Tekla Juniewicz

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Tekla Juniewicz
Juniewicz in August 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
  • Last surviving person born in 1906
Jan Juniewicz
(m. 1927; died 1980)

Tekla Juniewicz (born Tekla Dadak; 10 June 1906 – 19 August 2022) was a Polish supercentenarian who, until her death at the age 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.


Juniewicz in the 1930s

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 Karol Lanckoroński, and her mother Katarzyna was a housewife who died during World War I. Juniewicz married Jan Juniewicz in 1927, with whom she had two children. They moved to Borysław, which was then a town in eastern Poland, but is now part of Ukraine. In 1945, when the area was annexed by the Soviet Union, she left the territory along with her husband and daughters and settled in Gliwice, formerly the German city of Gleiwitz.[3]


Juniewicz died on 19 August 2022, due to a stroke and heart complications. Her funeral was held on 23 August, four days after her death. She was buried in Gliwice, the city in which she had lived for most of her life. The then-Prime Minister of Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki, attended the funeral.[4] She was the last validated person born in 1906.[5]


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.[6] Her grandchildren looked after her until her death.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "World's oldest person Kane Tanaka dies at 119 years-Know who is the oldest person alive now". 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. ^ "Tekla Juniewicz". LongeviQuest. Retrieved 22 July 2023.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "Gliwice. Pogrzeb najstarszej Polki. Teklę Juniewicz pożegnał premier Mateusz Morawiecki". polsatnews.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 3 September 2022.