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This great-grandmother from Pennsylvania has 100 reasons to brag.
Marguerite Koller, who is 99 years old, recently welcomed her 100th great-grandchild into her huge family. This comes as she is getting close to turning 100 herself.
Even more amazing, she almost became a nun before marrying her husband William in 1942, just before World War II.
“I’m just thinking how lucky I am,” said Koller, who lives in Blue Bell right outside of Philly.
Koller, now a widow, is the mother of 11 and grandmother of 56, according to the report.
“I figured I wanted 12 but after I started to have them, I wasn’t sure I wanted that many,” Koller told WPVI in 2015.
Oddly an only child herself, Koller said in 2015 she applied for the convent as a junior in high school, but her future husband of 66 years persuaded her out of it.
“I wanted to have a big family,” she said. “I think it’s difficult being an only child – it’s lonely.”
Christine Balster, who is Koller's granddaughter and the mother of the 100th great-grandchild, told NBC 10 that she and her husband named the baby Koller William as a tribute to the baby's late great-grandfather.
Koller, born in 1922, will celebrate her birthday a few months from now.
“Lovely, sweet, strong lady that has created this amazing legacy spanning four generations,” Balster said.