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Gary Kalishek

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Gary Lee Kalishek, age 59 of New Hampton, Iowa died Sunday, May 9, 2010, at the New Hampton Care Center. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday May 14, 2010, at Holy Family Parish St. Joseph Center in New Hampton with Msgr. Carl Schmitt officiating. Burial will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery in Protivin with Joey Kalishek, Tyler Kalishek, Carew Kalishek, D.J. Busta, Harold Busta, Dave Busta, Brad Busta, Jeffrey Crisman and Nick Speltz as pallbearers. Visitation will be 4 - 8 p.m. Thursday at Hugeback & Chenoweth Funeral Home in New Hampton where a 4:00 p.m. Rosary and a 6:00 p.m. Scripture Service will be held. Further visitation will be one hour prior to the service Friday at the church. Gary Lee Kalishek was born November 10, 1950, in Cresco, IA, the son of Clarence and Loretta (Mikesh) Kalishek. He received his education in Protivin, IA at Holy Trinity School and Rudolphinium High School. He also attended Loras College in Dubuque. Gary excelled in sports in both high school and college, playing on the basketball team at Loras. Gary had worked for 27 years at Sara Lee in New Hampton. Survivors include two sisters, Janis Crisman of Grundy Center and Colleen Busta of Little Turkey; two brothers, Sonny (Bonnie) Kalishek and Joe (Sue) Kalishek, all of New Hampton; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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  1. Gary and I grew up and went to school together in the Protivin area. And over the years we kept in touch whenever we could. My friend – your mind was always sharp (in our many late night discussions) and what an athlete you were. Such a caring person. Rest in peace and take your great smile with you to your afterlife. And sincerest sympathy to Gary’s brothers Sonny & Joe and to his sisters. ~Neal Novotny, Foster City, CA

  2. To the Kalishek’s and Busta’s, sorry to hear of you loss, Gary will be in our thoughts and prayers. Keith

  3. Colleen, Sonny, and Families, So sorry to hear of Gary’s death. I know you will miss him so much. May you be comforted in your grief and know that he is again in God’s presence. Lee Y

  4. Colleen and family, You have our deepest sympathies on the loss of Gary. I have a lot of good memories from our Sara Lee years. Gary was a great person and will be sadly missed. Take care.

  5. My heart broke when I checked my email and found out about Gary. He will be sorely missed as he was never far from thoughts and prayers. My sincerest condolences to all family and friends who knew how wonderful he was. I wish I could be there to say goodbye.

  6. Sunny, Bonnie, all family members You will be in my thoughts and pray’s during this time. May you find peace from one another and in the arms of the Lord

  7. To the Kalishek Family: We were very sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. Gary was a brain whiz when it came to trivia. His knowledge and great memory on the various subjects was just amazing, “especially” if it was sports related. One thing for certain; Gary was very proud of his family, especially his nieces and nephews. Gary was one heck of a great guy and will be missed. We will keep him in our thoughts prayers. Happy Trails Gary!

  8. Kalishek Family: My sincere sympathy on the loss of your brother. It is very hard to lose a sibling. Let your memories be your comfort at this sad time and may God ‘walk with you’ in your grieving today and in the days ahead. May Gary rest in peace.

  9. To all the Kalishek family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. J.C. and Tammy

  10. We were very sad to hear of Gary’s passing. Our prayers are with all of you in this difficult time.

  11. I have known Gary all of my life, having been from the same hometown. He was always so friendly and always made sure to ask about my kids and always remembered them by name! He knew more trivia than anyone I have ever known! We will miss him. Diane

  12. I got to meet Gary when I worked at the Time Out Lounge and then later I worked with him at Sara Lee. I remember Gary always put money in the jute box at the Time Out and played the song ‘Islands in the Stream’ by Dolly Pardon and Kenny Rogers. It was his favorite song back then. I had many good conversations with Gary and will miss seeing him playing basketball at the parks around town. My sympathy to the Kalishek family.

  13. You were a great person to work with at Sara Lee. I will miss talking to you, but will remember the times we shared at work. Rosalie Pickar

  14. To the family: We are so sorry to hear of Gary’s death. Our prayers go out to you in this difficult time.

  15. Gary was a great upstairs neighbor to mom in the apartments. She loved it when he would come down for a small chat. I will miss seeing him at the library, or shooting hoops. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  16. To all of Gary’s family our sympathy, and our thought and prayers are with you all at this time. Will remember working with Gary all those years at Sara Lee. His smile, and how he loved his sports. He will be forever in our memory.

  17. Janis,Colleen, Sonny & Joe & families, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. It was always good to visit with Gary about town. take care.Ken & Jeanine

  18. Janis, Colleen, Sonny and Bonnie, Joe and Sue, and all of Gary’s and your Families, So sorry to hear of your loss of Gary. Working with him at Sara Lee was a pleasure. He was a quiet man with a ready smile and a good word. He will be missed! May your wonderful memories of him bring you Peace.


  20. Sonny,Joe, and all the Kalishek family. We were deeply saddend by Gary’s, passing. We all know he’s resting peacefully now. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Leo and Bev

  21. To The Entire Kalishek Family: Our thought & prayers are with you at this very sad time. Gary was a great guy and will be sadly missed.

  22. Our sympathies go out to all the Kalishek family. Gary and I always had great visits when we saw each other. Always was pleasant and had something profound to say, like most of the Kalishek men! He will be missed. Sandy & Dan Brummond

  23. To all, I am so sorry to hear af Gary’s passing. Gary is now in a far better place. My prayers are with you all. Bill Straw

  24. To all who knew Gary, he will be greatly missed. He just seemed to go about his business with a smile, no matter what. He was a good person with a BIG heart. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Randy and Mary Jane Leach

  25. Kalishek Family Chuck and I are deeply saden to hear about Gary. He was one of those great guys who loved sports and was a great friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.

  26. So sorry to here about Gary. We always enjoyed working and talking with him. He will be sadly miss by all. Our thoughts and prayeres go out to the family.

  27. We were saddened to hear of Gary’s passing. He had many trilals through out his life but one thing that always remained strong was his faith in the Lord and that there were better times ahead. He made many visits out to the office to touch base with us and the animals. He loved the dogs and thought they needed him as much as he needed them. Many he find comfort now with the Lord and know that all the razzing we gave each other will be kept in our sweet memories. You have our sympathies. Chip and Darlene

  28. You have our sympathy for the loss of your brother and uncle. We worked with Gary for many years at Sara Lee and hadn’t seen him only a couple of times since the plant closed. May the teachings of our Savior give you peace during this difficult time. Joe and Sharon

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