There's plenty more to Culligan's legacy than water
Without the men and women who've developed the company and its
expertise in the industry, Culligan would be little more than a
brand name. Last month, the Culligan system lost one of its
longtime greats, Lucille Neubert.
Lucille, who passed away on December 12 at the age of 105,
became Culligan's first female franchise owner in 1939 when she and
her husband, Merle Sophy, acquired the Mankato, Minnesota
dealership from Culligan's founder, Emmett J. Culligan. At the
time, it was just the ninth franchise in the country.
The dealership in Mankato has remained in the family for three
Lucille was twice widowed before marrying Clarence Neubert and
settling in Arizona. Lucille's son, Michael Sophy, who remains part
owner of Culligan of Mankato along with his son, said his mother
was an avid gardener and pianist, and loved to travel the
Culligan International is grateful for its Culligan men and
women, and thanks Lucille's family for their years of dedicated
service. She'll be missed within the Culligan family.