Oldest Polish woman in history, Tekla Juniewicz, dead at 116

The citizens of Poland are mourning a historic loss.

According to a Polish news outlet, Ms. Tekla Juniewicz, a citizen of Gliwice and the oldest Polish woman, and second oldest in the entire world, according to known records, has died at the age of 116. 

The city released a statement confirming the woman’s death last week.

According to the release, Juniewicz was a beloved resident of her community, and revered around the country for living one of the longest lives in modern times.


“This morning, on August 19, Mrs. Tekla Juniewicz died, the oldest Polish woman in history, record holder of Poland’s longevity, the oldest resident in the history of the Silesian Voivodeship, the second oldest person in the world, and above all an extraordinary woman with a great heart and strong character. She lived 116 years, 2 months and 9 days” the city’s website read.

Even the Polish Prime Minister released a statement on her death, recounting his previous interaction with her.

“We will all remember her as the oldest Polish woman and the second oldest person in the world. But I still remember our last meeting. An extraordinary woman with a big heart. Mrs. Teklo, it is an honor that I could meet you,” Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote.

Juniewicz, born in 1906, experienced two World Wars, among other conflicts and historical moments.


“After World War II, in November 1945, Ms Tekla, with her husband and daughters, left the territory incorporated into the Soviet Union and, via Sambor, traveled by train to Gliwice for two weeks,” the Polish outlet wrote.

It also noted that, shockingly, she was able to remain independent until the age of 103, which was the point her grandchildren stepped up to take care of her for her remaining 13 years.

She will truly be missed, as she was obviously loved by many and was an extraordinarily special human.

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