THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Jack C. Hasenfus
Issue Date: March 16, 2018
Jack Craig Hasenfus, 70, of Green Bay, formerly of Marinette, passed away Monday, March 5, 2018 at his home.
Born May 29, 1947, he was the eldest son of Jack Sr. and June Hasenfus. His grandparents were William and Lou Hasenfus, owners of The Silver Dome, once a resort on the shores of Lake Michigan where entertainers like Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong performed.
He graduated from Marinette High School in 1965 and attended UW-Madison during the height of the Vietnam War where he studied Communication and Swahili. He married Kathleen (Cairns) and they had two children together.
He followed in the footsteps of his family, being part owner of Lolli's Tavern in Marinette. In the early 1970's, Lollis was the first to serve Bacardi Rum and Coke by the pitcher-full.
The success of Lolli's led them to purchase Rivergate Supper Club on Hwy 180 and The Stein on Main Street, both in Marinette, which became very popular.
After leaving the restaurant business, he relocated to Green Bay where he worked with adults with disabilities. He then married Cynthia Woodard and they operated and owned a network of group homes for adults with disabilities.
An avid sports fan, he loved following UWGB Phoenix Women's Basketball team and attended many of their games. He coached many youth recreational sports, refereed adult recreational basketball games and umpired adult co-ed softball leagues.
He loved golf and bowling and enjoyed creative writing and sharing short stories with family and friends. A social man, he loved to be around people, had many loyal lifelong friends and touched the lives of many people.
He is survived by two children, Aimee Hasenfus (Jon Drolet) and Jesse (Toni) Hasenfus; six grandchildren; two brothers, Jeffrey Hasenfus and Gary (Sue) Hasenfus; nieces; nephews; cousins and many close friends.
Visitation was held at Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home in Marinette on Sunday, March 11 from 1 p.m. until time of a Memorial Service at 3 p.m. A celebration of his life and stories followed at Lolli's Pub at 4 p.m.
Donations can be made to the UW-Green Bay Foundation, marked as "Phoenix Fund-Women's Basketball in memory of Jack Hasenfus."