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Elizabeth Buhler, who died Sunday in Winkler, Man., would have turned 112 in February. ((candicehoeppner.com))

A Manitoba woman believed to be the oldest Canadian has died at age 111.

Elizabeth Buhler, who died Sunday in Winkler, Man., would have turned 112 in February.

She was born Feb. 8, 1899, in Ukraine and moved to Canada with her husband in 1925.

Buhler's daughter, Justina Suderman, said her mother kept a positive attitude, despite enduring hard times in the former Russian empire and farming during the Great Depression.

Buhler's religious faith and regular exercise were the keys to her longevity, said Suderman, also noting her mother ate whatever she wanted and was fond of cooking with lard.

The oldest living person is now another Ukraine-born woman, Pearl Lutzko, who lives in Saskatchewan. She was born Feb. 15, 1899.

The oldest Canadian on record was Marie-Louise Meilleur, who was born in August 1880 in Kamouraska, Que., and died in April 1998 in Corbeil, Ont.

She was 117 years and 230 days old.

With files from The Canadian Press