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Lina Zimmer
Lina Zimmer
Lina Zimmer at age 111
Birth: 20 November 1892
Stuttgart, Wurttemberg
Death: 28 August 2004
Stuttgart, Baden Wurttemberg, Germany
Age: 111 years, 282 days
Country: GermanyGER

Lina Zimmer (née Beck; 20 November 1892 – 28 August 2004) was a German supercentenarian who had been the oldest living person in Germany from the death of Anna Stephan on 3 August 2003 until her own death on 28 August 2004 at age 111 years, 282 days.


Lina Zimmer was born in Stuttgart, Wurttemberg, Germany, on 20 November 1892 as one of six children to Friedrich and Karoline Beck. Her father worked as a bookbinder. After graduation Zimmer was trained in dress making and started her own business. Lisa Zimmer said about William II of Wurttemberg that he was a nice person, greeting everyone in the streets in his position as king but also after his abdication in 1918. In 1915, she was married to Richard Zimmer, who worked as a graphic artist. The couple had a daughter called Ruth and remained married for 60 years until her husband died in 1975.

Around age 96 Zimmer moved into a nursing home where she was regularly visited by her daughter. When Zimmer turned 110 there was also a former customer aged 95, who wore a dress that Zimmer seamed 70 years ago. When Zimmer turned 111 it was reported her daughter’s doctors were surprised when she asked for informing her mother about her doing in hospital.

Zimmer traced her longevity to staying friendly but also brave and confident what was caused by her favorite slogan "Live sensibly, don't get worked up and be content" (German: "Vernünftig leben, sich nicht aufregen und zufrieden sein").

Lina Zimmer died in Stuttgart, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany, on 28 August 2004. At the time of her passing at age 111 years, 282 days, Zimmer was the oldest living person of Germany for almost one year and a month. She was preceded in death by 111 year-old Hermann Dornemann. After Zimmer’s passing there was no other supercentenarian in Baden Wurttemberg until 2012 when Franziska Rau turned 110.


Germany's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Margarethe Sauer • Katharina Braun • Leni Matthaei • Mathilde Schulz • Petronella Wansleban • Agnes Gerrath • Anna Fleinert • Bertha Brandes • Wilhelmine Heister • Gertrude Schmalohr • Maria Corba • Elfried Libbert • Paula Baumgartner • Gertrud Pannwitz • Ottilie Aleith • Karolina Kruger • Franziska Umrath • Pauline Spyra • Wilhelm Lehnen • Marie Stegmann • Wilhelm Schorner • Maria Laqua • Rosalia Hasenkampf • Magdalene Regener • Anna Stephan • Lina Zimmer • Hermann Dornemann • Frieda Muller • Irmgard von Stephani • Elsa Tauser • Frieda Borchert • Emma Joisten • Alwine Werner • Zhenya Broytman • Frieda Schmidt • Berta Zeisler • Charlotte Bauch • Karolina Grober • Elisabeth Schneider • Gertrud Henze • Frieda Szwillus • Johanna Klink • Charlotte Klamroth • Margarete Dannheimer • Else Ronsch • Herta Oeser • Gustav GernethMathilde MangeKatharina HagemeyerAdele RodensteinAnonymous of Berlin (1908)Josefine Ollmann