It is with great pain and anguish that the Todd Family wishes to announce the passing of our daughter and sister, Abbey Todd. Abbey passed away late Friday night, April 3rd at age 19. Abbey attended school in Hampton Township, PA and was currently studying occupational therapy as a freshman at Ohio State University. Abbey was an accomplished figure skater and skated for the North Park Skating Team. Skating was one of the true joys in her life. She was very artistic, talented and was also known for a sarcastic streak.
Our faith in Christ gives us hope at this time knowing that Abbey no longer suffers from the physical pain and depression that she carried for many years. As we have painfully learned, depression can be a fatal disease. Despite her own struggles, she cared deeply about others who also fought the battle. She had a big heart and often counseled and talked to other people in the same condition. Her desire to be a therapist was based on her deep desire to help others, especially children. The family asks that you please reach out to others during this time of isolation and concern. Please just simply do this in Abbey’s memory.
No longer needing her earthly body, Abbey long ago decided that she would want to be a donor so that others might have a better and longer life. It gives us comfort that she is continuing to help other people, even in her death.
Abbey’s loving family are her parents, Al and Amy Todd, sister Ashley Todd with boyfriend Nick Pappert, and brother Adam Todd. She is survived by grandparents Al and Heidi Todd and the late Don and Clare Lauterbach. Abbey leaves behind many aunts and uncles along with more than 30 first cousins. She also leaves many saddened friends, especially the new ones at Ohio State. Abbey’s constant companion and source of comfort, her dog Little Bear, is missing her terribly.
The family is planning to establish a scholarship fund in Abbey’s name. While we are still working how the fund will provide support, it will likely support kids with anxiety and depression, specifically to help those children navigate and complete high school along with funding for college. The family greatly appreciates the support received from the Hampton School District who were extremely attentive, caring and kind in helping Abbey complete her education and enter college. We sincerely ask that in lieu of flowers you go to the website Gofundme and search for Abbey Todd. We look forward to helping others with your donations. Thank you.
The family is suffering greatly and we wish that we could hug our family and friends. We ask for no calls at this time as we are just unable to speak. Feel free to leave a message using text or email. We might not respond, but they give us comfort.
Due to the virus outbreak, the viewing at Neely Funeral Home in Glenshaw, PA and service at Bethel Lutheran Church, Glenshaw will be limited to immediate family only. Abbey will be interred at Memorial Park Cemetery in McCandless. We’re inviting those who wish to come to the cemetery to do so at approximately 1:45pm or so. We’ll ask you to allow our procession to enter and then line up behind. We’re asking all to PLEASE stay in your cars. We will have volunteers helping to direct you where to park ahead of time. When the service is over, we will allow people to pass by. We will sit near the grave or curb and greet you as cars pass. I’m sorry we won’t hug or shake your hand. We’ll be keeping a safe distance. It would devastate us if someone became ill because of this, so PLEASE follow all current guidelines. Don’t leave your vehicle.
We will leave you with Abbey’s favorite quote, which was under the glass on her desk, “Sometimes the strongest among us are the ones who smile through the silent pain, cry behind closed doors and fight battles nobody knows about.”
We ask for your prayers.
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