This great-grandmother from Pennsylvania has 100 reasons to brag.
Marguerite Koller, who is 99, recently welcomed her 100th great-grandchild into the oversized family as she herself nears 100.
Making the feat even more incredible, she almost became a nun before choosing to marry husband William in 1942 just before World War II, according to NBC 10 Philadelphia.
“I just think how lucky I am,” said Koller, who lives in Blue Bell just outside of Philly.
Koller, now a widow, is a mother of 11 children and a grandmother of 56, according to the report.
“I thought I wanted 12, but after I started getting it, I wasn’t sure I wanted that many,” Koller told WPVI in 2015.
Curiously an only child herself, Koller said in 2015 that she applied for the convent as a junior in high school, but her future husband of 66 years persuaded her to drop out.
“I wanted to have a big family,” she says. “I think it’s hard being an only child – it’s lonely.”
Koller’s granddaughter and mother of the 100th great-grandchild, Christine Balster, told NBC 10 that she and her husband named the landmark child Koller William, an ode to the late great-grandfather of the baby.
Koller, born in 1922, will celebrate her birthday in a few months.
“Charming, sweet and strong lady who created this incredible legacy over four generations,” Balster said.
New York Post