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Americo Altobelli

October 22, 2012
The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN - Americo "Mudd" Altobelli, 85, of Iron Mountain, passed away Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, at Dickinson County Healthcare System, Iron Mountain.

He was born Dec. 22, 1926, in Iron Mountain, son of the late Leonard and Delores Altobelli. Mudd was a lifelong resident of Iron Mountain, attending school here.

He joined the U.S. Navy during World War II as a corpsman. After being discharged he married Arlene Costa on May 6, 1950, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Iron Mountain. In 1951, Mudd was called back to service and served once again in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict, being discharged in 1954.

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Upon his return to Iron Mountain, Mudd worked for Standard Service and Supply Co., which later became W. B. Thompson, as a sales engineer, distributing mining equipment. He retired after 57 years. After retiring, Mudd and Arlene enjoyed time spent in Apache Junction, Ariz., where they wintered for 13 years.

Mudd was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, and dedicated many long hours to the Kiwanis Ski Club where he was a very active member and served as its president for years.

He was so very proud of his daughter Therese, as she became the first woman to jump at Pine Mountain. Mudd enjoyed many hobbies including hunting, fishing, gardening, wine making and especially spending time with his family and grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Arlene; two sons, Michael (Janice) Altobelli of Iron Mountain, James (Karen) Altobelli of Breitung Township; one daughter, Therese (Tom) Olsen of Breitung Township; one sister, Josephine Syrjanen of Florence, Wis.; four grandchildren, Matthew, Amanda, Tyler and Heidi; two great-grandchildren, Paige and Gracelyn; one sister-in-law, Rena Altobelli of Escanaba; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mudd was preceded in death by two brothers, Arthur and John Altobelli; and one brother-in-law, Leo Syrjanen.

The visitation will be Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Jacobs Funeral Home in Iron Mountain. Prayers will be recited Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Iron Mountain. Msgr. James Kaczmarek will officiate.

Burial will be in Cemetery Park in Iron Mountain.

The American Legion Uren-Cooper-Johnson Post 50 in Iron Mountain, will accord military honors at graveside.

You may light a candle in remembrance of Mudd or leave a condolence for his family online at

The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron Mountain, to honor Mudd's legacy of life.



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