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Esther Wittenburg
Esther Wittenburg
Birth: 27 September 1908
Iowa, USA
Death: 27 June 2021
Readlyn, Iowa, USA
Age: 112 years, 273 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Esther Ann Bock Wittenburg (née Luebs; 27 September 1908 – 27 June 2021) was an American supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group.


Esther Wittenburg was born on a farm near Tripoli, Iowa on 27 September 1908 to Fred and Luise (Schmidt) Luebs. She had one older sister, Leota, who died in 1992 at the age of 89. She married Fred Bock in 1926 and had 4 children with him, Virgil, Marlys, Delores and Larry. Fred died in 1960 and she remarried in 1966 to Herbert Wittenburg, who died in 1982. She currently lives in Readlyn, Iowa, still in her own home with assistance from her son, Virgil. In June 2019, she took part in the annual Readlyn Grump Days Parade, riding through the town on a float.

In April 2021 at the age of 112, Wittenburg received the Covid-19 vaccine, making her one of the oldest people to be vaccinated. Her 92-year-old son Virgil Bock also received the Covid-19 vaccine.

Wittenburg died in Readlyn, Iowa, USA on 27 June 2021 at the age of 112 years, 273 days. At the time of her death, she was the second-oldest living person in Iowa, after Bessie Hendricks.