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Jadwiga Szubartowicz
Jadwiga Szubartowicz
Birth: 16 October 1905
Lublin, Poland
Death: 20 July 2017
Lublin, Poland
Age: 111 years, 277 days
Country: PolandPOL

Jadwiga Szubartowicz (16 October 1905 – 20 July 2017) was a Polish supercentenarian who was the oldest recognized living person in Poland since the death of Jadwiga Mlynek of Kalisz until her own death. Mrs. Szubartowicz was a resident of Lublin, the capital city of Lublin Voivodeship.


Jadwiga Szubartowicz was born in Lublin, Russian Empire (now Lublin, Lublin Voivodeship, Poland). As a child, she lived in Sankt Petersburg together with her parents, sister and brother. There she witnessed the 1917 Russian revolution during which her father died. Along with the rest of her family, she returned to Poland. There she graduated from Ursuline sisters' gymnasium. Together with her sister, she completed 5 years of pedagogical studies and worked as an accountant in her adult life. She survived World War II in Lublin and memorizes the action of saving the famous Jan Matejko painting "Battle of Grunwald" from the Nazi occupants. Sadly, her brother was arrested in Kraków by Nazis and killed in Buchenwald concentration camp. After the war, Jadwiga married Antoni Szubartowicz who was a veteran of the battle of Monte Cassino. The couple didn't have children and they have been married for 50 years.

On 1 August 2015, the oldest living person in Poland, Jadwiga Mlynek died aged 109. Following her death, two-weeks-younger Jadwiga Szubartowicz became the oldest living resident of Poland.

On 16 October 2015, Jadwiga Szubartowicz celebrated her 110th birthday. At the time of her birthday, Jadwiga Szubartowicz confessed that at the time she had been born, Lublin was a poor city in the East of Poland and now it is teeming with enthusiasm of the people living in it. Mrs. Szubartowicz said she can feel it despite not leaving her home anymore. Her mind remains lucid and she has a great memory. She keeps abreast of the events in her city, country and the world.

On the day of her 110th birthday, Mrs. Szubartowicz spoke her message to the world: "The life of a man on the Earth is neither easy nor light. One needs to educate, expand horizons and improve constantly. And, with the help of the God, search for good, beauty and truth. Break and vanquish the evil. That has always been my recipe for life."

On 8 March 2016, Jadwiga Szubartowicz was visited by Krzysztof Zuk, president of Lublin. On that occasion, she was granted with the title of Honorary Citizen of Lublin. Later that month, she was also visited by Stanislaw Budzik, archbishop of Lublin diocese. On 16 October 2016, Mrs. Szubartowicz celebrated her 111th birthday being one of only five people in the modern history of Poland to have eclipsed such a long lifespan. On the occasion of Polish Independence Day, she was visited by the Prime Minister of Lublin Voivodeship and recalled the historical event, during which she was 13 years old.

In April 2017, Jadwiga Szubartowicz was visited by Stanisław Budzik, archbishop of Lublin. Although she had only recently recovered from pneumonia, she was in good spirits and enjoyed a chat with the archbishop who told her about his recent visit to Belarus.

Jadwiga Szubartowicz died on 20 July 2017 at the age of 111 years, 277 days. She was the last surviving person in Poland born in 1905. Her funeral took place on 26 July 2017. The oldest living person in Poland following her passing became then 111-year-old Tekla Juniewicz (born 10 June 1906). The oldest living person in Lublin Voivodeship became then 107-year old Marianna Blaziak (1909–2019) who herself became supercentenarian in September 2019.



Poland's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Jadwiga Zolotucho • Anna Klim • Franciszek KarwowskiMarianna Smolarczyk • Ludwika Kosztyla • Michalina Wasilewska • Wanda Wierzchleyska • Marianna Misiewicz • Jozefa KarczewskaJozefa Stanislawa Szyda • Marianna Mroz • Aleksandra Dranka • Jozefa Bak • Ludwika Wasowicz • Jadwiga Mlynek • Jadwiga SzubartowiczTekla Juniewicz