PETER JOSEPH SHALINS Peter Joseph Shalins, 67, of Alna, Maine died Monday,
March 31, 2014 at his daughter's residence. He was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 21, 1946, the son of Peter John and Olga Marie (Knapich) Shalins. In 1964 he graduated from Walt Whitman High School. He entered the U.S. Army serving in Vietnam where he was awarded the Bronze Star. On September 22, 1973 he married Pamela Eckert and had 3 daughters. He was employed by the Town of Huntington Highway Department for 31 years and also had his own Polka Band 'The Pete Shalins Band' where he was lead singer/song writer and played the accordion. In 2003 he moved to Florida after his retirement to be with his mother, Olga Shalins where he enjoyed playing shuffleboard and attending local polka dances. In 2012 he moved to Maine and resided with his daughter and son in law, Cynthia and Mark Rego. He was an avid baseball fan for the New York Mets. He enjoyed music, playing blackjack an especially spending time with his daughters and grandchildren. He is survived by three daughters, Veronica Bretton and her husband Eric of Gorham, Melody Shalins and Linwood Greenleaf of Topsham and Cynthia Rego and her husband Mark of Alna, and their brother Tommy George Jr. and his wife Krista of Alna, three cousins, Lorraine Kotelnicki, Christina Loy and Linda Silver, six grandchildren, Jordan and Amber Bretton, Dakota Shalins, Jade, Jasmine and Peter Rego, and two step grandchildren Benjamin and Cameron Greenleaf. Burial will be at Pinelawn Memorial Park in Farmingdale, NY. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or stjude.org.
Published in the TC Palm on Apr. 4, 2014