100th great-grandchild: 99-year-old grandmother Peggy Koller of Blue Bell, Montgomery County meets the new baby


BLUE BELL, Pa. (WPVI) — A Montgomery County, Pennsylvania woman celebrates the birth of her 100th great-grandchild.

Peggy Koller, 99, of Blue Bell, was able to hold the baby, who is not only special because he wears number 100, but also because his name is special.

Koller William Balster.

“As soon as we got out of the hospital, we went to Grandma’s house and introduced her to Koller. She was absolutely thrilled,” said the baby’s mother, Chrissy Balster.

“I’ve always loved the name Cole. And Chrissy once said, ‘What about Koller?'” said the baby’s father, Patrick Balster. “So we thought about it. Then we went to Koller William – whose (Chrissy’s) grandfather William Koller was named after.”

This large family has grown from a small one. Peggy was an only child.

Action News profiled Peggy in 2015, when she revealed she had applied to be a nun in high school.

“I actually applied when I was a junior in high school, but (William) talked me out of it,” Peggy told Action News.

They got married and welcomed 11 children. Then came 56 grandchildren.

“I wanted to have a big family. I think it’s hard being an only child, it’s lonely,” Peggy said.

The family went on to include lawyers, educators, property developers and one of Peggy’s sons even took over the family business – the famous Koller Funeral Home in Roxborough.

“I always hoped for a doctor, but I never got one,” Peggy said with a laugh.

Chrissy Balster and her cousin Colleen were due to arrive a day apart, so it was a question of which baby would become lucky number 100.

We now know that Baby Koller has this special honor, but both babies are healthy and happy.

Patrick and Chrissy think they know some of the secrets to Peggy’s longevity and strength.

“She trains twice a day, which is crazy,” Patrick said.

“I think faith is the other, I would say. Faith and family. That’s what keeps her going,” Chrissy said.

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