Delma Kollar


October 31, 1897


January 24, 2012 (tying Waka Shirahama)

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Delma Dorothie Kollar (née Lowman; October 31, 1897 – January 24, 2012) was an American supercentenarian and one of the oldest 100 verified people ever. 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.[1] 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 (behind Koto Okubo, Dina Manfredini and Jiroemon Kimura).


If Kollar was born on October 31, 1898, then she will tie with Hatsue Ono. Even though Hatsue is not an American, she's Japanese.

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.[2]  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.[3] 

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