 years, 79 days. She was survived by a niece and two nephews, as well as many great-nieces and nephews.