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Megan Todt (1977 - 2020)

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Colchester - Megan Todt, 42, of Celebration, Fla., formerly of Colchester, recently passed away unexpectedly with her darling angels, Aleksander, 13, Tyler, 11, Zoe, 4 and their loyal canine companion, Breezy.

Born Jan. 28, 1977, in New London, Megan was the beloved daughter of Albert Gula and Gail (Kopko) Gula. She was raised in Montville and attended Montville High School where she was a drum major and played tennis. Following her undergraduate studies, she earned her master's degree in physical therapy from Sacred Heart University. Megan was very interested in leading a health-conscious lifestyle for her and her family, and she promoted the importance of being environmentally responsible in her home and her community. Megan's joy from healthy living brought her closer together with her family; not only did she enjoy tending to her garden and cooking from scratch with her Grandma Gladys and Aunt Cindy using organic, home-grown ingredients, but they were always joined in the kitchen by Alek, Tyler and Zoe. Megan always treated others with kindness and patience and could light up a room with her brilliant smile. Her love of music was pervasive. As a talented singer, flute and piano player, she shared her passion with her children and was excited about expanding her folk guitar instruction with Tyler. Most of all, Megan's life was defined by the love she held so strongly for her children. Her entire being was encompassed in her motherhood and she did whatever she could to support her family. Megan will always be remembered as having an exciting zest for life and learning, and for giving her children that same enthusiastic curiosity for the world around them.

Aleksander "Alek" J. Todt, Megan's oldest son, was exceptionally bright and gifted in all his pursuits. With striking blue eyes, Alek had a quiet confidence about him. He excelled in his schoolwork, especially English and history. He was an avid reader and particularly was interested in World War I and military history. He loved to learn from his great-grandpa Max and grandpa Bud all about their military experiences. A gifted musician, Alek played the piano and was learning how to play the violin. He loved to play soccer (as the goalkeeper) and to ride bikes and skateboard with his brother, Tyler.

Tyler J. Todt was the comedic relief and loved to make everyone laugh and smile. He was quick to joke and play around, but his carefree nature always carried a concern for others-he often wanted to know how he could help someone who needed something. Like his brother, Tyler was also intellectually gifted, and excelled in mathematics. He was an accomplished piano player and was learning folk guitar. A hard-working competitor, Tyler loved to play soccer with his brother, and they went swimming any chance they had.

Zoe Todt was full of life and was known to everyone as, "Princess Zoe." Her beautiful blonde curly hair framed a face that was always laughing and smiling and singing. Zoe loved her time at school and being part of the Montessori Academy of Celebration community. Zoe treasured any moment she got to dance and sing, and she was eager to start her ballet lessons. She also had a musical spirit and wasn't shy about playing her harmonica all around the house. With two older brothers, she naturally developed a strong personality; when Alek and Tyler went head-to-head, she was never shy to put her hands on her hips and tell them authoritatively, "Now my boys. . . . stop!" Her brothers, like everyone in the family, thought the world of Zoe and would do anything in the world to see her happy and smiling.

Breezy, the family dog, became part of the family in June 2014. Everyone loved Breezy with a full heart and with unconditional love. Breezy went everywhere with the family and served them well as their loyal and faithful companion.

Megan and her children were beautiful, talented and passionate about life. They were all devoted to each other and lifted their family to aspire to greater accomplishments so that they could compassionately help others. They will be forever loved and greatly missed, and their adored family and friends will never let them be forgotten.

Megan and the children are survived by her mother, Gail Gula; her grandparents, Max and Gladys Kopko; her aunt, Cynthia Kopko and uncle Stewart Peil; her uncle, Larry Gula and his wife, Mary Lou; cousins, Katie Mitchell and Melissa Gula; sisters-in-law: Chrissy Caplet and her husband, Tim, Kellie Ball and her husband, Jon and Alicia Schmidt and her husband, Derek. Megan's children are also survived by their cousins: Ella Caplet, Austin and Autum Hockenberry, Serenity Ball and Nora and Rowan Schmidt; and by their paternal grandmother, Lorie Schmidt and her husband, Erwin "Bud" Schmidt. Megan was predeceased by her father, Albert Gula, and her paternal grandparents, Peter and Ana Gula.

The Todt family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at St. John the Evangelist Church, 22 Maple Ave., Montville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at St. John the Evangelist Church with a reception to follow in the church community center after the Mass. A private burial ceremony will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in support of Megan, Aleksander, Tyler and Zoe's legacy may be made to the scholarship fund created in their honor: ATZ Scholarship Fund c/o Bank of America. You may send your donation to the Bank of America branch most convenient for you. The Woyasz & Son Funeral Service of Uncasville is entrusted with the arrangements.
Published in The Day on January 26, 2020.
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