Massachusetts Woman Goldie Michelson, Believed to Be Oldest American, Dies at Age 113

A Massachusetts woman believed to be the oldest living American died at her Massachusetts home Friday at age 113, according to a research group. Goldie Michelson was a month short of her 114th birthday.

Goldie Michelson
Goldie Michelson Clark University

Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group senior consultant Robert Young says Michelson had been "very frail and confined to bed" and hadn't been seen in public for a long time.

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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.

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