Oldest currently living Minnesota citizen
ANTHONY, Minn. (July 5, 2018) ─ Evelyn Kleine, who has lived at St. Anthony Health & Rehabilitation for 8 years, will be the oldest citizen living in Minnesota as she reaches her 111th birthday on Tues., July 11. Last year, Evelyn became a supercentenarian, someone who has lived to or passed their 110th birthday.
According to Robert D. Young, Director of the Gerontology Research Group, Evelyn is currently the oldest-known living person in Minnesota. In U.S. records, only 1 in 5 million people reach supercentenarian status. When asked about her upcoming birthday, Evelyn chuckled, “Wow, I’m Old!” Evelyn’s milestone birthday will be celebrated with a special “Super Golden” event for family members and residents on Wed., July 11 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. in the dining room of St. Anthony Health & Rehabilitation’s sister community, Chandler Place, at 3701 Chandler Drive. St. Anthony, Minn. 55421.
Evelyn is not the only long-lived member in her family. Her father was 96 and her grandfather was 94 years old when they passed. Evelyn shared her secret to a long life, “I didn’t dance. Well, maybe I danced once or twice. But, I never drank or smoked.” She also suggests, “Take everything a day at a time.”
Evelyn’s great niece, Joanie Anderson, says, “My great Aunt Evelyn is such a remarkable lady and, I feel, quite an inspiration to all of us.” Anderson often reminisces on Evelyn’s monumental memories over the decades, such as driving the family’s Model T Ford at 16 years-old. “She continued to drive until the age of 99, when she says her car gave out before she did!”