Tekla Juniewicz

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Tekla Juniewicz
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Juniewicz in 2019
Tekla Dadak

(1906-06-10)10 June 1906
Died (aged 116 years, 70 days)
Gliwice, Poland
Burial placeGliwice, Poland
Known for
  • Oldest Pole ever
SpouseJan Juniewicz (1927–1980)
Children2 (two daughters)

Tekla Juniewicz (born Tekla Dadak; 10 June 1906 – 19 August 2022) was a Polish supercentenarian who, until her death at the age of 116 years and 70 days, was the second oldest living person in the world (after Lucile Randon) for four months, upon the death of Kane Tanaka.[1] She is the oldest Polish person in history.


Tekla Juniewicz in 2019 with Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki

Personal life[edit]

Tekla Juniewicz (née Tekla Dadak) was born on 10 June 1906 in Krupsko, then in Austria-Hungary, now in Ukraine and was baptised in the local Greek Catholic church on the same day.[2] Her father, Jan Dadak, worked for count Lanckoroński and her mother, Katarzyna, was a housewife who died during World War I. Juniewicz married her husband, Jan Juniewicz, in 1927, with whom she had two children. They moved to Boryslav. In 1945, during repatriation, she left the territory along with her husband and daughters and settled in Gliwice.[3]


Juniewicz died on 19 August 2022, due to a stroke and heart complications. Her funeral was held on 23 August 2022, four days after her death. She was buried in Gliwice, the city in which she had lived for most of her life. The Prime Minister of Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki, attended the funeral.[4]


Juniewicz had two daughters, five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Juniewicz's fourth great-great-granddaughter, Iga Tekla, was born on 10 June 2021, her 115th birthday.[5] Her grandchildren looked after her until her death.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "World's oldest person Kane Tanaka dies at 119 years-Know who is the oldest person alive now". www.jagranjosh.com. 26 April 2022. Retrieved 3 September 2022.
  2. ^ Wacław Kroczek (10 June 2022). "Tekla Juniewicz – Najstarsza Polka kończy 116 lat!". GazetaSenior.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 3 September 2022.
  3. ^ "Druga najstarsza Polka mieszka w Gliwicach!". Gliwice. Oficjalna strona miasta (in Polish). Retrieved 3 September 2022.
  4. ^ "PM attends funeral of Poland's longest-living citizen". PolskieRadio.pl. Retrieved 3 September 2022.
  5. ^ Marlena Polok-Kin (28 June 2021). "Najstarsza Polka ma 115 lat. Pani Tekla Juniewicz wreszcie doczekała się praprawnuczki! Ale jest jeszcze jedna niesamowita informacja". Dziennik Zachodni (in Polish). Retrieved 3 September 2022.
  6. ^ "Gliwice. Pogrzeb najstarszej Polki. Teklę Juniewicz pożegnał premier Mateusz Morawiecki". polsatnews.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 3 September 2022.