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
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.