Melissa Toddy

Melissa Toddy

Sunday, April 11th, 1976 - Saturday, March 2nd, 2019
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Melissa Toddy, 42, died on Saturday, March 2, 2019 after living with glioblastoma for almost three years.
Born in Lake City, PA to the late Carson Toddy and Mary Jane Skelton Toddy, and sister to Arianna Toddy Lydic and her husband, Calvin Lydic and her two nephews, Christopher Lauren Lydic and Jacob Carson Lydic, Melissa graduated from Girard High School in 1994 where she was a musician, playing the quad drums in marching band, sang in choir, and was the drummer for the teen band Overdrive. In college at Case Western Reserve University she continued her interests in the performing arts, appearing in several musicals and theater productions, including Studs Terkel's Working and a production of Once on this Island. She graduated from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law where she interned with the Human Rights Campaign in Washington DC and studied Russian law in St. Petersburg and Moscow.
Upon graduation she moved to Connecticut where she clerked in the New Haven courthouse and
joined the Office of the Public Defenders' Habeas Corpus Unit where she worked to ensure that the incarcerated were treated fairly and their rights are protected. She later worked in the Hartford court where she earned a reputation among her colleagues and clients for compassion, humor, and her fierce sense of justice.
When she wasn't protecting the rights of Connecticut's citizens she explored the world; spelunking in Belize; hiking the Peruvian Andes to Machu Picchu; diving on shipwrecks in Barbados; and receiving blessings in the temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia and Our Lady of Lourdes in France. She watched seals play between icebergs at Jokulsarlon in Iceland, and walked among the ancient, mysterious statues of Easter Island. She dined on tapas in Barcelona, wrote her memoir in Great Cumbrae, Scotland, and practiced yoga on the shore of the most beautiful lake in the world, Lago de Atitlan in Guatemala.
Everywhere she went she was most interested in the welfare of animals, volunteering her time fostering, placing, and adopting rescued racing dogs for We Adopt Greyhounds, befriending strays on all of her travels, and feeding the shaggy horses in Iceland.
She is survived by her loving husband Michael Monikowski and devoted greyhound Flying Onion.
The family will greet friends on Saturday, March 9 from 2 to 5 pm at Sheehan Hilborn Breen Funeral Home 1084 New Britain Ave., West Hartford, CT and a memorial service will be held at Lake City Presbyterian Church, Lake City, PA on March 16, at 2:00 pm. Online condolences may be made at
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    Saturday, March 9th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Saturday, March 9th, 2019 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Sheehan-Hilborn-Breen Funeral Home
    1084 New Britain Avenue
    West Hartford, CT 06110
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Debora E Fonseca

Posted at 06:40pm
Dear Toddy Family, Please except my sincere condolences on the death of your loves one,
I know what a difficult time this is for you and your loved one's. One thing that has given
myself and other's a measure of relief is the promise God himself has given us, it is found
at Revelation 21:4, where we read "And he will wipeout every tear from their eyes, and death
will be no more, neither mourning nor out cry nor pain be any more, the former things have
passed a way."
Sending you peace as you grieve,,
You may enjoy going to, there is alot of information to questions you may have,,

Claire Fellows

Posted at 02:33pm
My condolences to the Toddy families. I'm sorry to hear about the untimely loss of dear Melissa. Some Bible scriptures that have helped me during times of loss include Isaiah 26:19 and Psalm 37:28,29 which states in part: "Your dead ones will live...They will rise up". And the Bible also says "The righteous themselves will possess the earth and they will forever reside upon it". Therefore the Bible promises that we may be reunited with our loved ones lost in death by means of an earthly resurrection. This is further confirmed by John 5:28,29 which says "Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". This is possible thanks to Jesus Christ's ransom sacrifice. Thus we have a genuine hope of everlasting life in a world without wickedness or suffering.

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