December 12, 2016 9:40 pm
Updated: December 12, 2016 11:52 pm

96-year-old Alberta woman becomes great-great-great grandmother

WATCH ABOVE: A Lethbridge family is making headlines, even grabbing the attention of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife Sophie. The birth of a baby girl has made the family six generations strong. And as Christina Succi reports, they are all women, in one unbroken line.


The holidays usually means having a full house, but for one southern Alberta family, the house is now just a little more full.

Callie Elizabeth Grace Marsh is the newest addition to the Marsh family, marking six generations of women in one unbroken line.

“We had pictures of the six generations right in the hospital,” Callie’s mother, 20-year-old Alisa Marsh, said.

“They were all excited.”

The birth of baby Callie, plus 5 women, makes this southern Alberta family six generations strong.

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Callie was born Friday, Oct. 7 at Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge, Alta.

There to welcome Callie to the world was her mother Alisa, new grandmother 39-year-old Amanda Cormier, great-grandmother 59-year-old Grace Couturier, great-great-grandmother 75-year-old Gwen Shaw, and the matriarch, great-great-great grandmother 96-year-old Vera Sommerfeld.

Callie Elizabeth Grace Marsh marks six generations of women in her family.

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Sommerfeld became the proud head of six generations of daughters, five of which were first-born children.

“We all came up to the hospital and I had held her up there and it was just absolutely wonderful,” Sommerfeld said.

“She is just such a beautiful girl.”

Great-great-great grandmother Vera Sommerfeld, 96, is overjoyed with the arrival of baby Callie.

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Sommerfeld said she could barely contain her excitement while waiting for baby Callie.

“We were waiting for her right from the day they were married.”

Sommerfeld, born in 1920, hails from Saskatchewan but settled in Lethbridge in 2009.

Many wonder what Sommerfeld’s secret to living a long life is, including her own doctor.

“The doctor says, ‘what do you suppose keeps that?’ and my son says, ‘she has two drinks of rum everyday.”

The Guinness world record for the most generations in an unbroken chain is seven, but the family tells Global News, it’s simply not in their genes to back down from a challenge.


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