A couple in Illinois welcomed their 100th grandchild last month. Leo and Ruth Zanger have been married for 59 years. They have 12 children, and through them have had 53 grandchildren and 45 great-grandchildren. Now the couple has welcomed one great-great-grandchild. Add that together and that makes for a total of 100 grandchildren (and great-grandchildren.)
With a family so big they have to rent out a church hall for holidays and require about 10 turkeys. Leo and Ruth say they wouldn’t have it any other way.
Leo joked about his extra large family in an interview with Quincy Herald-Whig: “The good Lord has just kept sending them. We could start our own town.”
The couple welcomes their 100th grandchild with open arms and even admits there’s always room for more. Their oldest child is their daughter Linda, 58, and they youngest is their son Joe, 31. Their first grandchild Jeannine was born in 1975 and is now 40.
There is a special bond between a family this large and while you can assume things get confusing with that many people, Ruth says that all their grand-kids know who they are.