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18 Theriault Kids Receiving Government Pension

By KJ Mullins     Feb 26, 2008 in Lifestyle
Eighteen members of the Arcadian family Theriault have made it to the Guinness book of records for the most siblings over the age of 65. Between 1920 and 1941 Eugene and Alice Theriault welcomed seven sons and 12 daughters into their Grand Falls home.
In 2007 all 19 siblings were claiming government pensions until August when Yvonne died at the age of 87.
Between the siblings there have been 40 children and 46 grand-kids spread out from Grand Falls, Ontario, Quebec and the United States.
"While the 19 siblings were all born in Grand Falls where a few now remain, many have moved to the United States, Ontario and Quebec," Yvon Cyr husband to the baby of the bunch Judy said Monday.
"It makes it difficult to organize family reunions."
Last July the 13 children of Edgar and Anna LeBlanc from Moncton, N.B. established a new Guinness record for "Most Siblings to Reach Pension Age." The news coverage prompted the Theriault's to vie for the rightful claim.
The LeBlanc's do beat the Theriault's on expanding their brood though. The siblings children total 55 with the 100th grand-baby born recently.
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