Erna Zahn, Minnesota's Oldest Resident, passed away at 114

Erna Zahn, Minnesota’s Oldest Resident, passed away at 114

Erna Zahn was an American supercentenarian whose age is validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). At the time of her death, she was the oldest known person living in the U.S. state of Minnesota.

Minnesota’s oldest resident, Erna A. Zahn passed away

Minnesota’s oldest resident, Erna A. Zahn, died peacefully on Aug. 9 at Oak Hills Living Center. “She got what she always asked for – no pain,” said Zahn’s daughter, Marley Kuckhahn of New Ulm. “She ate all her meals before she died and just didn’t wake up,” continued Kuckhahn. Services were performed at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, with burial in the church cemetery. “We had a lovely party with more than 80 family members. It was good,” Kuckhahn stated.

Often celebrating her birthday with some form of special occasion, Zahn celebrated her 114th birthday on April 14 quietly with family and friends at Oak Hills Living Center, where she lived out her last months. “That’s what she wanted to do. She was tired of answering the same questions for the last five years, like how she lived so long. So we hosted a modest party,” Kuckhahn remarked. Her past birthday festivities included partying with family and friends at Sleepy Eye Brewing Co.

At age 8, it was her obligation to have the family dinner ready and light wick lanterns, while her mother worked in the family-owned IGA general store in Pickett, Wisconsin, a small community between Ripon and Oshkosh. “Erna created our clothes, frequently from other old garments,” Marley recounted. Longtime Journal readers might recognize a newspaper photo of Zahn plowing snow more than 50 years ago. “Get out and shovel snow. It’s actually wonderful exercise,” Zahn remarked in a piece alongside the photo. “Eat breakfast. It’s what keeps me going.” She credited faith and diet to her longevity, too.

When she turned 111

“Say your prayers. Don’t skip meals. I can’t complain,” Zahn said when she turned 111. Longevity runs in the family. Some of Zahn’s sisters reached their late 90s. Her mother lived 95 1/2 years. Zahn lived by herself in an apartment at age 109. At the time of her death, Zahn was the oldest Minnesotan, third-oldest American, and the eighth-oldest person in the world, according to her obituary.

The world’s oldest individual was a French woman who was born and died in the same spot at the age of 122 years, 164 days, according to the Gerontology Research Group. The world’s longest living man lived for 116 years, 54 days in Japan, according to the organization.

Erna Zahn Age, Family, Early Life

Erna Zahn was born on 14 April 1908 (113 years old) in Winnebago County, Wisconsin, USA. She holds an American nationality and she belongs to the white ethnic group. Her Zodiac sign is Aries.

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source: NUJOURNAL

She had one older brother, Herbert, and two younger sisters, Adeline and Marjorie. Other information about her family members is unknown.

Erna Zahn Husband, What about her Children?

Erna Zahn married Meilahn Zahn in 1935. He was head of the Martin Luther College music department from 1962 to 1975. The couple had six children, four sons, and two daughters.

Her husband died in 1982. Longevity runs in her family: her mother died at the age of 95, and both her sisters died at the age of 97.

Erna Zahn Career, What was her profession?

As a young girl, she enjoyed horseback riding, typically on Sunday afternoons, and sewing and swimming. Some of her fondest historical moments she had were riding in the rumble seat of a car from home to Mount Rushmore, while it was still under construction. After high school, Zahn attended business school before working as a secretary.

As a young child, she adored horseback riding, saving pennies to pay for $1 an hour trips in rural Wisconsin. At age 8, it was her obligation to have the family dinner ready and light wick lanterns, while her mother worked in the family-owned IGA general store in Pickett, Wisconsin, a small community between Ripon and Oshkosh. After high school, Zahn attended business school before working as a secretary.

How much is Erna Zahn Net Worth?

However, we don’t have any specific information about Erna Zahn’s net worth.

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Which school and college did She go to?

The particulars on the high school Erna Zahn attended or the faculty she graduated from are all under review.

Is She available on any kind of social media platform?

Unfortunately, Erna Zahn does not seem to be available on social media.

Physical Appearance of Erna Zahn’s Height, Weight

HeightNot Available
Hair ColorWhite
Eye colorGrey
WeightNot Available
Body typeFit
Sexual orientationStraight

Interesting facts about Erna Zahn’s should be known

NationalityAmerican
EthnicityWhite
Zodiac signAries
Relationship StatusMarried

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