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Germaine Degueldre
Germaine Degueldre
Birth: 26 September 1900
Binche, Hainaut, Belgium
Death: 11 May 2012
Waudrez, Hainaut, Belgium
Age: 111 years, 228 days
Country: BelgiumBEL

Germaine Degueldre (26 September 1900 – 11 May 2012) was a Belgian supercentenarian whose age has been validated by the Gerontology Research Group. At the time of her death, she was the oldest living person in Belgium, as well as the last living Belgian born in the 19th century.


Germaine Degueldre was born in Binche, Belgium on 26 September 1900. Later in her life, she married Yvon Degueldre. She was a housewife and assisted her husband who managed the family garage. The couple had two sons, Yvon et Max.

She became a widow when her husband died at age 88.

Her passions were music and drawing. She moved to retirement home Clairfayt in 2006. She was described as calm and very lucid and was very healthy at an advanced age; Germaine has always taken very few medications. She sleeps a lot, eats very well even though she has a small weakness for chocolate. Sometimes she recites to us poems from her childhood, she plays Lotto, dominoes with other residents. It is his secret of longevity, one of the Healthcare worked said about her.

Germaine Degueldre died unexpectedly (as she was still healthy the day before her death) on 11 May 2012 in Waudrez at the age of 111 years, 228 days. Following her death, Fanny Godin became the oldest living person in Belgium.



Belgium's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Charlotte Cardinal • Marie RollandAnna VersluysSophie Lacompte • Maria Vleminckx • Marie Gomain • Norbertine Fourdin • Marie Vandermoesen • Isabelle Tack • Maria Vandewinckel • Maria Gorsen • Marie Delfairiere • Ignace Demol • Herlindis Goeminne • Theresia Van Den Broucke • Maximilienne Pierquain • Sidonie Hayez • Caroline Fievet • Francisca Cloet • Marie-Louise Van Hoorebeeck • Hendrik Bulterijs • Barbara SimoensTheresia De Petter • Adele Vandenbosch • Marie Salmon • Constant De Lichte • Helene Lebon • Marie PurnodeEugenie TecqmenneCatherine Baert • Marie Lambotte • Fanny Thonus • Marie-Louise Vandenbroucke • Denise Durel • Maria Devos • Marguerite Dewal • Sophie Leys • Maria Wintgens • Eugenie Boulanger • Emiel Carbon • Kamiel Steyaert • Flore Carpentier • Maria Serneels • Frans Meeus • Mathilde Hellemans • Edmond Van Cauteren • Arthuria Dascotte • Pieter HinnisdaelsClement De Vos • Rosalie Beetens • Marie Lambert • Leonia Bruyndonckx • Mathilde Pirlet • Octavie LipsL. V.Maria Van Sprengel • Ermenie Acoe • Elisabeth Demanet • Jules-Leo Neijrinck • Maria Irma Casteur • Catharina Ververs • Marie De Ruyver • Joanna Deroover • Anne-Marie Vandermersch • Louis Marion • Victoire Ricaille • Maria Verkeyn • Maria Annaert • Irma Van de Voorde • Marcelle Droogmans • Romanie Pollet • Bernardina Van Dommelen • Gabrielle Demets • Adrienne LedentGermaine Degueldre • Fanny Godin • Anna De Guchtenaere • Alicia Corveleyn • Fernande De Raeve • Madeleine DullierElisabeth De ProostMarietta BouverneJulia Van HoolMarcelle Levaz