Eugénie Puricelli

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Eugénie Puricelli (left in the picture) and her sister Franziska, who had tuberculosis

Eugénie Puricelli (* 1840 in Rheinböllen in the Hunsrück , † 1862 ibid) was a German donor from the Puricelli industrial family . After her early death at the age of only 21, the Puricelli Abbey was founded in Rheinböllen from her estate and in her memory .


Eugénie Puricelli was born in 1840 in Rheinböllerhütte, which belongs to Rheinböllen in the Rhein-Hunsrück district in Rhineland-Palatinate . Her great-grandfather Giacomo Antonio Puricelli (* 1719) immigrated to Germany from Lake Como in Italy around 1750 . Her grandfather Carl I. Wilhelm Anton Puricelli (1766–1805) married Magarethe Utsch in 1791, who was the heir of the Rheinböllerhütte ironworks .

Eugénie's parents were Eugenia (nee Traschier, 1807–1873) and Heinrich I. Puricelli (1797–1876), who together with his brothers Friedrich Ludwig (1792–1880) and Carl II. Theodor (1794–1872) owned the Rheinböllerhütte. Eugénie (called Jenny) had two siblings: brother Eduard (1826-1893) and sister Franziska (called Fanny, 1830-1896).


The children of the strictly Catholic, wealthy entrepreneurial family grew up in Rheinböllerhütte. Eugénie fell ill with tuberculosis at a young age and was cared for by her sister Franziska until she died at the age of only 21. Eugénie Puricelli decided that her siblings and their parents should use their inheritance to found the Puricelli monastery in Rheinböllen, for which an orphanage was built from 1862 . A hospital and a chapel were added in 1887 and 1888 . Eugénie and Franziska Puricelli are pictured above the main portal of the chapel, together with Our Lady and the baby Jesus.

Eugénie Puricelli died in Rheinböllen in 1862 at the age of only 21.


  • Plettenberg, Constantin from: The Puricelli family with special consideration of Franziska Puricelli (1830-1896) in: Klaus Freckmann (ed.): Die Unternehmerfamilie Puricelli , Cologne 1997, series of publications by the Freilichtmuseum Sobernheim, Volume 16, pp. 48-65, ISBN 3-7927-1644-5

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