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James "Jim" Joseph Colotti

November 8, 1943March 31, 2021
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James "Jim" Colotti passed away on March 31, 2021. He will be remembered and missed as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.

Born in Baraboo, Wisconsin. He was a proud graduate of the United States Navy and later spent his years in aviation with Eastern Airlines and with Volvo Aero Services.

Jim was a lover of life; he always had a smile on his face. For him, family and friends came first and he was always there for anyone who needed him. Nothing made Jim happier than spending time with his children and grandchildren or going camping with friends.

In addition to his cherished wife of 43 years, Sharon, Jim is survived by his children, son Jayson and his wife Stephanie, daughter Maria Zorn, stepdaughter Debbie Normile, and predeceased by his stepson James Rich III. Jim will also be missed by his beloved grandchildren; Sean Normile, Jessica Normile, James Rich IV, Carly Neal, Hannah Neal, and Matthew Zorn.


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021


James "Jim" Joseph Colotti

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Sean Normile

April 14, 2021


You we’re certainly a special person who helped shape my life and brought joy to me and many others. You taught me a lot growing up, lessons I will never forget and knowledge I have been able to share with others. From family vacations to Disney, going camping, and trips to the keys we have had a lot of wonderful memories. Thank you for everything you have done for us as a family over the years. I love you and will always hold you close to my heart. It is not good bye but see you later.

Love your grandson,

James Rich

April 13, 2021

More than anything I have to thank you papa, you were the best grandfather anyone could have had. I will never forget all the amazing memories I shared with you and what a great part of my childhood you were.

We didn’t have a lot in common but you still always found a way to relate to me and make me feel accepted.

I’ll cherish the camping and Disney trips we all had together as a family. I’ll always remember when I got my first Volvo you teaching me how to change my headlights and many other things I had no clue how to do.

I’ll always remember your quick wit and I think your sense of humor will always live on in me.

You will be missed but not forgotten.

I love you

Karin Ekback

April 12, 2021


There are so many admirable things about you and the way you lived your life.
You always put your family first. Your love and devotion to Sharon was evident and never wavered, which was a great example to your kids and grandkids of how a husband and partner should be.

I am so grateful for you always being there for me, to offer a helping hand. Whether it was fixing something for me or catching the tree frog that got into my bathroom or most importantly, helping me care for Jimmy. I am forever thankful for all that you and Sharon did for me and Jimmy. I couldn’t have done it without you.❤️

You always made me smile and laugh and I will never forget that great sense of humor and zest for life.

You will be greatly missed by many.
Thank you for giving us endless, wonderful memories to look back on so we can continue to smile and laugh when we think of you.


Sharon Colotti

April 10, 2021

Jim was not just my loving husband and best friend for 43 years. He was an incredibly warm and generous man. His life was all about his Children, Grandchildren and close friends. He truly was a beautiful person and loved by many. He will be greatly missed.

Thank you for your endless love and the memories that will never fade away. You will be always loved, never forgotten, and forever missed. Until we are re-united again, I love you !

Love your wife,

Bonnie Rostad

April 10, 2021

I grew up with the Colotti family in Columbus, Wisconsin. Multiple families lived within a 2 to 3 block radius and we all got to know each other very well. In fact some of the kids were called The River Rats because they lived on River Road! I was one of the younger girls in the area along with a few more and I remember we thought Jim was good looking and would sit in a tree and toss rose petals on him when he would walk down the sidewalk! Funny how you remember those things. His older sister Judy married my brother Roger Thiede so we got even closer with the family. So many great memories thru the years of him and in later years when me and my husband made the trip to Florida for a wedding and Roger and Judys 50th Anniversary. Jim lived life to its fullest and was always up for a good time. I remember once in Florida he came back from his room with a shower cap on because it was windy out and he didn't want to mess his hair up! Yup that was Jim having fun! We were also blessed in our lives by meeting his wife Sharon and their family. He will be missed but never forgotten! RIP Jim My Friend! Love You!

Jayson Colotti

April 9, 2021


Always stand up for yourself and take no crap from anyone he instilled in me. One of my fondest memories with my Dad, as strange as it sounds, is being involved in a full-on bar brawl together in his hometown in Wisconsin. I mean it was like a scene straight out of a movie. That experience solidified that, yes, my Dad is a real bad ass.

My Dad loved me when I gave him reasons to brag. He loved me even more when I would screw up and he had the chance to share in that moment teaching me a life lesson.

He showed me that a marriage is never perfect...but your love for your spouse is. His love for my mom was undeniable. The small notes he would leave her, the random single flowers he would bring her, it was all the daily little things he would do.
He expressed his love through his actions, because he knew words are just not enough.

I am so incredibly grateful and happy that I can stand here today and say I had an amazing relationship with my Dad.
To say I loved my Dad would be an understatement - and to say I’m going to miss him would be an even greater understatement.

I love you Dad; and this is not goodbye, but a see you later.

Debbie Normile

April 8, 2021


Thank you for being the best stepfather ever and showing me
how to love life with your funny sense of humor and great smile
and all of the good memories of our family vacations together
you will forever be in my heart and till we see each other again

love you so much

Jayson Colotti

April 8, 2021

Like you all probably know, my dad at times could be a man of few words, but if you were lucky enough to have him open up to you, it was usually with some ridiculous joke or silly prank. Oh, how he loved his pranks, just ask Steph as she usually was on the receiving end of them. Everyone will remember his humor.

My Dad was a hard man to dislike. Often, we only remember the good things and omit the bad things that would embarrass someone. But in my Dad’s case there were no bad, and only heart-warming memories.

My Dad was an observer and a listener. He always allowed others to share their opinions before he shared his. It was never about him, but instead always about everyone else; especially his family.

There were so many things my Dad had a right to brag about. But he never would. There were so many acts of kindness and times that he "saved the day" for people – and never wanted credit or acknowledgment.
He didn't get caught up in material things or any social status. He could care less about the number of “likes” on a picture or what anyone thought of him. The only thing that mattered to him was his family and close friends.

I have spent 42 years being loved, raised properly, emotionally supported and cheered from the sidelines by my Dad. I was tucked in bed, taken on incredible vacations, comforted after a bad dream, and witnessed over a thousand times what it takes to be a man’s man by my Dad.

I learned to ride a bike, drive a stick shift, fix a car, build a fire, pitch a tent, build an airplane; the list goes on and on. The kind, caring, selfless soft teddy bear of person that was my Dad is something you all already know about. But, my Dad was also tough as nails and had no fear, which I will always admire.

Jessica Normile

April 6, 2021

papa , this is not a goodbye it’s a thank you , thank you for coming into my life and loving me unconditionally . Thank you for all the memories I will never forget instead I will cherish them forever . You will
Forever be my best friend and grandpa . Thank you for showing me how a woman should be loved by loving grandma the way you did , and loving the “ lucky 7 “ with all of your heart . I love you today , tomorrow and forever ... untill we meet again . Forever and always Papa girl ❤️

Karen Shaffer

April 3, 2021


We will miss your smile and gatherings at your home. You made Lee, Josh and I always welcome over the years.

Thank you for being so kind and gracious. I know family comes first in your heart and you were always there for everyone.

Thank you for taking Stephanie into your family!

We will miss you very much!

Karen, Lee & Josh Shaffer