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Catherine Hagel
Catherine Hagel
Catherine Hagel on her 114th birthday with her daughter, Cecilia Gulczinski (aged 90) in 2008
Birth: 28 November 1894
Dayton, Minnesota, USA
Death: 6 December 2008
New Hope, Minnesota, USA
Age: 114 years, 8 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Catherine Hagel (née Dahlheimer; 28 November 1894 – 6 December 2008) was an American supercentenarian whose age is validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). At the time of her death, she was the second-oldest living person in the United States, behind Gertrude Baines.


Catherine Helen Dahlheimer was born in Dayton, Minnesota, USA on 28 November 1894 to John and Mary (née Scherber) Dahlheimer. At the time of her death, she was the third-oldest validated person in the world, behind Maria de Jesus, and Gertrude Baines and the second-oldest validated person in the United States, behind Gertrude Baines.

Hagel was a farmer, and did not stop farming until she was age 100, when she moved to the North Ridge Care Center in New Hope, Minnesota. She planted a sizeable garden, sewed, quilted and visited relatives. Her father died in the mid 1950s at the age of 95. She had 11 children with her husband, John, who died in 1966 at age 74, nine of whom were still living as of early 2008.

On 9 February 2008, Hagel overtook her sister-in-law, Delvina Dahlheimer, as the oldest person ever in the state of Minnesota and despite her advanced age, she took no medications.[1]

She died in New Hope, Minnesota, USA on 6 December 2008 at the age of 114 years, 8 days.[2] At the time of her death her oldest living daughter, Cecilia Gulczinski, was 90 years old. Gulczinski herself died in 2020 at the age of 102.

She is possibly the oldest woman ever born in Minnesota if Maude Harris died at an age before hers. She is also the second-oldest known person to die in Minnesota, behind Anna Stoehr.


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