March 10, 2010

USA: Jane Gilsenan, New York City's oldest resident, dead at 111

. NEW YORK, NY / New York Daily News / March 10, 2010 By Katie Nelson, Daily News Staff Writer New York City's oldest resident has died. At 111, Jane (Jenny) Gilsenan died Monday where she lived, at the Our Lady of Presentation convent in Woodrow, Staten Island. Born May 8, 1898, on Amsterdam Ave., Gilsenan's parents were Irish immigrants who raised six children in an upper West Side apartment. Gilsenan worked as a secretary, an art buyer and a paralegal over the years. She never married or had children of her own, but put lots of time into sewing christening outfits and making holidays special for dozens of nieces, nephews and other relatives. Jane Gilsenan, one of the world's oldest people, died yesterday in Woodrow. She was 111. "She was sharp, all the way up to Sunday night," said one niece, Marie Rangaswamy, 50, of Red Bank, N.J. Gilsenan was an opinionated woman who loved tending houseplants and reading fact books and murder mysteries. "She always said if you can read, you'll never be lonely," Rangaswamy said. She told the Staten Island Advance that eating small portions and skipping junk food helped preserve her life. It was also important, she said, to never take yourself too seriously and remember that there's always someone else worse off. A funeral was held yesterday in Staten Island, and she was buried in Queens. The country's oldest resident also died this week at 114. Mary Josephine Ray passed early Sunday in Westmoreland, N.H. The oldest person in the U.S. is now Neva Morris, 114, of Ames, Iowa.[rc] knelson@nydailynews.com © Copyright 2010 NYDailyNews.com