Geertje Kuijntjes

Date of birth: 19 July 1905
Age as on 27 August 2019: 114 years, 39 days

Geertje Kuijntjes was born to a family of six children, of whom only two survived; two of them died after about three months to have lived, the other two died as infants. Kuijntjes has lived in the town of Gorinchem her entire life. She was a seamstress until her retirement. Kuijntjes currently lives in a retirement home in Gorinchem, Netherlands. Despite her age, Kuijntjes has done a lot of things after her retirement; she was still able to go on holiday on her own until age 100 and to make big journeys until the age of 102. She also lived on her own until the age of 105. Kuijntjes participated in the International Four Days Marches Nijmegen fourty times until age 88. In 2016, at the age of 111, she was able to witness the 100th edition of the marching event with help from the 'Ambulance Wens' foundation. She saved many of her earned medals (of whom one dates back to 2 July 1933, when she completed the 40km edition). Besides that, she also joined multiple marching events in other countries, such as Switzerland (Bern), Austria (Vienna) and even Israel. Kuijntjes also learned English and loves ice cream and dancing.

On 19 July 2019, Kuijntjes became the second Dutch person after Van Andel-Schipper to reach the age of 114.
Country: Netherlands