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Delvina Dahlheimer
Delvina Dahlheimer
Birth: 31 December 1888
Otsego, Minnesota, USA
Death: 13 March 2002
Elk River, Minnesota, USA
Age: 113 years, 72 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Delvina Dahlheimer (née Morissette; 31 December 1888[1] – 13 March 2002)[2] was a validated American supercentenarian.


Delvina Morrisette was born in Otsego, Minnesota, USA, on 31 December 1888. She was the daughter of French-Canadian settlers who came to Minnesota in the 19th century. Her first language was French. In 1909, she married Phillip Dahlheimer. He died in 1974 at the age of 85. The couple had seven children.

Members of her family had also experienced longevity: her mother lived to be 100, her aunt Rosanna Fournier lived to be 91, her aunt Elise Carcon lived to be 90, her uncle Matthias Bourgeois lived to be 91, her sister Flora Martin lived to be 97, her sister Rose Dahlheimer lived to be 100 (almost 101), and her cousin Rose Mary Carron lived to be 101. Two of her children died in their 90s, and three of her sons are still alive: Merlin, aged 106 years, 315 days; Douglas, aged 99 years, 198 days and Maurice, aged 96 years, 177 days;

She lived alone until entering the Guardian Angels Care Center at age 101, where she spent the rest of her life.[2]  She died in Elk River, Minnesota, USA, on 13 March 2002. Dahlheimer's Minnesota state record title, 113 years, 72 days, was surpassed by Catherine Hagel on 9 February 2008. Coincidentally, Hagel was the sister-in-law of Dahlheimer and were close friends since childhood.[3]