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Leona Tuttle
Leona Tuttle
Birth: 13 April 1896
Michigan, USA
Death: 23 November 2007
New Jersey, USA
Age: 111 years, 224 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Leona Wilhelmina Tuttle (née Sternberg; 13 April 1896 – 23 November 2007) was an American supercentenarian. Her case is validated by the Gerontology Research Group. [1]


Leona Wilhelmina Sternberg was born near the town of Bad Axe, Michigan, USA, on 13 April 1896.[2] Her parents, Karl and Marie Amelia Sternberg, were both immigrants from Germany. She was one of seven children. Tuttle grew up on her parents' 40-acre (160,000 square metre) farm and attended school in a one room schoolhouse.

Leona left the farm at the age of 17. She took a train to Detroit in order to meet her sister. Once in Detroit, she worked as a housekeeper for architect Louis Kamper for two years. She later attended the Ferris Institute before taking a job with the Michigan Central Railroad department for several years. She was able to travel cross country through the free passes which she received through her employer.

She married her husband, Stanley Tuttle, in 1924. The continued to reside in Detroit for decades, but moved to Florida part-time following Stanley's retirement. Stanley Tuttle died in 1973. Leona Tuttle never remarried. After her husband's death, Tuttle lived with her grown daughters in the Detroit metropolitan area, New Jersey, Utah and Florida.

One of Tuttle's main passions was travel. She visited Hawaii, Germany, the Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Park. Tuttle visited Alaska with her two daughters at the age of 95.

Leona Tuttle died in Somers Point, New Jersey, on 23 November 2007, at the age of 111 years, 224 days. She was survived by two daughters, 15 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren.