Judge to share journey of grief, faith

Summit County Juvenile Court Judge and mom Linda Teodosio will share her journey into grief, faith and remembrance following the death of her daughter. Her talk, about finding God in the loss of her child, will open the 2013-14 Wednesday Night Speaker Series on Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. at Stow Presbyterian Church, 4150 Fishcreek Road, Stow.

Teodosio and her husband Tom, a judge in the General Division of Summit County Common Pleas Court, lost their young adult daughter Andrea in a tragic skiing accident in West Virginia in 2011. A graduate of Walsh Jesuit High School and John Carroll University, Andrea was also an athlete, world traveler, and a lover of music. Andrea was a research and strategy development assistant at a marketing communications firm in Akron.

The Teodosios' yearning to honor the memory of their daughter led to the creation of The Andrea Rose Teodosio Memorial Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to demonstrate the values Andrea held close to her heart. These include compassionately assisting the underprivileged and elderly, actively addressing environmental issues, and promoting community service and education.

Some of the work of the foundation includes donating raised garden beds to area nursing homes and adult day centers, college scholarships and, through a local Girl Scout troop, collecting formal dresses for deserving girls for special occasions. The foundation also sponsors an annual 5K run.

The Stow Presbyterian Church Wednesday Night Speaker Series is designed to enlighten, educate and engage audiences on a variety of relevant and interesting topics. The series is free and open to the community. For more information call 330-688-6935 or visit www.stowpres.org.