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Former S.I.G.L.F.F. President Succumbs to Cancer

John “Todd” Lohse-Edwards 02/18/1969 - 04/29/2014

John “Todd” Lohse-Edwards passed away early Tuesday morning 5:30am, April 29, 2014 with his loving husband Tyler Edwards-Lohse at his side. Todd passed at Kaiser Morse which is the same hospital he was born on Tuesday, February 18, 1969. He was a native of Roseville.

Back in November 2013, Todd announced on his Facebook page that he had just recently learned of his illness and it was already “widespread and had moved into my brain”. He concluded in typical Todd fashion, “My vision is affected but I still look great!”

Since then husband Tyler took care of Todd until just a few days before his death when he had to take him to the hospital due to the fact the pain was getting to be unmanageable. Tyler mostly stayed by his side to the very end.

Todd served on the Board of the Sacramento International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival since 2009 and became President in 2010. The non-profit organization brings great Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) films to Sacramento and raises funds for scholarships and for other worthy non-profit organizations in the LGBT community.

Todd’s vision in the coming years was to expand the festival, bring quality film to our community while maintaining the general admission price of $10.00 and increase our outreach to other individuals and organizations to improve the environment in which we all live.

Much of the hard work Todd did behind the scenes went unnoticed but the continued success of the festival owes much of that success to him.

Both Todd and Tyler have always worked side-by-side as REALTORS, with S.I.G.L.F.F. and as co-founders of Pride Media, serving as co-hosts on the region’s very first LGBTQ radio program.

After being together and solely committed to each other for 10 years, meeting in San Francisco’s Castro District, Todd and Tyler were officially married the same day of the Supreme Court decision, striking down Prop 8 and moments after the stay was lifted. The happy couple was among over 16 – 17 same-sex marriages that were performed that same afternoon.

Their commitment to each other “for better or worse, in sickness and in health” is a testament why Prop 8 should never have been in the first place.

Besides husband, Tyler, Todd is survived by his mother and father as well as three sisters, one brother, two nieces and two nephews. He is also preceded in death by their son Aidan Parker Edwards-Lohse.

The family is inviting the community to attend a Memorial and Celebration of Todd’s life beginning at 12:00 noon with a reception to follow Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Pioneer Church, 2700 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95816.

A private burial will take place next to his son in Roseville.

In lieu of flowers Todd wanted the community to contribute, in his honor, to the Sacramento International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival c/o account #7015824424, Wells Fargo Bank, 5660 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento, CA, or to Pioneer Church Safe Ground Ministries in memory of Todd Lohse-Edwards.

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