remembering sigmund jucker

Co-founder of iconic Houston family bakery passes away at 98

Co-founder of iconic Houston family bakery passes away at 98

Sigmund Jucker Three Brothers Bakery
Sigmnd Jucker was the last surviving founding brother of the iconic Three Brothers Bakery.  Austin Natural Funerals/Facebook

One of the original co-founders of Houston's iconic Three Brothers Bakery died Friday, December 11, his family announced.

Sigmund Jucker died at the age of 98.

A virtual memorial service for Jucker will be held Monday, December 14 on the Austin Natural Funerals Facebook page, starting at 2 pm.

According to his obituary, Jucker was born in Poland in 1922.

"Although he always dreamed of being a scientist and was an excellent student, his dreams were dashed when the war broke out in Europe in 1939. At 17, he was sent to concentration camps and survived the horrors during the Holocaust until he was liberated on May 8, 1945. Several years later he left Germany with his brothers and followed his sister to Houston to start a new life," the obituary states.

Upon arrival in Houston, Sigmund, his twin brother Sol and younger brother, Max, worked at Hanke Pilot's bakery.

Later, the three brothers purchased the old Meshkat bakery at Holman Street and LaBranch Street, across from Temple Beth Israel, and renamed it Three Brothers Bakery.

Three Brothers Bakery introduced Houston to bagels, challahs, and many other Jewish and European foods which didn't exist before they opened their first store.

Jucker was the last surviving founding brother of the iconic bakery. Three Brothers Bakery now has three locations in the Houston area.

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