Helmuth Italo "Jim" Cottini (1927 - 2017)

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Long time Palmer, Alaska, resident Helmuth "Jim" Italo Cottini, 90, went to be with our Lord on Nov. 7, 2017, surrounded by family at the Palmer Pioneer Home. Jim was born in Pescadero, Calif., on April 17, 1927, and moved to northern Italy when he was 6, where he grew up in Craveggia, Italy, in the northern Alps bordering Switzerland. This is where he learned how to work hard and hike in the mountains. He moved to Alaska from Italy in 1947, to his father's "Little Susitna Lodge" (Motherlode Lodge) in Hatcher Pass. He then moved to California, to live with his mother and stepfather and worked as a sausage maker/meat cutter in Oakland.
Jim served in the Korean War from July 1951 through November 1952 as a gunsmith, repairing all sorts of rifles and machineguns. After the war he married Pia Gubetta on May 3, 1953, in Castro Valley, Calif. They moved to Alaska in October 1953, driving the Alcan Highway and lived at the Little Susitna Lodge for a year helping at the lodge.
In 1954, Jim and Pia purchased 160 acres at Mile 5 of the Palmer Fishhook Road. This is where they built their home, raised their family and "put down roots." Jim worked hard on their Fishhook home, where they also built and ran large greenhouses and a garden. Jim lived for hunting and fishing, raising his family on "Fishhook Beef" (moose), spruce hen, ptarmigan, salmon and trout.
Jim worked for 10 years at Koslosky's as a meat cutter, then worked at Fort Richardson for 23 years as a meat cutter and retired as the meat market manager in April 1987.
In retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren, working around the yard, hunting, fishing and dip netting salmon.
Jim is survived by his wife of 64 years, Pia Cottini; sons, Marc (wife Marina) and Pio (wife Bonny); daughter, Tina (husband Fred); grandchildren, Randy, Angie (husband Joel), Mario and Blaine; great-grandchildren, Kaeleb, Maelee and Reagan; and sister, Carole Wegner.
His family said, "Dad was a loving father, grandfather and a very caring, kind, compassionate soul."
Jim was preceded in death by his father, Victor; mother, Johanna; sister, Elsie; and grandson, Dennis.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, at the Palmer Senior Center, 1132 South Chugach Street in Palmer from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News from Nov. 19 to Nov. 20, 2017
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