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Irma Schmidt
Irma Schmidt
Birth: 7 October 1898
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Death: 25 July 2011
Tolland, Connecticut, USA
Age: 112 years, 291 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Irma G. Schmidt (née Gotsch; 7 October 1898 – 25 July 2011) was an American supercentenarian whose age is validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG).


Irma G. Schmidt was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, on 7 October 1898 to Oscar and Ida (née Henkel) Gotsch and grew up in Elyria, Ohio. She attended Lutheran parochial schools, Elyria public high school, and then the Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College. She subsequently became a piano teacher and pursued this line of work for much of her adult life.

After her marriage to Dr. George Schmidt, she moved to New Brunswick, New Jersey, where her husband had a job at Rutgers University. She became president of the Newcomers society, a group that addressed the needs of many social agencies during the Great Depression, and later among newly drafted GIs at nearby Camp Kilmer during World War II.

Schmidt was a charter member of the Rutgers Women's League, a member of the National Board of the YWCA, and a lifetime member of the PEO, an educational and philanthropic women's organisation.

Irma Schmidt had two children: George Jr. (who died in 2006) and Marianne. In her later life, she lived in a nursing home in Tolland, Connecticut. She died on 25 July 2011 at the age of 112 years, 291 days.