UW-Green Bay mourns the loss of Phoenix women’s basketball hall-of-famer Candy Kaye

UW-Green Bay learned of the passing of Candy Kaye, on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021 following a lengthy illness. A Phoenix Hall of Fame athlete, Kaye played from 1978-1982 and majored in Business Administration at UW-Green Bay. She was a lifelong resident of Green Bay and graduate of Green Bay Preble High School. Her former Head Coach Carol Hammerle said Kaye was one of the most talented players she had ever coached. “She had tremendous athletic ability. We used her as a wing, but she could do it all. She had quickness, size and could shoot,” Hammerle said. Teammates described her as strong, incredibly talented, but private and unassuming—a leader by example. Kaye led her teams to a record of 73-30 in four seasons, and two Wisconsin Women’s Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WWIAC ) titles. Kaye was inducted into the Phoenix Hall of Fame in November of 1999. A press release regarding that event stated this about her… “Kaye was one of the first three women to receive an athletic scholarship at UW-Green Bay. She starred on a team that led the Phoenix women to their first winning season in the program’s history—a streak that continues to this day. She left as the program’s all-time leading scorer with 1,068 career points in 1981.”

Visitation will be held on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, at the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum Chapel, 2770 Bay Settlement Rd., from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Memorial service 11 a.m. Monday at the Mausoleum with Deacon Bernie Terrian officiating. Online condolences may be expressed at www.prokowall.com. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a memorial fund to further cancer research will be established.

A full obituary has been posted by Pro-Wall Funeral Home which described her a “devoted follower of UWGB women’s basketball.”



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