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Katie Bunio
Katie Bunio
Bunio during a video call to celebrate her 109th birthday in 2020
Birth: 30 October 1911
Alberta, Canada
Death: 28 July 2021
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Age: 109 years, 271 days
Country: CanadaCAN

Katie Bunio (30 October 1911 – 28 July 2021) was a Canadian centenarian who was one of the oldest known survivors of COVID-19, having recovered from the disease days before her 109th birthday.


Bunio was born on 30 October 1911 in Alberta, Canada. She was raised on a homestead, and went on to work on a farm near before retiring to the small town of Redwater, Alberta. She had four children with her husband Michael, all of them daughters. As of 2020, she has 13 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Around 2000, Bunio moved to a retirement home in Edmonton, Alberta, where she lived independently. In February 2012, at the age of 100, she attended an Edmonton Oilers ice hockey match, and has been a fan of the team since. Around 2017, Bunio moved to a care home in Edmonton. For a time she lived with her daughter, Anne, who died in January 2020.

During the coronavirus pandemic, Bunio contracted COVID-19. By 27 October 2020, three days before turning 109, she had successfully recovered, making her one of the oldest survivors of the disease. Due to restrictions, her 109th birthday was celebrated with a video call with her family.

Bunio died in Edmonton, Alberta on 28 July 2021 at the age of 109 years, 271 days.