Alois F. (Louis) Etschmaier

March 26th, 1940August 28th, 2015

Alois F. (Louis) Etschmaier, beloved husband, father and grandfather, left this world Aug. 28, after a brief illness, in the arms of his loving family.

 Louis was born March 26, 1940, in Graz, capital of the province of Styria in Austria, to Maria Niederhauser Etschmaier and Blasius Etschmaier.

 He was educated in Graz and graduated from the Pestalozzi Gymnasium (high school) in 1958. He received his degree in electrical engineering (Diplom-Ingenieur) from the Technische Hochschule Graz in 1965, followed by the Dr.techn. degree in 1969. His doctoral thesis, based on his love of skiing, contributed to the development of electronic devices to rescue avalanche victims. He and his classmates were honored in June 2015 in a ceremony at the Technische Universitaet Graz with the “Goldenes Diplom,” commemorating their academic and career accomplishments over 50 years.

 Two years after meeting in Nice, France, Louis and Judith Marie (Warfield) of Pendleton, Oregon were married in Graz on Aug. 8, 1970. They recently celebrated their 45th anniversary in Boulder.

 Louis began his career in 1969 with Brown Boveri & Cie., where he worked as an export manager based in Mannheim, Germany, and from 1977 to 1983, continued as general manager for Brown Boveri Canada in Montreal. In 1983, he came to Boulder, CO, where he worked as manager of Rondo Motor Control in Broomfield and treasured the opportunity to again live near the mountains. By that time, the family was blessed with three daughters, Marie Christine, Martine Renee and Suzanne Louise. 

 From 1989 to 1993, he worked as president of Danfoss USA in Mahwah, NJ, and from 1993 to 2007 at Hauck Manufacturing Co. in Lebanon, PA, as president and CEO. The family followed Louis’ work opportunities to New Jersey and Pennsylvania and upon his retirement in 2007, returned to Boulder, which they consider their true home.

 In addition to skiing, he enjoyed traveling, gourmet cooking, and spending time at the family’s mountain house in Steamboat Springs.

 Surviving are his wife Judy of Boulder; daughters Christine Etschmaier and son-in-law Colin Blair of East Greenwich, RI, Martine Etschmaier and son-in-law Jarred Pinkston of Vienna, Austria, and Suzie Etschmaier of New York, NY; a sister, Elfriede Pfeiffer of Graz, Austria; grandsons Conor William Blair and Pendleton Lee Pinkston; nieces Michaela Knittelfelder of Lang, Austria, and Petra Luttenberger of Hausmanstaetten, Austria, and their families.



A celebration of life will be held Thursday, Sept. 3, at Zucca Italian restaurant, 808 Main Street, Louisville, CO, from 12 noon to 3 p.m. 








Dear Judy and Family, It is such a shocking, and very sad day that we heard of your great loss. Although we have never met Louis; from the obituary it is obvious that he was an extremely talented and special person. We send our condolences and love to Judy, our friend, and to your family as well. Our thoughts and caring will be here for you for all time. Susan and Gary Thomas
Louis was a responsible member of the community and made real contributions to our welfare. He was so reserved as to give no inkling of his sterling professional record. He had a memorable old horse in the pasture when we moved here but before long that horse died from a self-inflicted injury. His talents as a cook were revealed from the gravid salmon he prepared from my excess fresh dill and from the expert instructions he provided for making it (which I did successfully once upon a time). He leaves behind a fine family which it has always been a pleasure to have as neighbors across the street. He will be missed by all of us. Bob Davis, Marcia, Debbie, Leslie and Robin
So sorry to hear about Louis. We were discussing how we hadn't seen you guys for awhile. Let us know if we can do anything here for you. Your Steamboat neighbors, Lani and Jim
We are so sad to hear of Louis 's passing. we have great memories of our times together as next door neighbors in Steamboat even though they were very short. Steamboat was a special place for Louis and your family and we hope your family will continue to be such great neighbors. We were lucky enough to enjoy some of Louis's good cooking. Please let us know Judy when you are in Steamboat so we can get together. Our kind thoughts go out to you and your family Vickie and Marty