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Supercentenarian Goldie Steinberg, Long Islander believed to be oldest living Jewish person in the world, dies at age 114

Goldie Steinberg, seen in a file photo celebrating

Goldie Steinberg, seen in a file photo celebrating her 114th birthday on Oct. 30, 2014, was the sixth-oldest person in the world and the second-oldest resident in New York State, according to the California-based Gerontology Research Group. Photo Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

Goldie Steinberg of Long Beach, who had achieved the status of oldest living Jewish person in the world, has died at the age of 114, her family said.

She was the sixth-oldest person in the world and the second-oldest resident of New York State, according to the California-based Gerontology Research Group.

The secret to her longevity, according to her grandchildren, was the close relationships Steinberg fostered.

"There was a sense that at her core nothing was more important than family," said grandson Ian Kutner, 44, of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Steinberg died Sunday, surrounded by friends and family, at Grandell Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, her home for the past decade.

Peter Kutner, 45, of Massapequa Park, said his grandmother's health had been fading, along with her appetite.

On Sunday, relatives who couldn't be present were invited to say their goodbyes via videoconferencing.

"We all told her how much we loved her," Peter Kutner said. "She waited until everybody in the family said goodbye, and then she was gone."

Steinberg was known as a caring and warm resident of Grandell. She split her time between watching the Yankees on television and crocheting, and she visited with family members daily.

Peter Kutner said she would help feed other residents who could not feed themselves.

"She showed so many how you can live a productive and rewarding life well into longevity," Grandell administrator Baruch Giberstien said in a statement.

Steinberg was born on Oct. 30, 1900, in Kishinev, Moldova. After surviving the Kishinev pogrom of April 1903, an anti-Jewish riot that killed more than 40 Romanian Jews, she immigrated to the United States at age 23.

She took a job as a seamstress and married Phillip Steinberg. The couple lived in Brooklyn and had two children. Her husband died in 1967, but Steinberg remained in their apartment until 2004.

In previous interviews with Newsday, Steinberg said she became a supercentenarian -- someone who reaches age 110 or older -- "because I have very good children."

Her daughter, Anne Teicher, 73, of Roslyn, helped her navigate Social Security and rent control, and brought her yarn.

Ian Kutner said he would fly from North Carolina to New York just to spend time with his grandmother.

"For those close with her, she was just a wonderful friend," Kutner said. "She really just cared about people and their well-being."

Steinberg is also survived by her son, Donald Sargent, 70, of Fairfax, Virginia; two other grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She will be buried at Wellwood Cemetery in Pinelawn after a funeral service Wednesday.

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