Life and legacy remembered for Three Brothers Bakery founder Sigmund Jucker

Sigmund Jucker, the last of the three original founders of Three Brothers Bakery, died Dec. 11. He was 98. (Courtesy Three Brothers Bakery)
Sigmund Jucker, the last of the three original founders of Three Brothers Bakery, died Dec. 11. He was 98. (Courtesy Three Brothers Bakery)

Sigmund Jucker, the last of the three original founders of Three Brothers Bakery, died Dec. 11. He was 98. (Courtesy Three Brothers Bakery)

Sigmund Jucker, the last of the three original founders for Three Brothers Bakery, died Dec. 11, but his legacy will endure.

That the message from family and loved ones during a Dec. 14 virtual funeral service in honor of Sigmund, who survived Nazi concentration camps during World War II and worked hard after arriving in Houston alongside his brothers to make a life for himself in the United States.

“My dad was a humble man,” said daughter Susan Goldberg during the service. “He was appreciative of what he had and never wanted more.”

Sigmund, his twin brother Sol and younger brother, Max, worked at Hanke Pilot’s bakery after arriving in Houston. Shortly thereafter, the three brothers purchased the old Meshkat bakery at Holman and LaBranch, across from Temple Beth Israel, and renamed it Three Brothers Bakery, according to the Three Brothers Bakery website.

In May 1955, the brothers moved the bakery to Almeda Street at Southmore – right next to Leff Brothers, then eventually to South Braeswood in May 1960.


Over the years, Sigmund and his brothers were dedicated to the business’s success, working six days a week, 16 hours per day for more than 50 years to build the bakery into what it is today.

By 2000, Sigmund’s eldest son, Bobby, took over the bakery and in 2005 his wife, Janice, joined him.

“He was a millionaire,” Bobby said during the service. “He had the wrong kind of dough, though in his mind he had the right dough. He will be missed. He was a great dad.”
By Hunter Marrow
Hunter Marrow came to Community Impact Newspaper in January 2020. Before that, Hunter covered local news in Ontario, OR for three years, covering municipal issues, crime, and education across Malheur County and across the border into Idaho.


MOST RECENT

Residents of the Spring Village apartment complex in southwest Houston are being relocated to allow the city of Houston to demolish the complex for detention. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)
Resident relocations ongoing as Houston preps to demolish flood-prone apartment complex near Westbury

Relocating the residents will cost the city an estimated $1.5 million.

plumbing
Houston approves residential water rate increase after delays, contentious vote

Houston’s residential water rates will increase Sept. 1, City Council approved in a 12-4 vote June 23.

The Kinder Institute for Urban Research released its 2021 State of Housing for Harris County and Houston report on June 22. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)
Kinder Institute 2021 State of Housing report highlights rental squeeze for lower, middle-income households

As of 2019, one in every 11 renters in Harris County had an eviction notice posted to their door; one in every 25 renter households were also evicted.

Bellagreen will open its first carryout- and delivery-only restaurant Aug. 2. (Courtesy bellagreen)
Bellagreen sets opening date for new Galleria-area location

This limited-footprint model will allow guests to pick up Bellagreen’s cuisine through an on-the-go experience, accepting individual and catering orders.

The craft beer industry is growing in the Greater Houston area. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Greater Houston area's craft brewery count grows 344% since 2013

According to NAI Partners, the Greater Houston area has 71 craft breweries.

Gov. Greg Abbott announced a special legislative session will begin July 8. (Trent Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Gov. Greg Abbott announces special legislative session to start July 8

Agenda items will be announced before the session begins, according to a release from the governor's office.

The Bellaire City Council is considering a specific use permit that will allow Bellaire Church of Christ to construct new parking on the northern portion of 8001 South Rice Avenue. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)
Bellaire City Council considers new Church of Christ parking lot

The proposal, which faces opposition from several homeowners, could be further deliberated by the council on July 19 before a permit is approved or denied.

Texas Medical Center coronavirus updates: Hospital system reports 2.2% positivity rate, down 13% year to date

COVID-19 patient numbers at medical center hospitals are down to 309 from the over 2,000 patients those same hospitals were housing in January.

The text of General Order No. 3, which Gordon Granger issued from Galveston in June 1865 to explicitly liberate enslaved Black Texans, runs across the bottom of the mural. (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)
‘I am filled’: Houston-Galveston area celebrates first Juneteenth as federal holiday

See how local policymakers, historians, artists and philanthropists honored the Juneteenth holiday at its birthplace with the dedication of a 5,000-square-foot mural.

The Texas Central rail connection from Dallas to Houston will feature a bullet train similar to this one. (Courtesy Texas Central Partners/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas Supreme Court declines to review high-speed rail case, freeing company up to use eminent domain

Texas Central, the company looking to build a 236-mile high-speed rail line connecting Houston and Dallas, has been given a big win in an ongoing legal battle over whether the company is legally recognized as a "railroad company" under state law.

The East River 9 golf course and Riverside Houston restaurant will be overlooking the city of Houston skyline. (Rendering of Riverhouse Houston; Courtesy of Sterling Illustration)
Golf course, restaurant coming on bank of Buffalo Bayou

A new public golf course and restaurant are coming to Houston’s Fifth Ward on the bank of Buffalo Bayou in early 2022.