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Anne Brasz-Later
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Anne Brasz-Later on her 105th birthday
Birth: 16 July 1906
Goes, Zeeland, Netherlands
Death: 2 September 2020
Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
Age: 114 years, 48 days
Country: NED FlagNED
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Anne Brasz-Later (16 July 1906 – 2 September 2020), sometimes spelt as An Brasz-Later, was a Dutch supercentenarian whose age has been validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). She was the oldest person in the Netherlands since the death of Geertje Kuijntjes on 24 December 2019. She was also the last living Dutch person born in both 1906 and the 1900s. In addition, she was the tenth-oldest validated person in the world.

Biography

Anne Brasz-Later was born in Goes in the province of Zeeland, Netherlands on 16 July 1906. She gave birth to three children: Hendrik Brasz in 1933 (who now lives in Australia). Elisabeth Cummings in 1934 (who moved from Portland, Oregon, USA to take care of her) and an unnamed daughter in 1936.

At the age of 3, Brasz-Later moved to Indonesia (then the Dutch colony 'Dutch East Indies') and lived there for 40 years. In 1938, she became a widow after her husband died in a car accident. After the independence of Indonesia, she returned to her native country in 1949, at age 43, being penniless. In 1955, Brasz-Later settled in Utrecht and worked at the writing room and correction department of the municipality for almost 25 years. In her later years, she moved to an apartment near a retirement home in Utrecht. Despite avoiding the media to talk about her age, her daughter Elisabeth stated that Brasz-Later, at age 110, was fine, still remembered most things very good and, if it was possible, that she planned staying here for a while.

On 16 July 2018, she celebrated her 112th birthday. This made Kuijntjes and Brasz-Later the first two Dutch supercentenarians who were both alive at the age of 112, as well as 113. On 16 July 2020, she celebrated her 114th birthday and became the third Dutch supercentenarian to reach this age. Brasz-Later was validated by the GRG on 14 January 2019.

Following the death of Geertje Kuijntjes of Gorinchem on 24 December 2019, Anne Brasz-Later became the oldest living person in the Netherlands. At that time, she was said to be still quite alert, despite being wheelchair-bound and losing her eyesight.

Anne Brasz-Later died on 2 September 2020 at the age of 114 years, 48 days. She was the fourth-oldest living European supercentenarian behind Tekla Juniewicz, Jeanne Bot and Lucile Randon.

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Netherlands's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (V • TE)

Christina Karnebeek-Backs • Wilhelminus Kostering • Hendrikje Smit-Meijering • Maria Hund-Smit • Kiet Portier-Tan • Marianna Kors-Dikker • Johanna de Bree-Meijer • Johanna Pouwaart-Ratelband • Betje Comijs-Cicero • Reinskjen Pruiksma-Bakker • Henri van Dooren • Cornelis Bredijk • Elisabeth Weddige-Tedsen • Elisabeth van der Burg-Leusveld • Johanna Leeuwenburg-HordijkCornelia la Fors-van Geel • Gerarda Hurenkamp-Bosgoed • Wilhelmina CammelPetronella Ribbens-Verstallen • Frederika van Asselt-Benkemper • Margaretha Eijken • Christina van Druten-Hoogakker • Jan Machiel Reyskens • Trijntje Jansma-BoskmaJohanna Zandstra-Giezen • Ann Flower • Johanna van Dommelen-Hamer • Cornelia Hendrikse-Maas • Geertje Roelinga-de Groot • Catharina van Dam-GroeneveldHendrikje van Andel-Schipper • Alexandrina van Donkelaar-Vink • Grietje Jansen-Anker • Bertha van Hasselt • Wijtske van Dijk-Meindersma • Geertruida DraaismaCornelis Geurtz • Egbertje Leutscher-de Vries • Nelly de Vries-Lammerts • Geertje Kuijntjes • Anne Brasz-Later • Maria Luisa Benjamin

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