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A graveside service will be held on Tuesday November 17th at Northlawn Memory Gardens, 7060 OH SR 3, Westerville, OH 43082 beginning at 11:00 a.m. Please come and celebrate Todd’s extraordinary life with us. 

Deepest condolences to your family. Todd was a dear friend of mine in high school. I just learned of his passing this morning. We shared a locker at school, talked on the phone for hours and laughed constantly. He was a sweetheart. I'm so very sorry for your loss.

Pam McKinley (Gilliam)

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Obituary for Todd Michael Funk

Todd Michael Funk 1960-2020

Todd Michael Funk

05/27/1960 - 11/05/2020

Todd Michael Funk, age 60, passed away on Thursday, November 5, 2020 at Kobacker House in Columbus, Ohio. 
 
Todd graduated from Westerville South high school in 1978 and he attended The Ohio State University with aspirations of becoming a writer. He was artistically talented and enjoyed careers in the floral industry and also earned his license as a cosmetologist/hairstylist and worked alongside his mother who owned a beauty salon in Westerville, Ohio for several years. He worked his later years for the Kroger Company in the pharmacy department. Todd had a passion for gardening and for purchasing unusual but beautiful gifts for those he loved, spawning smile’s and often laughter. He was also an avid reader and wrote beautiful poetry. He had an amazing beautiful smile, a warm and fun personality and an infectious laugh. He loved all music and had collected quite a diverse collection of musical genres over the years. He was also a talented pianist and had a terrific singing voice. 
 
Todd was also a lifelong epileptic, challenging him early on and was diagnosed with brain cancer when he was only 16 years old. This didn’t deter him from living the best life that he could.  
 
His story needs to be told. 
 
The recent past few years found Todd in and out of the nursing home system having suffered several strokes and chronic seizures, eventually taking away his ability to walk and care for himself on his own. The year 2020 would prove to be an incredibly difficult year on many fronts for Todd and his family, as we were not permitted to visit him in the nursing home from March through September due to the COVID-19 virus/pandemic. With only 8% hearing in one ear and zero in the other, he was greatly suffering silently, unbeknownst to his family due to the onset of a rapidly growing brain tumor, multiple strokes and seizures which affected his ability to speak and therefore communicate. Due to COVID, he was quarantined at the nursing home and eventually isolated when he tested positive for COVID. At the family’s request, he was sent to the hospital for treatment for COVID in July. At this time a brain tumor was discovered and we were given confirmation of him recently having multiple strokes and seizures. He wasn’t able to receive any treatment for the tumor or strokes at the time of his diagnosis due to being COVID positive and was returned to the nursing home until he tested negative for COVID. He was scheduled to see his Nuerologist in mid September. This being the first time seeing him since February at this appointment, no one prepared us for what was about to be witnessed for the first time in months. He was unable to speak, move his head and had zero ability to use his arms or legs. This was a devastating reunion. He was next scheduled to see a nuerosurgeon on October 8th but due to reports of not eating, at the families request he was again returned to the hospital on October 7th with further findings of continued neurological deterioration and alarming rapidly declining health findings. Unfortunately his brain tumor had spread and the strokes and seizures had continued while in the nursing home while we waited between appointments. We were ultimately told that his chances of leading any quality of life even with treatment, was no longer possible. Todd entered Kobacker House on October 15th for hospice care and after three weeks, he finally succumbed to his life-threatening illnesses and passed away on Thursday, November 5th. Although a tragic ending, those events will never take away the memory of one of the most talented, kindest and generous souls to walk on the face of the earth. Some folks enter a room and you know they are somebody special. Other folks enter a room and have the gift to make you feel like ‘you’re’ somebody special, this was one of many of Todd’s natural gifts. 
 
Rest in peace dear brother, the hard fought battle is finally over. You are loved for eternity and will be missed dearly until we all meet again. 
 
Todd is survived by his brothers Norm (and Phyllis) Funk, Douglas (and Debbie) Funk, Mark (and Kelly) Funk, sister Linda Ann Allison and beloved aunt, Virginia Funk. He also leaves behind nephews Brent (and Christine) Funk, Christopher (and Melissa) Funk, Michael Funk, niece Megan Springer, several cousins and many dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin Hugh Funk and Linda Ann Funk.
 
In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation in Todd’s memory to either The Epilepsy Foundation or to Kobacker House for Hospice Care.
 
Epilepsy Foundation
Donations can be made online or mailed to:
Epilepsy Foundation
8301 Professional Place West, Suite 230
Landover, MD 20785-2353
 
Kobacker House
 
A graveside service will be held on Tuesday November 17th at Northlawn Memory Gardens, 7060 OH SR 3, Westerville, OH 43082 beginning at 11:00 a.m. Please come and celebrate Todd’s extraordinary life with us.