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Daniel M. Unger
The epically stubborn Dan Unger, 49, died Friday 16 November 2012 in his home after waging a fierce battle against peritoneal mesothelioma. Despite volumes of medical documentation to the contrary, Dan insisted 'til the very end that it really wasn't all that tough a battle, although he admitted frequently that he would have preferred to have been afforded a few more decades of drinking beer and laughing heartily with family and friends instead. An accomplished philosopher, poet, historian, bartender, gardener, carpenter, and arguer about things both profound and mundane, Dan was perhaps most at ease in the company of others perfecting the art of fun. He enjoyed being idle and worked at it with great ferocity. His affinity for sweeping prose inspired him to chronicle his fight against cancer in his online journal found at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/Ungerdog/.Survivors: Dan is survived by his wife Nori Zelenz; mother Renie (Graver) Unger; son Khale Unger of New York City, daughter Candess Wildenradt of Coplay; brother Jeff of Lodz, Poland; sister Terri Unger of Ipswich, Mass; nephews Emmet and Atticus, 5 cats and a rabbit.Services: As were his wishes, Dan was given a quiet Green burial on the morning of 20 November 2012 surrounded by family and close friends at Green Meadow at Fountain Hill Cemetery, in a simple grave to be marked only by a blanket of native Pennsylvania wildflowers. Per the strictures of a true Green burial, Dan eschewed more than a century of advances in mechanized digging implements, and the grave was lovingly filled, a shovel at a time, by those who loved him most. The family was assisted by the Nicos C. Elias Funeral Home of Allentown, www.eliasfuneralhome.com.
Contributions: Donations in Dan's memory can be made to the Wildlands Conservancy in Emmaus (http://wildlandspa.org/involved/donations.html) or WMUH Allentown (http://www.muhlenberg.edu/wmuh)