Packers guest services will miss familiar face
GREEN BAY – Lambeau Field's Atrium will be a little duller place after Friday.
Sindi Anschutz, a long-time member of the guest services department, retired after more than 21 years with the Green Bay Packers. Anschutz was among the first people visitors encountered when coming into the Lambeau Field Atrium, and she invariably met them with enthusiasm and a broad smile.
"I couldn't ask for a better fit for me personally. God has blessed me and put me in a place — I have a beautiful atrium. I could never survive in a cubicle," she said Friday. "I have so many people in this building I would take a bullet for. Every day, I looked forward to going to work; 'Oh, I get to work with Carolyn today. Oh, I get to work with Karen today. It's going to be fun.'"
Anschutz made Packers-fan friends over the years as well.
For example, a couple from Los Angeles introduced her to their children and grandchildren on trips to Lambeau and presented her with a photo album they made of the USS Green Bay when it was in port there. The U.S. Navy ship includes a memorial to Ryan Jerabek, a 2003 graduate of Pulaski High School and U.S. Marine who was killed in Iraq. Jerabek was close friends with Anschutz's son.
The guest services people are on duty for games, concerts, events and visits by people checking off a box on their bucket list.
"You never know what you are going to get," she said.
Sometimes it's something more serious, such as wanting recognition for a loved one lost in military service. Anschutz explained to them the process and if it was possible.
"Honestly, it's the hug first," she said. "I am truly humbled to represent (the team) as a person to a person."
Anschutz and husband Curt have a blended family of four sons and a daughter, and seven grandchildren, all girls, living locally and also in Tennessee. Her mother and sister live in Michigan, so she'll be hitting the road first thing next week, and golfing and pursuing other interests.
"It's the beginning of that new adventure," she said.
Anschutz joined the Packers full time in 1998, before there was an atrium. There were two large metal gates opening to the stadium and she worked at one of them on game days. Her training was brief and to the point.
"I was told to watch the door and give them information, and it developed from there," she said.
With the opening of the atrium in 2003 and the development of Lambeau Field as a year-round operation, the guest services department expanded and took over directing traffic, even to places outside the stadium for lost visitors.
Anschutz hasn't seen a full Packers home game in her time working for the team. She was always on duty. That changes now.
"I get to be a fan. This is going to drive me crazy," she said.
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