Oldest American, Adele Dunlap of NJ, Turns 114

PITTSTOWN, N.J. (AP/Hamodia) -

The New Jersey woman who is the oldest American is another year older.

Adele Dunlap received balloons, and fellow residents at the Country Arch Care Center in Pittstown on Monday sang “Happy Birthday” to the 114-year-old.

Dunlap didn’t appreciate the fuss. Asked what she was thankful for, Dunlap said, “Gee, how should I know?” As for a birthday wish, she responded, “I’ve never thought of such a thing. I don’t wish for anything.”

Told that she was the oldest American, she responded in jest, “I am 104.” The nursing staff and her family say it’s her habit to shave about a decade off her age.

Dunlap became the country’s oldest person in July following the death of Goldie Michelson, a”h, of Worcester, Massachusetts. Born in Newark in 1902, Dunlap said she liked the state since “I’m used to it.”

She is among the ten oldest people in the world, with the oldest living in Italy.