BLUE BELL, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — A Montgomery County, Pennsylvania woman celebrates the birth of her 100th great-grandchild.
Peggy Koller, 99, of Blue Bell, was allowed to hold the baby, who is not only special because it’s number 100, but because his name is special.
Koller William Balster.
“First thing out of the hospital we went to Grandma and introduced her to Koller. She absolutely loved it,” said the baby’s mother, Chrissy Balster.
“I’ve always loved the name Cole, and one day Chrissy said, ‘What about Koller?'” said the baby’s father, Patrick Balster. “So we thought about it. Then we went to Koller William – that was the name of William Koller (Chrissy’s) grandfather.”
This big family grew out of a small one. Peggy was an only child.
Action News introduced Peggy back in 2015 when she revealed she had applied to be a nun in high school.
“I actually applied when I was a junior in high school, but[William]talked me out of it,” Peggy told Action News.
They married and had 11 children. Then came 56 grandchildren.
“I wanted to have a big family. I think it’s difficult being an only child — it’s lonely,” Peggy said.
The family includes lawyers, educators, real estate developers and one of Peggy’s sons even took over the family business – the well-known Koller Funeral Home in Roxborough.
“I always hoped for a doctor but never got one,” Peggy said, laughing.
Chrissy Balster and her cousin Colleen were only a day apart, so it all mattered which baby would be lucky number 100.
We now know that Baby Koller will receive this special honor, but both babies are healthy and happy.
Patrick and Chrissy think they know some of the secrets behind Peggy’s longevity and strength.
“She works out twice a day, which is crazy,” Patrick said.
“I think faith is the other thing, I would say. faith and family. That’s what kept her going,” Chrissy said.
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