Worcester resident and oldest American, Goldie Michelson, dies at age 113

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Goldie Michelson –Clark University

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The oldest American person has died at her Massachusetts home at age 113. Goldie Michelson was a month short of her 114th birthday.

Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group senior consultant Robert Young says Michelson died Friday. He says she’d been “very frail and confined to bed” and hadn’t been seen in public for a long time.

Michelson was born in Elizabethgrad, Russia, in 1902 and moved to the United States when she was a child. She lived in Worcester, 50 miles west of Boston.

The Callahan Fay & Caswell Funeral Home says Michelson graduated from Brown University. It says she had a lifelong interest in theater and even installed stage lights in her basement so children could perform there.

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Young says the new oldest American is New Jersey resident Adele Dunlap, who’s also 113.

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