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Ruth Knelman
Ruth Knelman
Ruth Knelman at age 108.
Birth: 21 May 1910
New York City, New York State, USA
Age: 111 years, 248 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Ruth Knelman (born 21 May 1910) is an American supercentenarian who is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG).


Ruth Knelman was born in New York City, New York State, USA on 21 May 1910. She grew up in Canada and moved to Minnesota nearly 65 years ago with her husband and son. Before long, she started volunteering at Temple Israel. She also began volunteering at the now-closed Mount Sinai hospital in Minneapolis, which eventually led to her gig at Jefferson. The volunteer director's daughter-in-law was a teacher there, and when Knelman found out she said she wanted to give some of her time there, too. About five years ago, just as she was about to turn 105, she was honored by Minneapolis Public Schools for her three decades of service.

Knelman currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, at the age of 111 years, 248 days. She currently is the second-oldest known living person in Minnesota, behind Erna Zahn.