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In Memory of Gary Kalka


Luncheon and a time for visitation will begin at 4:00PM on Thursday at Hop and Barrel Brewing, 310 2nd St., Hudson, WI.

Funeral Services

1:00PM on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 16770 13th St. South, Lake St. Croix Beach, MN.

Gary James Kalka, age 62 of Lakeland, died unexpectedly on March 14, 2019.

 Gary was born on February 6, 1957 in Cook County, Illinois; the son of Albert and Clara (Libner) Kalka. On December 19, 1981, Gary was united in marriage to Cheryl Olson. They spent many wonderful years together until her passing in 2009. Gary was blessed to find another love, Elizabeth “Beth” Conery and they were united in marriage on July 4, 2015. He worked for Liberty Tool and Engineering in New Hope, MN as a tool grinder.

 Gary was full of life and laughter. You knew he enjoyed your company if he teased you a lot. Gary supported and loved everyone equally and endlessly in his family. He was a man of strong will but also had a heart of gold. Gary was a jack of all trades and master of none. He enjoyed fixing up his home and doing projects with his very own hands. Gary loved the company of animals; especially dogs. He adored his grandchildren and would do anything and everything for them. Gary was a wonderful man who will be dearly missed by those who love him.

 Gary is survived by his wife, Beth; children, Dan (Kay), Mike (Heather), Tony, Bryna, Andy, Aimee, and nephew, God-son, Jerry (Dawn); grandchildren, Cierra, Brea, Brady, Kyle, Abby, Tessa, Aidan, Owen, Hannah, Aunie, Victoria, Kevin, and Teron; special great-niece and nephews, Koel, Adrian, and Mina; siblings, Celeste and Al; Lifetime friend Jan Uldricks and John Kennedy, as well as other relatives and friends.

 He was preceded in death by his first wife, Cheri; and his parents, Albert and Clara.

 Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00pm on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 16770 13th St. South, Lake St. Croix Beach, MN. A luncheon and time for visitation will begin at 4:00pm at Hop and Barrel Brewing, 310 2nd St. Hudson, WI. Services entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson, WI.


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    • So sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. I just found out today. I worked with Gary for some 20 years or so. He was a kind, caring man and know he will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Glad I was his friend.

    • A good man, kind heart, caring friend who would do anything for anyone even when it took time away from doing something for himself. We had you here on earth Gary for awhile, now God’s got you. Rest in Heaven neighbor.

    • We send our sincere sympathy to the KALKA/WHALEY families.
      I have known Gary since 1977 when he lived in Egan Mn with his 1st wife to be Cheri, I have been privileged to be part of there lives. Watching the Boys grow up Dan, Mike & Tony and make their respective families and Friends I also have known his Mom and Dad Irene & Peg and his Sisters and Brother Celeste Dede & Albert and have been a part of Gary’s second Marriage to Beth whom will miss him terribly. I will miss him because if I had a question he would always have the answer. I will miss the pranks he would pull on occasion. You always knew where you stood with Gary. Gary would give you the shirt off his back if needed. Was never shy to bring up a touchy subject with respect. Always had your back. we will continue without you Gary and see you on the other side. John (johnnycakes).
      I’ve known Gary since high school in Chicago. There was always something to get into, or ideas of what would be next. this has continued up to the time he passed. I will miss these moments, as I am sure every who has known him will also. goodbye Bro. Jan.(Dutch)
      Everyone who has known Gary that we know is just Dumbfounded by
      this and sends their Sympathy also. We pray for Strength for all to get us through. Rest in Peace my Friend