Delma Kollar, American supercentenarian, one of the 100 verified oldest people ever and fourth-oldest in world, died she was 114
Delma Dorothie Kollar was an American supercentenarian and one of the oldest 100 verified people ever died she was 114..
On her last birthday, she became one of only 88 people to have attained
the age of 114. Before recent research, she was thought to have been
born in 1898. However, from the data in the census closest to her date
of birth, and due to the fact that her younger sister was born in
February 1899, this was proved to have been wrong.
At the time of her death she was the fourth oldest living person in the
world, the recordholder for the oldest person born in Kansas and one of
the last four people born in 1897.
(née Lowman; October 31, 1897 – January 24, 2012)
Kollar was one of six children; both her parents lived into their
90s, and two of Kollar’s aunts lived past 100. After high school, Kollar
attended Cottey College, earning a teaching certificate. Her first teaching job was in a two-room schoolhouse in Prairiedell. Later she earned college degrees in biology and English from Baker University and then worked as a schoolteacher in Kansas and California
for more than 25 years. In 1923, Kollar married William Hoggatt. They
had three children: Jean Cooper, Earlene Duncan, and Bill Hoggatt.
William died in 1966.
Kollar later married Harry Kollar and the couple moved to Oregon in 1982. Harry Kollar died in 1986.
Kollar outlived all 5 of her siblings and two of her 3 children. She
had 6 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 11
great-great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-great-grandchild.
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