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.
Pete was kind, thoughtful, always willing to help, professional, extremely hard worker, love to talk about his beautiful family, a true gentlemen. I cannot say enough of what a nice person he was to everyone. My wife and I are so very sorry for your loss.
Pete, is a man his family must be proud of. I started at the Board of Trade when I was 17, Pete worked for Rosenthal, the office next to mine, from the moment I meant him he was so kind to me.
After working on the floor of the Board of Trade for many years there is a core group of people you never forget and Pete is one. When I have mentioned Pete’s passing, the response has been the same..”OMG he was such a great guy!”.
So to Pete’s family know the love you feel for him is shared by so many.
I offer you my deepest sympathy and prayers.
I’m so sorry for you and your family’s loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Sorry to hear this.
I rode the train with Pete for the last 20+ years.
He is missed.
Dear Gerharz Family,
Thoughts and prayers to you all. Thank you for introducing us to such a wonderful family man and Cub fan. He will be missed.
Sandy, Jeff, Kelsey, and Jake Braun
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