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Culligan’s First Female Culligan Dealer Passes Away at 105

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Lucille With Emett CulliganThere's plenty more to Culligan's legacy than water filtration.

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 generations.

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 world.

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.

New Year, New You

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The excitement of a "fresh start" has just begun, and in the midst of it all is the need for resolutions; whether it's trying something new or bettering something in our lives. One resolution that everyone should strongly consider though is adding more water to their daily routine.

While many are aware of the benefits of water to all aspects of life, there are quite a few specific to one's health and well-being. Here are a few to help you get started:

  • Helps You Lose Weight:  Replace high calorie beverages with water, decreasing calorie intake
  • Adds Shine to Hair: At the end of your shower, rinse hair with cool water to add shine
  • Makes You Smarter: Drink enough a day and it will increase oxygen levels to brain, improving cognitive performance
  • Reduces Anxiety/Stress: Use a water feature (think tabletop water fountain) on your desk at work to calm your mood
  • Improves Sleep: Soak in a hot bath before bedtime to increase relaxation
  • Increases Energy/Minimizes Fatigue: Drinking plenty of H20 helps organs function properly and prevents dehydration, giving you more vitality  
  • Keeps You Young: Keep skin moisturized and reduce wrinkles by drinking at least 8 glasses a day

Water has so many perks, including making YOU a healthier version of yourself. So whether you've decided to learn a new language, exercise more often or perhaps travel more in 2014, adding water into the equation can only benefit you and your livelihood! Drink up!