Franziska Puricelli

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Franziska Puricelli

Franziska Puricelli (born May 4, 1830 in Rheinböllerhütte in the Hunsrück , † November 16, 1896 in Bretzenheim an der Nahe ) was an important German donor from the Puricelli industrial family .


Franziska Puricelli was born on May 4, 1830 in Rheinböllerhütte, which today 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 .

Franziska'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. Franziska (called Fanny) had two siblings: the older brother Eduard (1826-1893) and the younger sister Eugénie (called Jenny, 1840-1862).


The children of the strictly Catholic, wealthy entrepreneurial family grew up in Rheinböllerhütte. Franziska later attended a girls' boarding school in Mannheim . In 1851 she married her cousin Carl III. Puricelli (1824–1911), the son of your uncle Carl II. Theodor; The son Heinrich was born in 1852. The family lived first in Bingen , later in Bad Kreuznach and Bretzenheim.

Franziska and her sister Eugénie Puricelli, who is suffering from tuberculosis (left in the picture)

In the early 1860s, Franziska Puricelli took care of her younger sister Eugénie, who had tuberculosis and who died in 1862 at the age of just 21. After this loss, Franziska, her brother Eduard and their parents decided to found the Puricelli Foundation in Rheinböllen, for which an orphanage was built from 1862 onwards . A hospital and a chapel were added in 1887 and 1888 . Above the main portal of the chapel, Franziska and Eugénie Puricelli are pictured together with Our Lady and the baby Jesus. Franziska and her husband Carl are shown in a church window.

In addition to the Puricelli monastery, Franziska Puricelli also devoted herself to the construction and maintenance of numerous chapels and churches in the region. During the Kulturkampf between the German Empire and the Catholic Church from 1871 to 1878, she supported Catholic clergy and theology students financially. The St.-Franziska-Stift in Bad Kreuznach, founded in 1909/1910, is named after her, which was originally a women's hospital and now houses a specialist clinic for psychosomatic diseases.

Franziska Puricelli died on November 16, 1896 at the age of 66 in Bretzenheim an der Nahe. She was buried in the crypt under the choir of the Puricelli monastery chapel.

In addition to the St. Franziska monastery and the Puricelli monastery, streets in Bad Kreuznach and Rheinböllen are also named after her.


  • 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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