Lucile Doris Lichtenstein
1925 - 2017
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Lucile Doris Lichtenstein

Dec. 18, 1925 - Feb. 5, 2017


Lucile Doris Lichtenstein, of Salinas, wife of Stan Lichtenstein, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on February 5, 2017.

Lucile was born December 18, 1925, in Nashua, Iowa and attended Nashua High School where she was a cheerleader, graduating 1944.

She attended the University of Iowa from 1944-1946 where she was a physical education major. She was a member of the Scottish Highlanders, a Scottish marching band, along with her sister, Lois. This band performed during football at-home and away games but also visited and entertained at Army bases and military hospitals in the Midwest. During this time, her sweetheart, Stan Lichtenstein, a classmate she had known since they were both in first grade, was in the United States Army Air Force, Army Airways Communications Service and was later stationed in Japan.

Lucile moved to California in 1946 to be close to Stan after he left the military while he started Whittier College and she kept busy working for Quaker Savings. Lucile and Stan traveled to Nashua, Iowa, to be married on Sept 5, 1948.  The newlyweds immediately returned to California so Stan could complete his BA in Business Administration at Whittier College. To support this effort, Lucile returned to the banking industry.

In 1951, Lucile and Stan traveled to the east coast so he could attend New York University and study for his master's degree while Lucile worked for Wanamaker's Department Store. During this time, they lived on North Brother Island, in the Bronx, and commuted by ferry from the mainland to their tiny apartment. After Stan's graduation, the couple moved back to Whittier in 1951 where their daughter, Susanne, their only child, was born in 1952. All of Lucile's family moved from the Midwest to join them in Whittier shortly following.

Lucile followed Stan's career with the JCPenney Company beginning with moves throughout California; from Whittier to Long Beach and then to the San Fernando Valley. There, Lucile and Stan learned to play golf. Stan continued as a golfer while Lucile continued to share their enthusiasm as they attended many AT&T Tournaments in Pebble Beach and continued as avid fans of televised tournaments, as well. While in California, Lucile and Stan began a lifetime wine-tasting tour from San Diego to the Napa-Sonoma region. Many weekend trips and vacations were centered around visiting famous and obscure California wineries.

Lucile and her family then moved to Fullerton, which was followed, two years later, by another cross country move, this time to Ridgewood, New Jersey, when Stan was assigned to work in the JCPenney Headquarters in Manhattan. Another transfer followed when the couple relocated to Redlands in 1970. There, Lucile was a member of the Assistance League of Redlands. She volunteered in a thrift shop that supported free dental work for children who could not have otherwise accessed to this health service. In that community, she made many close and important friends. In 1981, Lucile and her husband were again uprooted, this time to Hilo, Hawaii, where Lucile volunteered at a hospital in Hilo. She adapted and enjoyed the exotic culture of Hawaii and generous friendships that continued over the years.

Her final move as a JCPenney wife was when Stan was transferred to Salinas, when he became the store manager of the JCPenney store at Northridge Mall. The couple settled in Salinas when Stan retired in 1986. They maintained a close relationship with other retired JCPenney executives with biannual meetings throughout California which included national conferences Stan and Lucile attended  in Florida, Texas, Nevada and Arizona. Their attendance and participation continued until the very last few years.

Lucile was an expert and meticulous crewel worker; a fine style of needle work.  This talent translated to pictures, pillows and bell pulls that were treasured and displayed by friends and family and throughout their home.

Lucile and Stan began their European travels with the "Grand Tour" in 1970 of many countries in Western Europe. Following this taste for travel, they returned many times to Scotland, Ireland and England and most recently, visited Spain, Portugal and France.

Lucile and Stan enjoyed riding their bicycles throughout their Salinas neighborhood for many years. Later, they could be seen walking on those same neighborhood streets where they maintained many friendly acquaintances.

Particularly in their Salinas neighborhood, Lucile was involved in holiday events, most notably her yearly contribution of baking perfect little gingerbread men that were prepared as Christmas ornaments and distributed to neighbors and friends.

Lucile's life was centered around the activities and happiness of her daughter and two grandchildren, Katie Lucile and Ryan David. Their interests and accomplishments were encouraged and celebrated. 

Lucile is survived by her husband, Fred Stanly Lichtenstein, now of Monterey; sister, Lois Fathauer of Waverly, IA; daughter, Susanne Buxbaum and son-in-law, Bill Jones of Monterey; grandson, Ryan David Buxbaum, daughter-in-law, Anne Katherine Buxbaum; great-granddaughter, Skyler Jule Buxbaum of Santa Rosa; and granddaughter, Katie Lucile Napp and husband, Robert Anthony Napp of Yorkville.

There will be a private, graveside service this weekend.

In lieu of flowers, it was Lucile's wish that donations would be made to the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.                                                                     

Funeral arrangements by Struve and Laporte. Online condolences to


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Published in The Salinas Californian on Feb. 10, 2017.
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February 20, 2017
Quite a woman! She was a fun and informative part of our practice. Everytime she came in for her dental visits, we got great tips on the best restaurants in the area. She will be missed by everybody here. We all have our thoughts with Stan. Dennis Andresen, DDS
Dennis Andresen
February 10, 2017
Rest In Peace, Ciele. I'm glad I had the opportunity to know you
Marcia Arrrdondo
February 10, 2017
So sorry about losing Lucille she will be missed here on earth but heaven is rejoicing She was a very wonderful person and all of us at Penneys loved her, she was a bright spot in any day. May God be with Stan at this time,he also is a wonderful person. With much love. Bobbie and J.P. Nunn.
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