1924 – 2021
On Wednesday April 14, 2021 Kansas City lost one of its iconic immigrants. Elsbeth Bollier, along with husband Andre Bollier helped shape the culinary landscape of this great city. She worked tirelessly, for more than fifty years, to help build Andre’s Confiserie Suisse into one of Kansas City’s destination attractions.
Elsbeth, Andre and their children came to the United States in June of 1955 and Andre’s Confiserie Suisse opened in October that same year. Elsbeth’s creative culinary skills helped shape the menus for what has always been known as the Tea Room.
Elsbeth was the matriarch of the family and a leader in the Kansas City community. She taught the family the importance of honesty, hard work and responsibility. Whether corralling her family for a holiday get together, interacting with customers about the finer points of a confection, or guiding staff in the Tea Room and kitchen, Elsbeth radiated an intense interest in and concern for others. She had a zest for life, a vibrant personality and infectious humor. She leaves behind a legacy of excellence and kindness that all who encountered her will miss.
Elsbeth is preceded in death by her parents, husband Andre, daughter Denise and KC brother and sister-in-law Robert and Rose Marie Bollier.
She is survived by her son Marcel Bollier and wife Connie, daughter Brigitte Gravino and husband Kevin, grandchildren Monique Wehrle, Rene Bollier and wife Nancy, Denise Harris and husband Welsh, Jacqueline Beltrame and husband Brett, Raphael Gravino and wife Lauren, great grandchildren Gavin, Alexandra and Lauren Wehrle, Joelle, Sophie and Scarlett Bollier, Hanna and Alora Harris, Dominic and Gabrielle Beltrame and KC nieces and nephews Danielle Griffith, Eric Bollier, Rene Bollier, Corinne Tyler and Michele Miller.
In memory of Elsbeth, the family asks that you spread kindness.