|Birth:||24 July 1914|
Enfield, Connecticut, USA
|Death:||16 November 2020|
West Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
|Age:||106 years, 115 days|
Evelyn Beer (née Steele, formerly Groll; 24 July 1914 – 16 November 2020) was an American centenarian who was one of the oldest known survivors of COVID-19, having recovered from the disease at the age of 105.
Early Life and Family
Beer was born to James and Sophia Steele in Enfield, Connecticut, USA on 24 July 1914. She lived most of her life in Springfield, Massachusetts, where she worked for Carlisle’s store and then for Albert Steiger Co., from which she retired in 1983 after 19 years.
Beer was married for 52 years to Frederick Groll, who died in 1985. The couple had two children: Barbara (died 1968) and Herbert (died 1997). She later remarried to Julius H. Beer, who died in 2016 after ten years of marriage.
Later Life and COVID-19 Survival
In March 2019, Beer moved into an assisted living facility in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Around early June 2020, she contracted COVID-19 during the coronavirus pandemic. After six weeks of treatment, Beer returned home on 14 July 2020, ten days before her 106th birthday.
Beer died on 16 November 2020 at the age of 106 years, 115 days. At the time of her death, she had four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.