Woman, 99, ‘Wanted To Have A Big Family’ And Just Welcomed Her 100th Great-Grandchild


Marguerite “Peggy” Koller welcomed her 100th great-grandchild on Aug. 4, 2022, just days before her own milestone 100th birthday.

Despite growing up an only child, Marguerite married William Koller shortly after World War II. William passed away in 2008 after 66 years of marriage, but his legacy lives on. From their 11 children, 56 grandchildren and 100 great-grandchildren were born.

The idea of having a large family appealed to me. Marguerite told ABC7 that being an only child is challenging.

It brings Marguerite’s family to 168 members with the birth of Koller “Kole” William Balster to her grandchild Christine.

We introduced her to Koller, who was named after the family name,” Stokes told Good Morning America.

“She was ecstatic. Words are limited for sure. “She was just so happy and felt so blessed and lucky to be holding him,” Stokes said. “You could feel the emotion and gratitude and (she) just felt blessed again that she got to hold yet another great-grandbaby, named after my grandfather.”

Patrick and Christine wanted to give their child a meaningful name.

Patrick said, “We wanted a name that had equal significance.” Cole has always been a favorite name of mine. One day (first son) Chris said, “How about Koller?” ‘We thought about Koller, and we went for Koller William … Her grandfather was William Koller. The name “William” is also on my side of the family; I am a fourth-generation William. We were like, it just made sense. The feeling was good.”

Koller was not originally expected to be baby number 100.

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Christine said, “It was a race to 100.”. Colleen and I had our due dates just a day apart, and she had the 99th great-grandchild, who is absolutely healthy and gorgeous. I’m just grateful and blessed to have another few babies joining our family.”

Marguerite celebrated the birth of her 50th great-grandchild, John, about 10 years ago. 

“It was the most emotional thing that I think I had ever experienced,” Marguerite had said of being present at the hospital for the birth.

With such a large family that’s based mostly in and around Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, how crazy does Thanksgiving get?

“We just come in different heats,” Christine explained with a chuckle, adding they then “spend some time together and then we disperse so that everyone can kind of get together at these critical points throughout the year.”

Baby Koller was named after great-grandpa, but what about Marguerite?

“My grandmother was named Marguerite, my mother named my oldest sister Marguerite, and my brother’s second daughter is also named Marguerite,” Christine said.

The original Marguerite will turn 100 in November 2022, and her family is looking forward to spending more time with her. Marguerite’s longevity was attributed to twice-daily workouts and her family’s love and support.

“Faith and family really motivate her,” Christine said. No matter what is going on or how old she is, she is present. She never misses a graduation, baptism, wedding, or book moment at school. It doesn’t matter what it is, she’s always there.”

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