Margarete Petermeier at age 110.

Margarete Petermeier (born 24 September 1910) is a German supercentenarian who is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG).


Margarete Petermeier was born in Schmiedeberg  in the Riesengebirge (present-day Kowary, Jelenia Góra County, Lower Silesia Voivodeship, Poland) and has lived in Krefeld for almost 80 years. At a young age she actively supported her family on their farm. At the age of 20, she took her first job in the fish kitchen on a ship in northern Germany. Then she married her first husband. During the Second World War he had to go to the front as a soldier and did not return. She herself provided help in the war. She later made her living by sewing ties and tablecloths. At the age of 50 she met her second husband, who worked as a truck driver, and had a happy marriage with him until his death. She lived in her own apartment until 2019.

Margarethe Petermeier has looked after elderly people from the neighborhood in the Diessemer district, doing shopping and housework for them. This later changed and she herself enjoyed the help that allowed her to live independently in her own ground floor apartment.

After her 109th birthday, Petermeier decided to move into a nursing home. She has been happy there ever since and enjoys being looked after. Mentally, she was still very fit on her 110th birthday. She celebrated her special day with her former neighbor and a nephew in the old people's home. She was particularly pleased about the visit of Mayor Frank Meyer, who personally brought her the best wishes for the city of Krefeld.


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