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Mathilde Mange
Mathilde Mange
Birth: 10 August 1906
Hunsruck, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Death: 28 October 2019
Wetter, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Age: 113 years, 79 days
Country: GermanyGER

Mathilde Mange (10 August 1906 – 28 October 2019) was a German supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group. She was considered to be the oldest living person in Germany.


Mathilde Mange was born on 10 August 1906, and was raised on a farm in Hunsruck [German: Hunsrück], Germany. She later moved to Trier, and got married. She was widowed after her husband was killed in World War II. After the war, Mange and her children moved to Kohlscheid and later to Sprockhövel where they have lived since the end of the 1970s.

At the time of her 108th birthday in 2014, Mange credited her longevity to "doing everything whatever is possible". Her interests include reading biographical and historical literature and watching gymnastics and winter sports. On her 109th birthday, she was visited by Ulii Winkelmann, the mayor of her town and received a letter from the German President, Joachim Gauck.

After the death of 112-year old Therese Fenners on 23 June 2018, Mange may have become the oldest living woman in Germany. On 10 August 2019, she celebrated her 113th birthday, possibly becoming the first woman in Germany to reach such age. Several days prior, she apparently surpassed the age of Maria Laqua, who is the validated longevity recordholder in Germany.

Following the death of Gustav Gerneth on 22 October 2019, Mange became the oldest known living person (claimant) in Germany.

Mathilde Mange died in a care home in Wetter, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, on 28 October 2019, at the age of 113 years, 79 days.


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