PLAINVIEW, Minnesota - The oldest person in the state of Minnesota, a woman who lied about her age so she could be on Facebook, passed away Sunday after a life that spanned more than 114 years.
KARE 11's Boyd Huppert introduced us to Anna Stoehr of Plainview last October in a "Land of 10,000 stories" piece that rocketed across the globe via social media. Anna was still engaged with the world around her on the eve of her 114th birthday, learning about social media and how to navigate her brand new iPad.
Anna's son Harlan Stoehr told Boyd that Anna died in her sleep Sunday morning at her senior apartment in Plainview. He said that her mind and speech were clear until early last week.
"I don't think mother intended to live forever," Harlan Stoehr told Boyd. "She just got farther than most."
Anna lived alone on her farm in Potsdam, MN until she was 112. She and her husband Ernest had farmed together. He passed away in 1998 at the age of 97.
Harlan told Boyd that Anna's obituary will list among her survivors the two apple trees she planted at the age of 105.
Anna Stoehr's funeral will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Potsdam this Saturday, December 27th, at 11 a.m. Visitation will be Friday at Schad & Zabel Funeral Home in Plainview from 3-7 p.m.
As Boyd wrote on his Facebook page:
"One of my favorite people from 2014 passed away yesterday. Anna Stoehr was 114 -- the oldest resident of Minnesota and the 7th oldest in the United States. Her son Harlan told me Anna's speech and mind was clear until early last week. She died in her sleep yesterday morning. She was delightful on the day we produced this story with her back in October. She had just had to lie about her age to get on Facebook." (As the signup would not accept anyone whose age stretched to triple digits).