Charles J. Kalberg

Charles J. Kalberg

October 26, 1946 - August 06, 2012

Charles J. Kalberg

October 26, 1946 - August 06, 2012


Chuck Kalberg was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 26, 1946 and died peacefully in his home on August 6, 2012. He is survived by his wife of almost 44 years, Karen, and daughter Marcy Holder, son, Chuck Kalberg, son-in-law, Kevin Holder, daughter-in-law, Melissa Kalberg, and grandchildren, Skylar Holder, Christian Kalberg and Sierra Holder.

Chuck started working at Montgomery Ward in 1963 assembling bikes during the Christmas holidays. He did such a great job they hired him permanently. This was the beginning of a very successful 30-year career, which ended abruptly as a result of cancer. During Chuck’s 30-year career he worked his way up to the position of store manager. His staff adored him and was very sad to see him go out on disability.

Chuck started volunteering at Valencia Elementary School when his first two grandchildren started kindergarten. It was during this time that Chuck discovered he had a God given gift, which was motivating and teaching children math and reading. The teachers loved him for all the positive influence he had in the classroom. During this time at Valencia, Chuck earned the nickname of “GP’ (for Grandpa given by one of the teachers). He has left an everlasting legacy with the students and staff at Valencia and will truly be missed.

One of the activities Chuck loved to do was running, particularly organized running events locally as well as in other states. One of his favorite runs was the Bloomsday 12K run in Spokane, Washington. Each time he ran this race he always noticed a group of Nuns cheering the runners on as they passed. At the time when Chuck was diagnosed with a life threatening form of cancer, he asked God that if he was allowed to live he would support the convent in which the Nuns represented for the rest of his life. Through God’s will and Chuck’s strong desire to survive he was able to honor his promise to God. The next time Chuck was able to run Bloomsday, he handed a check in an envelope to one of the Nuns on the side of the road. Approximately a week later, a letter arrived in the mail thanking us for the donation. This was the beginning of a lifelong relationship between the convent and us. Chuck kept his commitment until he went to be with Jesus. In his honor, his wife Karen will continue to support the convent. Ironically enough, August 6th, the day Chuck passed, is the “Feast of the Transfiguration” in the Catholic religion.

Chuck was an amazing man, always taking care of everyone before himself. His family was very important to him and he always wanted to make sure we were all taken care of if anything happened to him. There are no words to express how he will be missed not only by his family but everyone he touched.

Because of Chuck’s passion for supporting the Nun’s convent, a cash donation in lieu of flowers would be greatly appreciated.

Please make checks payable and send to:
Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary
2911 West Fort Wright Drive
Spokane, Washington 99224

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31 responses to Charles J. Kalberg

  1. Dear Marcy and Family,
    What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful person. Thank you for sharing your precious memories with us! Your love for each other is inspirational. May you know God is with you when you wake, during the day, and when you retire in the evening! I continue to pray for God’s peace and comfort as you grieve.

    With love,

    Linda B.

  2. Dear Marcy and Kevin and your amazing girls,
    What an amazing tribute to him! My first memories of Chuck are him walking the little dog around the neighborhood! I love how involved he was with all of you as a father and grandfather. What an example! How encouraging to see him at Valencia! What memories of “doing life together” you all have. How comforting to know that you will all be “doing life together” throughout all eternity and he will be there to welcome all of you. I know the grief is so raw right now but all these memories will become sweeter as the days go by and the sharing of them will continue to enrich all of your lives. The sweetness will come when you least expect it but need it the most!
    Praying for you in your loss,
    Leigh Ann Mayfield

  3. John Dejulio says:

    I had the honor of meeting chuck while I worked on your home. He always had a smile and a sparkle in his eye when I would drop by no matter how the stock market was doing 🙂 There was just something about Chuck that you had to love. I took to him qiuckly, as we kinda had the same sense of dry humor. He will stay in my heart. He was a great man! Karen take comfort in all he blessed with his life.
    Love John Dejulio

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  5. Steve Bell says:

    Chuck was one of my greatest inspirations. A true Relayer that I always looked forward to seeing in team meetings and on the track every year. I will miss my good friend but will never forget him. We will continue to fight for a cure every year but also recognize that we must have a good time while doing it. I think that is always what he wanted. I will miss him very much.
    Steve Bell

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