Delvina Dahlheimer, 113; One of the Oldest People in the World

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Delvina Dahlheimer, 113, believed to be Minnesota’s oldest resident and one of the oldest people in the world, died Wednesday at a nursing home in Elk River, Minn.

The daughter of French-Canadian settlers who came to Minnesota in the mid-19th century, Dahlheimer, whose maiden name was Morrisette, was born on Dec. 31, 1888, on a small farm in Otsego Township, south of Elk River.

She was married to Phillip Dahlheimer for more than 60 years, and was a widow for almost 30 years. Her husband was 85 when he died.

Delvina and Phillip Dahlheimer raised seven children, who in turn produced 34 grandchildren, 102 great-grandchildren and 65 great-great-grandchildren.

At 100, she still picked her own berries and climbed a stepladder to wash windows, her children said. For her centennial birthday, she made herself a party dress and invited people over to dance.


As she approached her final birthday last New Year’s Eve, Dahlheimer was asked by a nurse how she had managed to live so long and so well.

“Nothing ever bothered me,” she said.