Jack Hasenfus Obituary

Jack C. Hasenfus
Jack C. Hasenfus

May 29, 1947 - March 5, 2018
Born in Marinette, Wisconsin
Resided in Green Bay, Wisconsin

Obituary

At age 70, Jack Craig Hasenfus passed away peacefully at his home in Green Bay on Monday, March 5, 2018. Jack was part of a storied family in Marinette. Born May 29th, 1947, Jack Hasenfus was the eldest son of Jack Sr. and June Hasenfus. Jack’s grandparents were William and Lou Hasenfus, owners of The Silver Dome, once a magnificent resort on the shores of Lake Michigan where great entertainers, such as Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong, came to perform.

After graduating high school in Marinette in 1965, Jack attended U.W. Madison during the height of the Vietnam War, where he studied Communication, and of all things... Swahili. Jack was destined to follow in the footsteps of his family’s entertainment and restaurant ventures, and became a legend in his own right. Jack's claim to fame was Lolli’s, a tavern in Marinette, of which he was part-owner. In the early 1970’s , Lolli's became incredibly popular and gained notoriety for being the first establishment to serve Bacardi Rum and Coke by the pitcher-full. Still in his 20s, Jack seemed to have an amazing ability for entertaining people. Eventually the great success of Lolli’s led Jack and his partner to invest in two additional establishments: Rivergate Supper Club located on HWY 180, and The Stein which was located on Main Street in Marinette- both of which became very popular.

Jack married Kathleen (Cairns) and they had two children together. Eventually Jack left the restaurant and tavern business and relocated to Green Bay where he dedicated himself to working with adults with disabilities. Jack re-married Cynthia (Woodard) and together they operated and eventually owned a network of group homes for adults with disabilities. Jack was an insatiable sports fan. Jack loved to follow the UWGB Phoenix Women’s Basketball team and attended many of their games. For decades, Jack coached various youth recreational sports, refereed adult recreational basketball games, and umpired adult co-ed softball leagues. Jack also had a passion for golf and bowling. Additionally, Jack enjoyed creative writing and shared many of his entertaining short stories with family and friends. Jack was an incredibly social man, who people loved to be around. He had many loyal lifelong friends and touched the lives of many people over the years.

Jack will be dearly missed by his two children: Aimee Hasenfus (Jon Drolet) and Jesse (Toni) Hasenfus along with all of his grandchildren: Zoe, Holly, Collin, Ali, Hazel, and Greyson. Jack is also survived by his brothers Jeffrey Hasenfus, Gary (Sue) Hasenfus, as well as his nieces, nephews, cousins, and many close friends.

Jack’s memorial service will be held at Hansen-Onion-Martell funeral home in Marinette on Sunday, March 11, 2018 with visitation from 1:00 pm followed by a service at 3:00 pm. In celebration of Jack’s life and stories, a gathering will take place at Lolli’s Pub, beginning at 4:00 pm. In lieu of sending flowers or gifts, we ask that you consider donating to the UW-Green Bay Foundation. Simply designate the gift to “Phoenix Fund- Women’s Basketball in memory of Jack Hasenfus.”

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Visitation
Hansen-Onion-Martell Funeral Home
610 Marinette Avenue
Marinette, WI US 54143
Sunday, March 11, 2018
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Service
Hansen-Onion-Martell Funeral Home
610 Marinette Avenue
Marinette, WI US 54143
Sunday, March 11, 2018
3:00 PM