James “Gerby” Polasik

October 31, 1953
November 27, 2020

James P. “Gerby” Polasik, 67, Green Bay, passed away at home on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020.  He was born in Green Bay on Oct. 31, 1953 to Peter Polasik and Elsie (Petasek-Polasik) Gierczak.  On Aug. 4, 1990, Gerby was married to Sue Ziegelbauer “Ziggy”.  He owned and operated East Town Pub from 1982 to 2013.  He was a long-time member of the Brown County Tavern League, serving as vice president on the East side for many years.  He enjoyed spending time with the guys shooting darts and bowling.  Many looked forward to Gerby’s Grizzly Outing as weekend full of fishing, golfing, and drinking.  His love of the outdoors also drew him to hunting, and boating.  He and Ziggy traveled when they could.  His trips with the Van Boxel’s to Las Vegas on Easter Weekend were a favorite.  Together, Gerby and Ziggy brought the Rock Steady Boxing program to Green Bay in 2018, with help from family and friends, the Brown County Tavern League, Triangle Distributing, St. Mary’s Hospital and St. Vincent Hospital.

Gerby will be missed by his wife, Sue “Ziggy”; their dog, Kobe; step father, Anthony Gierczak; siblings, Judy Oettinger (fiancé, Bruce Zellner) and Christopher (Wendy) Gierczak; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Don (Nancy) Ziegelbauer, Gary (Marti) Ziegelbauer, Sharon (Charlie) Brecklin, Bruce (Bonnie) Ziegelbauer, Kim (Bob) Spoerl, Kathy (Bob) Bomber and Candi Ziegelbauer; Godchildren, Tony Oettinger, Amy Belanger, Kasie Gerlikowski and Shelly Rouse; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter Polasik and Elsie Gierczak; brothers-in-law, Curt Oettinger and George (Leona) Ziegelbauer; nephew, Brian Ziegelbuaer; aunts and uncles; Godparents, Ceil Matzke and Pete Petasek; special friends, Tony LeComte, Bruce Nelson, Max Herscher, Roger Georgia, Mike Belanger and Dick Van Boxel.

A celebration of Gerby’s life will be held in Spring. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Gerby’s wife, Sue Polasik, for exercise equipment to be used for Rock Steady Boxing.

Special thanks to the staff of Unity Hospice, Jen, Carmen, Tracy and Bonnie for their care and support during this difficult time.