By Caroleine James
Wrangell Sentinel 

Kautz retires from helm of the Marine after 43 years


February 15, 2023

Courtesy photo

Patty Kautz has a lot of memories from running the Marine Bar the past 43 years, including conducting an auction in 2004, when she put prizes inside balloons and patrons would bid without knowing what they would get. Her husband, Bruce, sat in support as she ran the auction standing on the bar.

When the recently retired Patty Kautz signed her restaurant, Hungry Beaver Pizza and Marine Bar, over to Rolland Wimberley on Feb. 4, it was exactly 43 years to the day since she first leased the establishment in 1981. "I could not believe it," she said. "It was pretty comical."

Though Kautz looks back fondly on her quadragenarian run as owner of Wrangell's oldest pizza parlor, she looks forward with excitement to a retirement full of travel and family time.

"There's been a lot of changes in 43 years," Kautz said. When she first signed the lease, the building was unfinished, with sheetrock...

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