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Ilse Schade
Ilse Schade
Schade in 2015.
Birth: 26 April 1910
Berlin, Germany
Death: 2021
Ettlingen, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
Age: 111 years
Country: GermanyGER

Ilse Schade (26 April 1910 – 2021) was a German supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG).


Ilse Schade was born in Berlin, Germany on 26 April 1910. She lost her father in World War I. Despite great effort, her mother made sure that the daughter was given a good upbringing. The young Ilse attended the lyceum and completed a commercial apprenticeship. After years of work, she married and moved to Koslin, Pomerania, where her husband had been transferred for a job. Their daughter Gerhild was born there. In World War II, her husband was sent to the Russian front, where he was captured and came to Siberia. In February 1945, Schade decided to leave Koslin with the three-year-old daughter and her mother so as not to have to stay in the Russian sector. In Mecklenburg she met a young woman from the southwest of Germany, with whom she became friends. Together, the three women set off on an arduous journey with two small children and through several refugee camps to southern Germany, where they finally arrived in Eggenstein on Christmas Eve 1945. Schade found a job at the Karlsruhe Economic Office. Later her husband returned home from captivity, albeit badly damaged. He worked as a photographer and later in the district office for almost five years, but died early as a result of the imprisonment.

At 105, Schade lived with her daughter Gerhild and her son-in-law. She has retained her sense of humour throughout her life.

She celebrated her 110th birthday in April 2020.

Schade died in Ettlingen, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany in 2021 at the age of 111 years. At the time of her death, she was the second-oldest known living person in Baden-Wuerttemberg, behind Charlotte Kretschmann.