Pete was born on October 11, 1953 and passed away on April 5, 2016. Peter was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He resided in Round Lake Beach, Illinois with his wife of 42 years, Mary Lue, where they raised their two favorite daughters. In later years Pete always considered himself lucky the girls chose two men he considered “his” sons and gave him four wonderful grandchildren who were the light of his life! Pete was a hard working man and gave 43 dedicated years of service at the Chicago Board of Trade where he was known and respected by many. Pete was a die-hard Cubs fan—“there’s always next year.” And nothing got in the way of Flea Market Sundays—buying, selling, looking for deals, “Buck a piece.” Christmas breakfast was Pete’s pride and joy where he lovingly prepared breakfast to order, for all who came, every year without fail. But most of all he enjoyed the many family trips, including the rePete trips to Disney and Wisconsin Dells, where a lifetime of memories were made. Pete is survived by his wife, Mary Lue Gerharz; children, Jennie (Shawn) Bubloni and Heidi (Eric) Spaw; grandchildren, Joseph T. Bubloni, Rebecca A. Bubloni, Emma E. Spaw and Eric “E3” Spaw; his siblings, Georgene (Ron) Mink, Rick and Esther Gerharz, Donna (James) Russo, Mike Gerharz, Tina (Rocky) Nelson, Mark Gerharz, April (Dave) Westergren, Missy (Brian) Hill, Junior Thompson and Betty Fay Tholl; and many nieces and nephews including his Godchildren, Steve Mink, Richie Goslawski and Jaclyn Jankowski. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Virginia E. (Kassios) Gerharz and his Aunt/Godmother, Tina (Kassios) Nosko. Visitation is Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family. For information, call 847-223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org.