Tekla Juniewicz, a 116-year-old Polish woman, died on Friday. She was the second oldest person in the world, and the oldest person in Polish history.
Poland’s Tekla Juniewicz, the second oldest person in the world, died on Friday morning in her 116th year, the deceased’s grandson told Polish television channel TVN24 on Friday.
Tekla Juniewicz was born in 1906 in Krupsko, a village in the Lviv region (current Ukraine), at the time in the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Independent until she is 103 years old
Aged 12 when Poland became independent in 1918, Tekla Juniewicz is considered the oldest person in Polish history.
Until the Second World War, Tekla Juniewicz lived in her native region, attached to Poland in the interwar period, alongside her husband, who was at the head of mining operations and stores. The Juniewicz family then went into exile in southwestern Poland, after the Lviv region was annexed by the Soviet Union in 1945.
“Tekla Juniewicz remained independent until she was 103 (…), she loved cinema, history shows, card games (…), reading, the company of others and travel” , recalls in a press release the municipality of Gliwice (south-west) where Tekla Juniewicz lived since 1945.
At 93, her youngest living daughter
Juniewicz had five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren, while her youngest daughter, 93, is still alive.
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