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Illinois Couple Celebrates Birth of 100th Grandchild

Married for 59 years in a small town in Illinois, Leo and Ruth Zanger recently celebrated a milestone that very few people get to achieve. The pair told the Quincy Herald-Whig that they welcomed the birth of their 100th grandchild.

Leo and Ruth had 12 children of their own between 1956 and 1984. Daughter Linda, born in 1956, is the oldest at 58. The youngest is son Joe, 31.

The couple now have 53 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. The birth of great-grandson Jaxton Leo on April 8 made the number 100.

"The good Lord has just kept sending them," Leo Zanger said of the grandkids. "We could start our own town."

Donna Lane, one of Leo and Ruth's daughters, is the unofficial family historian. She is responsible for keeping records of births, weddings, phone numbers, anniversaries and any big news that happens in the Zanger family.

Although they have a huge family, the Zangers claim they get together for family gatherings more often than normal-size families and that marrying into their family can take quite an adjustment to get to know everyone.

But Ruth and Leo have no worries about being forgotten among a sea of Zangers.

"All the grandkids know us," Ruth Zanger said.

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