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Pete Kristiansen passed away peacefully
in the afternoon on March 18th at
the age of 94. He was born on May 22nd,
1926 in Somers, Wisconsin to Karen and
Jens Kristiansen who came to the United
States from Denmark in 1923. Pete was
the second youngest of seven siblings.
Pete served his country joining the
Army in 1943, three months shy of his 17th
birthday, as part of the 168th Infantry
Regiment. He was stationed in Italy and
fought in the Battles of Monte Cassino,
the Battle of Anzio and the Battle of Arno.
A real hero, while in the Army he earned
two Bronze Stars, one Victory Medal and
one Purple Heart. While stationed in the
port city of Livorno, he met Mara who
was serving donuts and coffee to American
soldiers at the American Red Cross.
Mara did not speak any English and Pete
did not speak any Italian, but despite
these language barriers they fell in love,
got married and moved to Brooklyn in
1947 to start their family.
Pete worked the majority of his life as
a television repairman in the small
village of Douglaston, New York where he
and his family lived. He was an incredibly
talented musician, playing a beautiful
jazz guitar and harmonica every night
after dinner in the basement of his
home. He enjoyed sharing his love of
music with his family and often played
for them at holiday celebrations. Known
for being quiet, easy-going, kind, positive
and always happy, Pete walked around
whistling and smiling. He loved to sit
around the dinner table having fun with
his family and will be remembered for his
infectious laugh. He was also a talented
speed skater and rollerbladed well into
his 80s. He was an avid New York sports
fan, cheering on the Mets and Rangers
and didn’t miss a game on television
even during years when the two teams
weren’t very good.
A devoted husband, admired father
and adored grandfather and great-
grandfather, Pete is survived by his wife of
74 years, Mara, his 2 children and their
spouses: Laura Solomon (Steve), Larry
Kristiansen (Lissa), his 3 grandchildren
and their spouses: Dane Kristiansen (Craig
Folcik), Carly Eitas (Tim) and Emily Campofranco
(Nicholas), 2 great-grandchildren:
Susie and Jack Eitas, 2 step grandchildren:
Amy Charney and Ken Solomon
(Joanne), and 5 step great-grandchildren:
Julia, Elisabeth and Ava Charney and
Betsy and Lila Solomon. He is preceded in
death by his parents Jens Kristiansen
and Karen Henricksen, his 3 brothers
John Kristiansen, Herbie Kristiansen and
Harold Kristiansen and 3 sisters, Margit
Goodwin, Ingrid Poole and Gudrun
He will be remembered with love and
so incredibly missed.
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