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Lucienne (Lulette) Wald, 98, passed peacefully from this earth on February 23, 2021, in her home in Kirkwood, MO.


She was born December 8, 1922 in St. Louis, MO to Rose and Lawrence Hill.


Lucienne knew from the time she was a child that art would be an integral part of her life.  She didn’t realize, however, that she would be involved in so many areas of art throughout her many years.  She started her artistic endeavors by redesigning dresses for a women’s magazine.  Then she moved on to Curtiss-Wright’s St. Louis aircraft plant as a draftsman (there were no “draftsperson” or “draftswomen”) during the war.  After the war, Lucienne moved to New York City and spent a short time in theatre.  Her older sister, Yvonne, was a ballerina with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and through her, Lucienne got a chance on the stage in a small role.  While in New York, she attended the Bellevue Hospital School of Nursing and worked as a nurse for a year.  Lucienne met her husband, Niel Wald, of 65 years while living in New York.  Because of the nature of Niel’s work (the study of the effects of radiation on people) Lucienne and Niel lived in Japan for 3 years, were her two sons, David and Phillip were born.  Lucienne and Niel lived in Pittsburgh, PA for many years.  It was at this time that she painted, made digital art, and wrote poetry.  She published a small book of poetry called, View Through the Window.


Lucienne was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Niel; her two sons, David and Phillip; her sister, Yvonne Jacobs; her brother, John Hill Sr.; a nephew, Vincent Jacobs; and a niece, Deirdre Moran.


She is survived by a granddaughter, Esther Wald; by a niece, Sue Vilord (David); a niece Debbie Hill-Triola (Bill); a great niece, Jackie Engelhart; a great nephew, Ben Valenti (Dana); a great niece Emilia Hurley (Coty); and many other nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great- great nieces and nephew and friends.

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