Marija Bibulic
Marija Bibulic
Marija Bibulic at age 100.
Birth: 5 June 1913
Vabriga, Istria County, Austria-Hungary (now Croatia)
Death: 16 April 2021
Poreč, Istria County, Croatia
Age: 107 years, 315 days
Country: CroatiaCRO

Marija Bibulic [Croatian: Bibulić] (née Paris; 5 June 1913 – 16 April 2021) was a Croatian centenarian who was the oldest known living person in Croatia at the time of her death.


Marija Bibulic was born in Vabriga, Istria County, Austria-Hungary (now Croatia) on 5 June 1913. Her father was killed in the World War I in 1916, after which her mother remarried. One of her sisters died at age 19.

She married Josip Bibulić in 1933. The couple had two children: Antonija (born 1935) and Ivan (1941–1985).

In 1943, during the World War II, the germans took her husband, first to Trieste to the infamous Coroneo prison, and from there to the German camp of Dachau where he died in 1945. He died, according to survivors, a few days before the americans entered the camp on 29 April.

After her husband died, she worked as farmer. In 1962, she was awarded the Medal of Merit for the People by the President of Yugoslavia Josip Broz Tito. In 1985, her son Ivan died at the age of 44 in a car accident. She also outlived her grandson Olijan.

Until the age of 93, she cooked on her own and went to the grocery store in a boutique. She went to the hospital for the first time at the age of 97 due to pneumonia. Until the age of 102, she slept on the first floor of the house, until when she could still climb the stairs. She lived independently until age 104, when she fell and felt slowly fainting.

As of March 2019, she had one living daughter Antonija, four living grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

She became the oldest known living woman in Croatia following the death of 107-year-old Josipa Talan on 2 April 2019 and became the oldest living person in Croatia in March 2021 following the death of 109 year old Josip Krsul.

In her later years, Bibulic lived with her daughter-in-law Slavica and her granddaughter Vesna in Poreč, Istria County, Croatia. She died in this town at the age of 107 years, 315 days.



Croatia's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Jela Kranjcic • Ruza Sertic • Unknown • Ivan Jaklic • Jerka Litovic • Nena Tolj • Ljubica LoncarLina Miljan • Ada Vitezic • Paulina Prodan • Izolda Krmpotic • Nina Valjalo • Andja PericJosip KrsulMarija BibulicAndjela Sostaric

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