Robert Kalert

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Robert Gene Kalert I, 79, of Smithton, IL, formerly of Freeburg, IL, born April 17, 1943, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville, IL, died Sunday, June 12, 2022, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Mr. Kalert was a welder and retired from Towers Fire Apparatus after 40 years of service. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserves for 8 years. Robert was a member of Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

He was preceded in death by his son, Gene Allan Kalert; his parents, Joseph and Margaret, nee Adams, Kalert; a grandson, Matthew Orlet; a great-granddaughter, Hallie Orlet; and a brother-in-law, Richard Inman.

Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Joan M., nee Bono, Kalert; three children, Mary, nee Kalert, (Steve) Gomez; Dawn, nee Kalert, (Tim) Orlet; and Robert II (Karen) Kalert; seven grandchildren, Garrett Gomez, Danielle Gomez, Timmy Orlet, Ashley Gomez, Michael Gomez, Travis Skiles, and William Thayer; three great-grandchildren, Victoria Gomez, Kole Gomez, and Emma Orlet; a sister, Mary Jo Inman; and two brothers, Rev. David Kalert, OMI, and Richard (Vickey) Kalert.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral:  A celebration of life will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, July 1, 2022, at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Floraville, IL.

According to Robert’s wishes, cremation services were held.


11 Comments on Robert Kalert

Malissa Martin said : Guest Report Jul 11, 2022 at 6:37 PM

Many pleasant memories of Mr. Kalert....thinking of you Joan.... may you find peace

  • Lawrenceburg
  • IN
Pat Neighbots said : Guest Report Jul 07, 2022 at 5:35 PM

Joan and family, You have my deepest sympathy. I was Thinking about you two yesterday and today I found out that Bob had passed. One of my favorites I so enjoyed working with him at Towers. He will be missed. My prayers go out to all of you.

  • St Libory
  • IL
Connie Jean Goyda said : Guest Report Jul 01, 2022 at 8:51 PM

Fr. David, and family, you have my deepest sympathy on your loss. Prayers 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏for all of you.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Robert Kalert II said : Guest Report Jun 20, 2022 at 10:50 AM

Thinking of dad every day….he will be missed by many that knew him. Love you Dad😔

  • Smithton
  • Illinois
Diane and Bob Lanter said : Guest Report Jun 19, 2022 at 8:31 PM

May he rest in God’s eternal peace and light…prayers, prayers, prayers for you Fr. David and all your family…

  • Swansea
  • IL
jeff hacker said : Guest Report Jun 17, 2022 at 3:27 PM


  • Creve Coeur
Mary Gomez said : Guest Report Jun 16, 2022 at 8:03 AM

Sending prayers to my family. We are really going to miss you dad. You was a great dad. Love you ❤️

  • Metairie
  • La
Jenny Morgan said : Guest Report Jun 15, 2022 at 11:06 PM

My condolences to Joan, Mary, Dawn and Robert. I have a lifetime of memories that I will always treasure.

  • Smithton
  • IL
Dora Becker said : Guest Report Jun 15, 2022 at 2:44 PM

Father Kalert, Mary Jo and his family. We lived next to each other on Edison Street in Freeburg. Many years have passed and my sympathies to all.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Delores (Agne) Holdener said : Guest Report Jun 14, 2022 at 8:46 PM

Fr. Kalert & Mary Jo Our sincerest sympathy to you and Robert's family. Sending our thoughts and prayers for all of you. Ed & Delores

  • Smithton
  • IL.
Dawn Orlet said : Guest Report Jun 14, 2022 at 4:33 PM

Thinking of you dad!!

  • Mascoutah
  • IL

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