Carol Bush remembered as ‘huge friend and supporter’ of Green Bay | Green Bay Press-Gazette

GREEN BAY – Carol Bush, a philanthropist whose support created opportunities for Green Bay area youth and women for more than 60 years, died Jan. 6. She was 96.

Bush had a lifelong passion for community support, shared by her late husband Robert who passed away in 2019. Their philanthropy seemingly knew no bounds as the Bushes actively supported the arts, higher education, early childhood education, women’s sports and organizations focused on children, women’s sports, health care and culture.

“They left a legacy far into the future,” said Missy Schmeling, executive director of Encompass Early Education and Care. “She’s one of those genuine, giving, warm people. The whole family really is. They wrap their arms around children and families in the community.”

Family and community leaders remember Carol’s great laugh, a wonderful smile, and boundless energy and creativity for anything Green Bay nonprofits need, from major fundraisers to the little things most people don’t notice. Carol’s support was always passionate, authentic and genuine.

Tracy Arndt, one of Bob and Carol’s four children, said there is no doubt she made a lasting impact on the Green Bay area and set an example for countless women and families, including Arndt, her siblings and their children and grandchildren.

“I never really thought of it growing up, but she was a courageous leader,” Arndt said. “She seemed to see needs in the community and address them. She didn’t need permission (to get involved).”

When the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay hired Kevin Borseth to coach its women’s basketball team in 1998, Carol was the first person to call Borseth. She didn’t want to talk about defensive schemes or recruiting, but how she and Bob could help the program, support the players, and welcome Borseth’s family to the Green Bay area. The Bushes would regularly invite the team to their house for teambuilding activities. The Borseths grew close with the Bushes, as well.

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