Dutch woman becomes world's oldest person

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1 June 2004 , AMSTERDAM — Dutch woman Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper, 113, officially became the oldest person in the world following the death of 114-year-old Puerto Rican Ramona Trinidad Iglesias-Jordan on Saturday.

1 June 2004

AMSTERDAM — Dutch woman Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper, 113, officially became the oldest person in the world following the death of 114-year-old Puerto Rican Ramona Trinidad Iglesias-Jordan on Saturday.

Van Andel-Schipper, of the northern Dutch town of Hoogeveen, is hoping to celebrate her 114th birthday on 29 June, news agency ANP reported.

Ramona Trinidad Iglesias-Jordan was born on 31 August 1889. She became the oldest person in the world in April after the Guinness Book of World Records approved her entry.

The Puerto Rican had recently been discharged from hospital after a bout of pneumonia before she died.

Van Andel-Schipper is the "youngest titleholder" since 1988 and it is the first time in 40 years that a Dutch national has been named as the world's oldest person.

And the Hoogeveen resident is in reasonable health despite her old age, a spokeswoman for her nursing home said on Monday.
She has been looking forward to the time when she would be known as the oldest person in the world. "She thinks it's fantastic," she said.

Van Andel Schipper is renowned for her love of the Dutch royal family and Amsterdam football club Ajax. She has trouble hearing and seeing these days, but loves the publicity her age creates.

But she also admitted to RTL television news over the weekend that she gets a little tired of the same questions being asked over and over again.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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