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‘We could start our own town’: Couple welcomes 100th grandchild

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A couple in Illinois is celebrating the birth of their 100th grandchild.

Leo and Ruth Zanger have been married for 59 years.  They have 12 children, 53 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren, and one great-great granddaughter.

When their 46th great-grandchild was born in April, it became a historic moment. The baby boy brought their grand total of grandchildren to an even 100.

“The good Lord has just kept sending them,” Leo Zanger told the Herald-Whig. “We could start our own town.”

When the holidays roll around, the family has to rent out a church hall just so there is enough room for everyone.

One of the granddaughters is the unofficial family historian who helps keep track of birthdays, weddings, phone numbers, and other important family events.

The big family manages to stay close-knit.  Most of them live in the Quincy, Illinois area and many even work for the family real estate business.

According to the Herald-Whig, the family’s unofficial “mandatory” get-togethers are Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

Even with 100 grandchildren, the couple says they are always open to adding to the family.

“There’s always room for one more,” Ruth Zanger said.


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