Erhard Bochert
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Erhard Bochert
  • June 11, 1944 - October 13, 2017
  • Boulder, Colorado

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Erhard Hans Bochert passed away on Friday, October 13th, 2017 at the Tru Community Care Hospice in Boulder, Colorado. He passed away after a quickly-progressing sickness. He is survived by his wife of nearly thirty-nine years, Jolanta, his two children, Christopher and Monika, as well as his daughter-in-law Ting. Erhard was born on June 11, 1944 in Wetzlar, Germany to Kurt and Kunigunde Bochert. Fulfilling the concept of a self-made man, Erhard started from the basics of baking and over the decades grew into a successful business owner and family man. When Erhard was fourteen years old, he started his three-year-long baker's apprenticeship at a small cafe in Weilberg, Germany. Always focusing on the quality of the goods he produced, Erhard received his formal training in the Culinary Art of Baking at the Pastry and Bakery Business College in Basel, Switzerland, and received his diploma in the specialty of "Confiserie-Praline" in 1965. After he completed his schooling, he traveled around Germany and Switzerland, working at various hotels as a pastry chef. In Switzerland, he worked in cities such as Interlaken, Lucern, St. Moritz, and Gstaad; in Germany, he most notably worked in the Dom Cafe in Cologne as well as the Frankfurter Hof in Frankfurt. Having grown up in American-controlled Western Germany, Erhard always had a fascination with cowboys, the wild west, and Elvis Presley. He had a childhood dream of moving to America and in 1965, this became a reality when the Hilton Hotel sponsored him to come work in Washington D.C. Without any foreknowledge of English, he packed his bags, said goodbye to the world he grew up in, and welcomed the next chapter of adventure in his life. After crossing the Atlantic Ocean, he moved around frequently, performing seasonal work in a variety of hotels in cities such as Washington D.C., Houston, Texas, Tuscon, Arizona, Palm Springs, California, Kona, Hawaii, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He finally settled down in Boulder in 1968, where he continued to influence the culinary scene with his European flair. Erhard was the owner and general manager of Gerard's French Bakery from 1975 to 1980. In 1978, he met Jolanta Grabias who had just recently arrived from Poland. United by their European background, they married on November 11, 1978 at Saint Joseph's Polish Church in Denver. From 1980 to 1985, Erhard and Jola owned and operated the original Erhard's European Bakery and Cafe off of 28th Street and Iris Street in Boulder, where Erhard baked fresh croissants, German bread, and pastries. This same bakery and cafe was opened again in 2002 in the new location of 4800 Baseline Road, where the married couple worked together for nearly fifteen years, supplying Boulder with baguettes, muffins, cookies, tarts, strudels, coffees, and lunches. At Erhard's Bakery, strangers became customers, customers became friends, and friends became like family. In spite of his passing, Erhard leaves behind him a legacy of wanderlust and adventurism, inspiring those around him to work and live abroad, never fear the prospect of taking a risk, and always remember the value of quality and good work. Please join us this Thursday, October 19th for a service at Crist Mortuary (3395 Penrose Place) at 11:00am and later for a reception at Erhard's Bakery (4800 Baseline Road) at 3:00pm.