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Maria Rado
Maria Rado
Maria Rado on her 105th birthday in 2019
Birth: 25 January 1914
Dutch Guiana (now Suriname)
Death: fl.5 July 2019
Paramaribo, Suriname
Age: 105 years, 161+ days
Country: SurinameSUR

Maria Josephina Cornelia Rado (25 January 1914 – fl.5 July 2019) was a Surinamese centenarian who was the second-oldest known living person in Suriname (after Louise Gummels) when she went to limbo.


Maria Rado was born in Dutch Guiana (now Suriname) on 25 January 1914. She was the daughter of Johan Jacob Rado and Dorothea Sennebad. She was the third child of ten children; she had 2 brothers and 7 sisters.

Rado never married nor had children, because if she would get married, she should have left her studies. She worked as a teacher in Anna School, Clara School (in Nickerie District) and Rosa School ; they were all primary schools. Later, she worked in an ULO school, Margataha School.

Rado traveled in many countries, including Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Belgium, France, Portugal and Palestina. She also likes cleaning her house and gardening. She rode a bike until age 85. In 2012, she participated to a protestation walk organised by Amnesty International.

Rado celebrated her 100th birthday in 2014. She said the secret of her longevity is to have obeyed to her parents. At the time, she was still able to do her shopping, and was living with her 84-year-old sister Theresia (still alive in 2019). Another of her sisters, Margaretha, specially came from the Netherlands to assist her birthday, and said Maria Rado was the first of the family to become a centenarian. A mass was made in her honour in the Heilig Hart Kerk of Paramaribo.

On her 105th birthday in 2019, Rado received a congratulations letter from the president Desiré Delano Bouterse. At the time, she was living in the nursing home "Bejaardencentrum Majella" in Pamaraibo, and the reporter Gail Eijk said Rado may be the oldest living person in Suriname. In July 2019, she was honoured by Armand Zunder, the president of Progressieve Werknemers Organisatie.

Maria Rado was last known to be alive on 5 July 2019 at the age of 105 years, 161 days. At that time, she lived in Paramaribo, Suriname.