OBITUARY

Todd Andrew Zaske

June 12, 1975September 4, 2021
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Todd Andrew Zaske, 46, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 4th, 2021 with family at his side. Todd was the son of Robert and the late Carolyn Zaske.

He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 23 years, Jennifer (Wilhelmsen), daughters Sarah and Emma, father Robert, brother Matt (Cathy), nephew Jack, mother-in-law Eileen, sister-in-law Cindy (Jose) and their children Isa and Lily.

Todd grew up in Livonia, Michigan and was a member of Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. He graduated from Clarenceville High School and went on to earn a bachelor's degree in Telecommunications at Michigan State University. Todd worked in video production most recently supporting General Motors as a Post-Production Supervisor. Todd had a great sense of humor, loved spending time with his family, camping, playing video games, and drawing. Todd had a passion for digging deep into his religion making Christian education a priority to him for his children. He served in various roles at both of the churches he attended during his life, holding positions such as elder and usher.

Funeral In State and Funeral Service will be at Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church on Friday, September 10, 2021 at 10:00am and 11:00am respectively.

Memorials may be made to Concordia Lutheran School 9600 Leverne, Redford, MI 48239.

Services

  • Funeral In State

    Friday, September 10, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, September 10, 2021

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Mike Dunklee

September 14, 2021

I am stunned and so deeply saddened to hear of Todd's passing. When I look back at some of my fondest memories from high school, nearly all of them involve Todd. He was so smart. so talented and such a good person. To this day, the creativity I experienced being in his presence continues to inspire my own creative writing. What a tragic loss. My heart goes out to his wife and kids, Matt, and the rest of Todd's loved ones.

Rick and Tish Hayes

September 10, 2021

Todd was our next door neighbor on Hubbard street. Great personality, funny, liked everything.

Keith Kaminski

September 9, 2021

Hi, Todd.

I miss you, bud. I'm sorry that I didn't have the opportunity to spend more time with you at the GM studio. I wish that I had. All of us there had such an awesome time working with you. Of course, we had an important job to do, but it was always made much easier and fun when you were there. Your co-worker and dear friend, Tom Z., & I would often describe you, stealing a quote from the Beavis & Butt-head cartoons..."Todd's cool!", because you really were.

You know, you never called me by my first name, Keith...it was always "Kaminski!". That was very endearing to me, it made me smile. Yes, your humorous way of describing a story or imitating a voice was hilarious, too. Whether it was your version of Sean Connery, or an Aussie greeting of "G'day" on head-set during an early morning broadcast that kept us amused...and awake. I thank you so much for that, and for being the person that you were to others, most importantly, to your family.

I love you, Todd. I look forward to someday sharing good times and laughs with you again, this time in Heaven. You & your family own my loving prayers and deepest thoughts...I miss you.

Your friend,
"Kaminski"

Kyle Vernier

September 9, 2021

I shot a show with the GM studio ops crew once a month for many years. After the shoots we’d have these long pizza lunches and, even if he wasn’t on the crew that day, Todd would usually come hang out. I loved those lunches. We’d all sit around and talk shop, complain about clients, or just tell funny stories. Todd was great at telling funny stories. He always had some insightful or unique take on things. He was a natural storyteller. He’d act out the different people in the story, cracking us all up. I really enjoyed all of my time with him. Every time I saw him it was like reconnecting with an old friend.

My condolences to his family and friends. I’m so sorry for your loss.

Brian Dagg

September 9, 2021

Todd,

You were always a joy to work with and brought smiles and laughter to many. I was always excited to find out when I would be working with you because I knew the day would be fun. You brought a sense of calm and humor to the workplace that really made it enjoyable.

May you rest in eternal greatness, Todd.


Craig Scott

September 9, 2021

In every work environment, there is someone that makes work not seem like work. Todd was that person.

Funny, creative, friendly and helpful. Todd had the ability to put clients and colleagues at ease with his charm and sense of humor. If he had a mean bone in his body it was never visible . He brightened the studios with his smile and wit.

I will be forever grateful to be able to call him friend.

My condolences and prayers to his family and his friends. RIP Todd. Thanks for the laughs and smiles.

Chris Meyer

September 8, 2021

Todd helped me navigate my crazy teenage years, so of course there are too many memories. Among the most vivid: the two of us trying to sleep in the back of Hope's white Taurus station wagon one rainy night in 1992, parked in a Jellystone campground somewhere in the middle of the country. We listened to the rain hit the windows and talked about all the things teen boys talk about. And if you know Todd, you won't be surprised that we also discussed some less-common topics. Like that phenomenon where you're skimming through a book, then realize you must have skimmed right past an important plot point, and have to go back and find it.

Such a silly and mundane conversation ... but to this day, I think of Todd every time I do that.

I will always remember Todd as an incredibly talented artist, a musician who sang impromptu songs lampooning daily life. He felt deeply, but was also quick to laugh, and could bring light and joy even to darker moments. I'm sure that those traits (and many others) made him a wonderful husband and father, and my heart goes out to Jenny and their daughters.

Rest well, old friend.

Ed Kaltz

September 8, 2021

Todd always put a humorous and entertaining spin on any dialogue we engaged in. His devotion and dedication to his family & faith was one we all aspired to reach. I have great admiration for his can-do attitude. My condolences to Jennifer, their daughters, family and friends.
God Bless and Rest In Peace.

Ed

Curt Slatina

September 8, 2021

Todd and I were thick as thieves when we were younger. I have a lot of memories of the fun times we had. There were church lock-ins and dances...Odyssey of the Mind competitions...…he was the wing man for my first kiss at a Knights of Columbus dance...generally hanging out and musing about the meaning of life...badly dubbing movies (His version of Bloodsport was my favorite.) Cedar Point trips. It goes on and on.

His loss leaves a vacuum. He was a great friend and a great man. He had the greatest sense of humor of anyone I have ever met. And to be honest it rubbed off on me. My prayers to his wife and daughters and the rest of his family.

Lou Peters

September 8, 2021

I worked with Todd at UR-Channel/GM from 2010 to 2015, he was one of the most helpful, friendly and humorous co-workers I've ever had, I really miss the time I worked with him.

I'm so sorry for your loss.

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