Lucie Powell

Feb 17, 1919 - Sep 17, 2016


Lucie Auguste Powell was born on February 17, 1919 in Wiesbaden, Germany and died on September 17, 2016, at her home in Sacramento, California. She is preceded in death by her father Fuhrmann Mathias Selzle (1882-1957), her mother Wilhelmine Karoline Selzle (1881-1972), her brother Hans Selzle, her sister Erna Selzle, her first husband Wilhelm Philipp Kassel, (1905-1943), and her second husband Melvin Fleming “Bill” Powell (1908-1980). Lucie lost both her first husband and brother in WWII fighting on the German front in Russia. She lost several other male relatives in the war as did most German families.

Lucie is survived by her daughter Karen Goehring of Lodi, California, her son-in-law Clifford Goehring, her grandson Gregory Patrick Goehring, her granddaughter Nicole Alexandra Goehring, and her greatgrandchildren Abigail Christina Goehring, Mercy Jeanne Goehring, Iona Liberty Goehring, and Elisha David Goehring.

After the war, Lucie met Bill, an American soldier stationed in Germany, and they married on February 18, 1950. Bill and Lucie lived in several places as Bill was transferred from base to base in the military, first in Germany, then France, then Newfoundland, Canada, then Sacramento, CA, then Wichita, KS, then back to Sacramento, CA, where Bill retired from the military and went to work for the U.S. Post Office. Bill and Lucie were able to put together enough money to purchase a residence in Sacramento in the early 1960s where Lucie resided until her death. Lucie held many side jobs and worked hard to supplement Bill’s military income and save money for necessary purchases and ultimately retirement.

Lucie will be remembered as a devoted daughter to her mother in Germany, mother to her daughter Karen, and grandmother, who loved her grandchildren dearly. Karen was likewise devoted to her mother Lucie, visiting her regularly in Sacramento, taking her places, and in her later years diligently caring for her as she gradually lost the ability to care for herself, though remaining determined to stay in her home. Lucie will also be remembered for her wonderful German cooking; hospitality; stories of her family, upbringing, conditions in Germany before the war and the desperate times during and after the war; stories of her husband Bill; her strong political opinions and opinions about many other things; her German expressions and traditions; her good taste and sense of decency; her diligence and work ethic; her trade of fine lingerie and fur; and her many other admirable qualities.

Though she often questioned leaving Germany and coming to America, she left behind a wonderful heritage for which her family is grateful. We will miss you Mom and Oma.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2016, at 10:00am, at the East Lawn Memorial Park cemetery at 4300 Folsom Boulevard, Sacramento.

Funeral Home:
East Lawn Memorial Park
43rd Street & Folsom Boulevard
Sacramento, CA
US 95819

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