Tekla Juniewicz
Tekla Juniewicz 2
Tekla Juniewicz shortly before turning 110.
Birth: 10 June 1906
Krupsko, Austria-Hungary (now Ukraine)
Age: 113 years, 16 days
Country: UKR FlagUKRPOL FlagPOL
Tekla Juniewicz (born 10 June 1906) is a validated Polish supercentenarian who holds the record for the oldest ever person in the history of Poland. She surpassed the previous record of 111 years, 317 days - set by Wanda Wierzchleyska - on 24 April 2018. Thereafter, she became the first validated supercentenarian in Poland to have reached both the age of 112 and 113.

Juniewicz has been the oldest living person in Poland since the death of Jadwiga Szubartowicz of Lublin on 20 July 2017.


Tekla Juniewicz was born in present-day Ukraine and studied at the convent of Sisters' Szarytki, who gave her the nickname of "Kluska". She married in 1927 and had two daughters: Janina and Urszula. In 1945, during the repatriation and upon the political changes after World War II, the family moved to Gliwice in Upper Silesia where she has lived ever since.

In 2016, Juniewicz was recognized as the second-oldest living resident of Poland and the oldest living person in Silesia Voivodeship, whereupon she would celebrate her 110th birthday.[1] On 10 June 2018, Juniewicz celebrated her 112th birthday - the first person living in Poland to do so.[2] She was validated by the Gerontology Research Group on 16 May 2018.

On 10 June 2019, Tekla Juniewicz turned 113. On this occasion, she received a congratulory letter from Prime Minister of Poland. One day later, she surpassed the age of Astrid Zachrison, becoming the oldest person to have ever lived in the Baltic Sea region.



Poland's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Jadwiga Zolotucho • Anna Klim • Franciszek KarwowskiMarianna Smolarczyk • Ludwika Kosztyla • Michalina Wasilewska • Wanda Wierzchleyska • Marianna Misiewicz • Jozefa KarczewskaJozefa Stanislawa Szyda • Marianna Mroz • Aleksandra Dranka • Jozefa Bak • Ludwika Wasowicz • Jadwiga Mlynek • Jadwiga SzubartowiczTekla Juniewicz

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