Takoda-Quin L. Zimmerman, 12, died peacefully on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010, surrounded by family and friends at the Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna, Alaska.
A vigil service will be 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church in Kenai. A memorial mass will be 5 p.m. Friday Oct. 29, at the Nikiski Middle/High School auditorium. Fathers Joe Dowling, O.M.I. and Andrew Sensinig, O.M.I will officiate.
Takoda was born in Soldotna, Alaska on October 26, 1997. He attended Nikiski North Star Elementary and Nikiski Middle/High School.
In 2005, he was diagnosed with a rare disease known as ALD. Despite the obstacles this disease presented, he was blessed with incredible strength, perseverance, and an amazing sense of humor. His family said he remained positive about life, infecting others with joy by always laughing and smiling. Takoda was a fun boy who loved Pokemon and family very much. He was a dancer, prankster, soccer player, snow boarder, swimmer, Pokemon master, super fan and fiddle player.
He was a very compassionate boy who tried to right things when they were wrong. Takoda loved to make others feel good about themselves.
"White Thunderbird 'Whobskigonayahsh.' May the Great Spirit walk always by your side and protect you forever and ever. Takoda leaves behind many wonderful friends, caregivers and teachers that provided love and support that enhanced his quality of life. He was embraced by God's loving hands when he passed away on Saturday. " his family said.
He is survived by his parents, Troy and Linda Zimmerman; his brother, Trey-Alexander; his sister, Tika-Marie; his paternal grandparents, Terrell and Sally Zimmerman, Melrose, Minn.; maternal grandparents, George and Yasuko Lehtinen, Soldotna; uncles and aunts, John and TJ Hessburg, Grosse Point Park, Mich.; Travis Zimmerman, Garrison, Minn.; Trent and Melissa Zimmerman, Sartell, Minn.; Jeff and Pako Whannell, Kenai; Wayne and Sandra Lehtinen, Coco Beach, Fla.; and numerous loving cousins.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Takoda Zimmerman Dance Scholarship, Wells Fargo account #6402636655 or Encore Dance Academy, 110 Haller St., Kenai, AK 99611.
Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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