After serving in the U.S. Army in WW II, Albert "Pete" Kristan attended the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He graduated from that school in 1948. That same year he married Elizabeth "Bette" Lawrence of Libertyville, Il. In 1954 they established Burnett-Kristan Funeral Home in Mundelein.
Together they raised 6 children, all attending Santa Maria del Popolo grade school and Carmel high school in Mundelein.