Woman, 99, ‘who almost became a nun’ welcomes her 100th great-grandchild

At one point in her adolescence, Marguerite Koller was ready to embark on life as a nun.

She had applied and been accepted to a convent near her home in Philadelphia.

But falling in love with husband-to-be William soon changed all that, and the pair had no less than 11 children together.

Marguerite, who had been an only child herself, then went on to welcome 56 grandchildren into the fold.

Now, as she nears her 99th birthday, she has met with her 100th great-grandchild as the family expands even more.

Fitting the entire family round a table for Thanksgiving is near impossible, so the family celebrate important holidays in ‘heats’, said Christine Balster.

She is one of Marguerite’s 56 grandchildren and the mother to the 100th great-grandchild.

He has been named Koller in honour of his great-grandmother’s surname.

Marguerite Koller, an only child, had wanted to have a big family (Picture: NBC 10 Philadelphia)
100th great-grandchild Koller William is named after her late husband (Picture: NBC 10 Philadelphia)

The youngster has also been entrusted with the middle name William, after Marguerite’s late husband.

‘My husband liked the name Kole,’ Christine

‘It felt very natural to name him Koller and William as the middle name.

‘And then we can always call him Kole if we like.’

Christine added that the near-centenarian ‘had created an amazing legacy spanning through generations.’

Marguerite’s family says she created an ‘amazing legacy spanning through generations’ (Picture: 6 ABC)
Her massive family have ‘heats’ for big events to ensure they run smoothly (Picture: Facebook)

Marguerite, of Blue Bell in Philadelphia, will celebrate her 100th birthday in a couple months.

‘I’m just thinking how lucky I am,’ the 99-year-old had said as she met with little Koller.

She had been in high school in the early 1940s when she toyed with the idea of becoming a nun.

William, who died in 2008, ‘talked her out of it’ as their love blossomed.

Marguerite had always wanted to have a big family after experiencing how ‘difficult’ and ‘lonely’ being an only child had been growing up.

She told ABC in 2015: I figured I wanted 12, but after I started to have them, I wasn’t sure I wanted that many.’ 



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