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“We are grateful to God for the gift of your loving presence.R.I.P. ”
1 of 29 | Posted by: Rev. Richard L. Schaefer - IA

“Kathy,I just heard and I am so sorry to hear about your husband. Life stinks sometimes and we have no control, but I always tell everyone, "God...Read More »
2 of 29 | Posted by: Denise McKenzie (Kieler) - Potosi, WI

“I am sorry for your loss...you all are in my thoughts and prayers. Martha....I don't know if you remember me, I worked with you at Holy Family Hall,...Read More »
3 of 29 | Posted by: Jennifer (Churchill) Schumacher - IA

“Laughter mixed with tears! What a great man and friend! They don't any more genuine than Pete!! My sincere condolences to all of you! ”
4 of 29 | Posted by: John Rivisto - Grey Eagle, MN

“Pete was an amazing guy! We will always remember his quick wit and sense of humor. Our sympathies are with you on your loss to your families. Fran...Read More »
5 of 29 | Posted by: Tom and Fran Paisley - Dubuque, IA

“It is with a heavy heart that I tell Kathy, Mark and all Pete's family members how truly sorry I was to hear of Pete's passing. He was someone truly...Read More »
6 of 29 | Posted by: Ellen Nordvig - La Crosse, WI

“Rachel, so sorry to hear of your fathers passing, Our thoughts and prayers are with you, and your family. Sincerly, Arnie and Vickie Henry ”
7 of 29 | Posted by: Arnie and Vickie Henry - Dubuque, IA

“To Kathy and all of Petes Family,Sincere condolences Sorry to hear about my buddy Pete, You can rest assured in the future anytime Petes Name comes...Read More »
8 of 29 | Posted by: Mike and Laurel Davis - LAS VEGAS, NV

“Dear Millie, David, Kathy and the entire Kalb family,My deepest sympathies during this difficult time. I met Pete once with Kathy, Rachael, Katie and...Read More »
9 of 29 | Posted by: Jane Marsh - Pittsburgh, PA

“Rick and I were so sorry to hear of the passing of Pete! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. ”
10 of 29 | Posted by: Rick and Dianne Ackley - Dubuque, IA

“Pete worked with my husband, Gary Felderman, at John Deere Dubuque Works. I met him one time, in the late 70s. We were remodeling our bathroom and...Read More »
11 of 29 | Posted by: Jean Feldereman - Grimes, IA

“So sorry for your loss....Pete was a good man ”
12 of 29 | Posted by: Jay Ploessl - Cape Coral, FL

“Cathy, Nikki and I are so very sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.Sincerely, Nikki Moore and Diane...Read More »
13 of 29 | Posted by: Diane Rittmer - Maquoketa, IA

“My mom, Susie McCormick, and Millie were best friends in HS and beyond. Because of that friendship, I had a few opportunities to witness them...Read More »
14 of 29 | Posted by: Jody McCormick - White Bear Lake, MN

“Andy, Becky and family,We were so sorry to see your brother's obituary in the paper. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad and...Read More »
15 of 29 | Posted by: Michele Anderson - Dubuque, IA

“To Rachel and family,There are truly no words to express how difficult a time this is. All I know is that the Lord will always be by your side. No...Read More »
16 of 29 | Posted by: Christopher and Stephanie Padilla - NM

“I have a lot of memories of Pete. He was one of the funniest characters I know. Some of the best memories are camping and going to the Wisconsin...Read More »
17 of 29 | Posted by: Dan Grevas - South St. Paul, MN

“Dear Kalb Family,So sorry to hear about the passing of your brother Pete. God Bless and many prayers to all of you. ”
18 of 29 | Posted by: Jane Benda-Clawson - Denver, CO

“Julie and I send our deepest condolences to the Kalb Family. We are thankful for having met Pete, Kathy and Luke when they visited San Francisco. ...Read More »
19 of 29 | Posted by: David & Julie Sabalvaro - Oakland, CA

“We are so sorry. Thinking of all of you all at this time. ”
20 of 29 | Posted by: Fred & Kim Boyes - Dubuque, IA

“Dear Aunt Millie and Cousins,I am saddened by the passing of Peter. My condolences and love go out to all of you. ”
21 of 29 | Posted by: Pat Cuevas (Elliott) - Santa Cruz, CA

“Kathy, Bob and I offer our deepest condolences to you and your family. ”
22 of 29 | Posted by: Bob & Lily Lange - Dubuque, IA

“My sincere sympathy to all of Pete's family at this very sad time. Your expressions describing Pete as a great family man and friend to all are not...Read More »
23 of 29 | Posted by: Paul Dettmann - Dubuque, IA

“1st off so sorry for your loss Carrot, Luke Rachel and Katie. Pete was as genuine as they come. A simpleton and all around great friend and person....Read More »
24 of 29 | Posted by: Ken and Donna Kohl - Dubuque, IA

“One of the nicest people I know, will be so missed. So sorry for you loss. ”
25 of 29 | Posted by: Judy Siegert - Dubuque, IA

“So sorry for your loss. A wonderful person gone too soon. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.Kris & Tim Gallagher and family ”
26 of 29 | Posted by: Kris & Tim Gallagher - Dubuque, IA

“Kathy (Carrot)Nothing more can be said about Bert that has not been said in his OB I considered Bert a Lawler Brother and Loved him the same.The of...Read More »
27 of 29 | Posted by: Donald (Bond) Lawler - Beachwood, NJ

“This is one of the most beautifully written obituaries I've ever read. What an incredible tribute to Pete's life. Prayers for all of you during this...Read More »
28 of 29 | Posted by: Amy (Adams) Francois - Dubuque, IA

“Kathy,Our sympathy to you and your family on the loss of Pete.Bart and Sheila Germaine ”
29 of 29 | Posted by: Bart Germaine - Dubuque, IA


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Bert Peter "Pete" Kalb, age 64, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home suddenly at 8:41 a.m., on Sunday, March 5, 2017, at home. To honor Pete's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at St. Columbkille's Church, 1230 Rush Street, with Rev. John J. O'Connor officiating. To celebrate Pete's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, March 10, 2017, at St. Columbkille's Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Pete was born on October 10, 1952, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Dr. A.J. and Millie (Elliott) Kalb, the second oldest of 12 children. He married his childhood sweetheart, Kathy Ferris, on September 15, 1978. They were blessed with 38 wonderful years and 3 beautiful children. After graduating from Wahlert High school in 1971, he began working as a mechanic at John Deere Dubuque Works. He worked for over 40 years, before retiring in 2015. He was a "jack of all trades" and often helped family and friends with their projects. A hard worker, Pete enjoyed staying busy and helping others. His expertise and knowledge were far beyond anything found in a textbook. Pete was a dedicated family man. He loved his wife and they truly enjoyed being together. They shared a love of sports, travel and socializing with their many friends. Pete and Kathy recently returned from their annual trip to Florida, which included the Daytona 500. Pete was most proud of his children and was always there for them. He traveled around the county supporting their athletic endeavors and could be heard cheering on the sidelines. As they grew older, he was often called on for advice and guidance. His children admired him greatly and Pete's influence continued with his grandchildren. He will be remembered for his silly voices and sayings, playing countless games of Uno, and attending many of their school and sporting activities. Pampo Pete always had his six grandchildren smiling; his love for them was evident and they adored him in return. Peter held a special place in his heart for his mom. He visited her almost daily and cherished the time they spent together. Pete also had a strong bond with his 11 brothers and sisters; he would do anything for them. Pete was a friend to all who knew him. He was an avid Nascar fan who spent many years at the tracks with the racing crew. He played poker with buddies on Sunday afternoons and loved a good game of euchre. His free time was spent having a cold one with his fellow Leaky Lodge members, at the Grand Tap, or at Choppers. Pete was a loving husband, the best dad and grandpa, a favorite son and brother, and a dear friend to many. He will be remembered for the sound of his voice, his loyalty to family and friends, and his humble ways. Pete will truly be missed.

Those left to cherish Pete's memory include

his loving wife,
Kathy Kalb, Dubuque, IA;

his 3 children,
Rachel (Jason) Padilla, Pewaukee, WI,
Katie Kalb, Marion, IA
and Luke Kalb, Dubuque, IA;

6 grandchildren,
Hannah, Aubrey, Alannah, Blake and Lauren Padilla, and Kael Moore;

his mother,
Millie Kalb, Dubuque, IA;

his 11 siblings,
Dr. Tony (Susan) Kalb, Dubuque, IA,
Mark (Cheri) Kalb, Dubuque, IA,
David Kalb, Brisbane, CA,
Ann Marie (Peter) Arrigo, Denver, CO,
Mimi Kalb, Bloomington, MN,
Martha Thomas, Onalaska, WI,
Laura Rivisto, (David Braun) Prior Lake, MN,
Patrick (Pam) Kalb, Cedar Rapids, IA,
Paul (Myra Jo) Kalb, Dubuque, IA,
Andy (Becky Conlon) Kalb, Dubuque, IA
and Karla (Tom) Weber, Dubuque, IA;

his brothers-in-law and sisters in-law,
Mike (Ann) Ferris, Dubuque, IA,
Pat (Pam) Ferris, Appleton, WI,
Marie (Bill) Becker, Ft. Meyers, FL,
Tom (Ruth) Ferris, St. Louis, MO,
Jim Ferris, San Diego, CA,
Joe (Elizabeth) Ferris, Carlsbad, CA
and Liz Ferris Roling, Tustin, CA;

and many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Pete was preceded in death by his father.

A Peter Kalb memorial fund has been established. Which will be distributed to a charity close to his heart, The Firbolamellar Cancer Foundation.