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Wilhelmina Hoorn
Wilhelmina Hoorn
Hoorn at the age of 107
Birth: 6 November 1903
Tegelen, Limburg, Netherlands
Death: 30 November 2013
Altamonte Springs, Florida, USA
Age: 110 years, 24 days
Country: NetherlandsNEDUnited StatesUSA

Wilhelmina Johanna Hubertina Hoorn (née Ronck; 6 November 1903 – 30 November 2013) was a Dutch-American supercentenarian who is currently pending. She's the third-oldest Dutch emigrant ever, behind Nellie van der Meulen and Sietje Cornelia Hof.


Wilhelmina Hoorn was born as Wilhelmina Ronck in Tegelen, a city district of the municipality of Venlo in Limburg, Netherlands on 6 November 1903. On 7 June 1922, aged 18, she married Hendrik Cornelis Hoorn in Rotterdam. She emigrated to the United States because of the Great Depression of the 1930's and settled in Long Island, New York, but she mentioned that the Great Depression was ten times worse in the United States than in her native country.

She married and got three daughters. Even though her husband died at the young age of 46 and she was left with eight dollars, Wilhelmina managed to earn a good living and keep a good home, which she was very proud of. Later, she started volunteering at Florida Hospital Altamonte, knitting baby hats, booties and blankets. She was described by her daughters as very independent.

Hoorn died in Altamonte Springs, Florida, USA on 30 November 2013 at the age of 110 years, 24 days. She is the oldest person ever born in the province of Limburg. (Petronella Ribbens-Verstallen, who died in Limburg at the age of 110 years, 170 days, was older than Hoorn, yet Ribbens-Verstallen was born in the province of North Brabant).