A surprise stop at the Renaissance Assisted Living facility in Marinette, Wis., delighted approximately 50 residents. The residents were assembled in the activities room for a game of Bunko when the tour group walked in, causing the team dice game to turn into a spirited affair.
Shirley Beyer, a resident at Renaissance for the past couple years, eagerly greeted the group and enjoyed sharing a her Packers connection: a cousin, Jug Girard, played back for the Packers and appeared in 46 games from 1948-51.
“It’s wonderful they stopped today,” she said with a wide smile on her face. “What a great surprise. This made my day.”
She spoke fondly of her memories of the team, including the support she and her family have given the team for more than 60 years.
“We’ve spent a lot of energy on these guys,” she said. “Lots of anxious moments, I’ll tell you that.”
The players, who employ a variety of games as a way to fill some down time in the locker room, were anxious, and a bit nervous, to learn a new game.
“I like that we all thought it was going to be complicated, and it really wasn’t,” observed Brad Jones, with a chuckle.
“I was trying to get one of the girls to win it, but it didn’t happen,” said Jarrett Bush. “They were into it, that’s for sure.”
Will the players be introducing Bunko to the Packers locker room?
“I don’t think so,” said Bush after pondering the question. “No, I don’t think it will be a locker room game.”
Prior to the visit at Renaissance, the tour made a surprise stop at the Bellin Health facility just down the street where the members visited with patients and staff, and got to take a close-up look at some of the medical equipment.
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