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Marin Independent Journal
Wednesday, July 14, 1976

Atillio Buletti

Atillio (Tile) A. Buletti, who started a 48-year career as a mess boy on river steamers, died yesterday at his home in Petaluma after a short illness.

Buletti, 76, was a native of Petaluma. He began work for the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1919 and retired in 1967.

In his early years, Buletti worked as a mess boy on the steamers Leader, Aurora and Gold, which plied the waters of the Petaluma River. After steamer travel died out, he continued work for the railroad on the Petaluma-Santa Rosa run. When that was discontinued in 1958, Buletti worked as a yard clerk.

Buletti was a member of the Petaluma Eagles Lodge and Brotherhood of Railway, Airline and Steamship Clerks Union, Tamalpais Local 1054.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; a daughter, Ruby Tompkins of Cotati; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. James Catholic Church, Petaluma. The Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Sorensen Funeral Home. Entombment will be a Cypress Hill Memorial Park.

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