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Mario Lewis Inglima, 51 Obituary
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Mario L. Inglima  
Third generation Alaskan, Mario Lewis Inglima, 51, died May 12 with his wife at his bedside at Alaska Regional Hospital after a 17-year battle with cancer. A memorial service will be held tomorrow at 3 p.m. at Evergreen Memorial Chapel in Anchorage. Father Richard Allen will officiate. A celebration of life will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at in Homer at the home of Lyni and Bobby Borland.

Inglima was raised in Seldovia, but was born in Seward, Oct. 13, 1951, as Seldovia did not have a doctor. He moved to Homer in 1966 and graduated from Homer High School in 1968. As a teenager, he worked in his parent's grocery business, "Inglima's." After high school, he attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Southern Oregon College in Ashland and served in the U.S. Army where he was honorably discharged in 1972.

Inglima lived and worked the Alaska dream: growing up commercial fishing, working in canneries, deck handing on tug boats, working at Terror Lake, Bradley Lake, Amchitka Island and many other projects in Alaska. He worked as a laborer on the Alaska Pipeline and retired from the Laborers Union (Local #942) in 2001. His strength in character and discipline defined him, both professionally and personally.

He was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease in 1985 and had four recurrences that he fought vigorously and valiantly while continuing his work as a laborer. His advice to cancer survivors was, "chemotherapy is awful, but the alternative is worse." He researched cancer therapy and cures both for himself and others, always maintaining that progress was being made, and cures were being discovered - "just not fast enough!" He was an active volunteer for the American Cancer Society and was a role model for living life to the fullest while dealing with the consequences of many years of chemotherapy and radiation.

His hobbies included snow machining, traveling, enjoying the great Alaskan outdoors, cooking, boating, reading, and research. An annual pilgrimage to the Caribou Hills for moose hunting and pinochle with family and friends was a fall highlight.

Inglima is survived by his wife Linda Travers-Inglima; brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Laura Inglima; sisters and brothers-in-law, Dyanne and Ray Brown, Lyni and Bobby Borland, Helyn and Shep Schoepke; nieces and nephews Robby and Tara, Ricky and Randy Borland, Shannon and Sydney Schoepke, Alex and Juli Inglima and Amber Eiswerth-Brown. His parents Richard and Luned Inglima preceded him in death.

The family requests donations in lieu of flowers to the American Cancer Society.

Funeral arrangements were made with Evergreen Memorial Chapel in Anchorage.