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By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Mar 11, 2005

Thanks to Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council for calling attention to the end of a remarkable story.

Amelia Limpert died in Missouri this week, at the age of 101, still mourning George, her husband of 81 years-- I said 81 years!!-- who passed away last year at the age of 102.

I don't know much about George and Amelia Limpert-- you can learn a bit here-- but when they reached the pearly gates, if they were asked whether they had obeyed God's commandment to "Go forth and multiply," they could point to:

  • 9 children
  • 40 grandchildren
  • 117 great-grandchildren
  • 43 great-great grandchildren
  • 13 great-great-great granchildren
  • ... and still counting...

Not bad; not bad at all.

May they rest in peace.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: - Mar. 15, 2005 7:02 PM ET USA

    Except one died as an infant and one died in World War II at 19. One can safely assume neither of those had an opportunity to parent children, which would raise the average to 5.71 among the living ...

  • Posted by: Pablo71 - Mar. 14, 2005 11:52 PM ET USA

    Assuming many of the great-great-grandchildren and great-great-great grandchildren are not yet of marrying age, it is still telling that this couple's family tree will not grow wider and wider with each generation. There own fruitfulness, sadly, did not inspire their progeny. Their nine children generated an average (and still generous) 4.4 children each. But those 40 granchildren only begat 2.9 children each, who then each had 0.3 each. Contraceptive pill anyone?

  • Posted by: Ignacio177 - Mar. 12, 2005 1:55 PM ET USA

    Phil may you and your beloved wife meet the same fate.

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Mar. 11, 2005 10:56 PM ET USA

    There is something profoundly beautiful just in the facts you've presented. May they indeed rest in peace!

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Mar. 11, 2005 6:46 PM ET USA

    May they rest in peace. They've earned a rest.