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Couple's 100th Grandchild Adds to Holiday Family Dinner Crowd

By    |   Wednesday, 27 May 2015 07:10 AM

An Illinois couple recently celebrated the birth of their 100th grandchild, a little something extra to make family dinners even more fun and hectic.

Leo and Ruth Zanger told the Quincy Herald-Whig that their grandson, Austin Zanger, gave birth to a second son, Jaxton Leo, on April 8, expanding the Zanger clan to an even 100. In all, Leo and Ruth Zanger have 53 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, family members told the newspaper.

The Zangers started out with 12 children of their own, born from 1956 through 1984,  with Linda the oldest at 58 and Joe the youngest at 31.

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

The "Today" show said many of the Zangers have remained in Quincy. Leo Zanger runs a real estate agency there and four sons, one daughter and two daughters-in-law work for him.

Family members told "Today" that because of the burgeoning family, holiday gatherings can get a bit crowded. On days like Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, the Zangers rent out a church hall for their family dinners instead of doing it at home.

"When we get together, it's big," said Donna Lane, one of Leo and Ruth Zanger's 12 children. "It's really big. There are a lot of people – a lot of kids – but that's what it's all about. We always have a really good time."

Leo Zanger, 79, who has been married to Ruth for 59 years, admitted to "Today" there was a "fun little competition" to see who would give birth to grandchild No. 100.

"There was one born in March and it was kind of a race, so this has all been really fun," Leo Zanger said.

Austin Zanger told the Quincy Herald-Whig that family gatherings never get old and he has learned that there are certain advantages to having a large family.

"We're all really close," Austin Zanger said. "We get together a lot. There's always a lot of interaction. We spend a lot of time with each other. I know there are a lot of families half of our size who only get together maybe once or twice a year."

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