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Americo Altobelli

October 25, 2012
The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN - Americo "Mudd" Altobelli, 85, of Iron Mountain, passed away Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, at Dickinson County Healthcare System in 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 War, being discharged in 1954.

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 and 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; two sisters-in-law, Rena Altobelli of Escanaba and Bernice Altobelli of Iron Mountain; 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.

Services were held.

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 of Iron Mountain to honor Mudd's legacy of life.



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