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Lorraine B. 'Lori' Bode, 88, died Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013.

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Born and raised a New England girl, Lori Bode graduated from Westminster College at 11 a.m. in June 1947 and got married in Westminster Chapel at 7 p.m. before moving to Wilkinsburg to start her new life.

“That was a big day for her,” said Mary Elizabeth “Meg” Turner of Charlotte, N.C. “My mother never let a lot of moss grow under her feet.”

Lorraine B. Bode died Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, after a brief bout with melanoma. She was 88.

Born in Brockton, Mass., she married Thomas D. Turner III and into T.D. Turner Funeral Home, a family business started in 1881 in what became Wilkinsburg. The couple raised five children in a white house atop a hill at Graham Boulevard and Penn Avenue.

She owned the funeral home for several years after her husband died in 1982. Later, she moved to Oakland to be closer to Pittsburgh's museums and theater.

“She loved culture,” said her son, Tom Turner IV of Blackridge.

She remarried in 1988, to Harry Hosford Jr., who died six years later.

In 1997, she married again, this time to Dr. Frederick W. Bode Jr., who lives in Vero Beach, Fla.

“Two things that were always important to her were her family and faith,” Meg Turner said.

Mrs. Bode belonged to Second United Presbyterian Church in Wilkinsburg, where she was an elder, choir member, Sunday school teacher and a member of the Women's Association.

Mrs. Bode later joined First Presbyterian Church in Vero Beach, a community where she stayed active with golf, tennis and other activities, which included working out with a personal trainer.

“Her friends were amazed and probably in shock about her again,” Meg Turner said.

She performed in the Theater Club of Pittsburgh and helped found the Wilkinsburg Theater Group, where she directed the play “Our Town.”

She was active with the Wilkinsburg Historical Society, Chamber of Commerce, Boys and Girls Club and the Junior Women's Club. She served on the board of Westminster College Alumna and Woman's Club.

Her love of Pittsburgh led her to help start the Pittsburgh Panorama tour business.

But Mrs. Bode's love for New England endured. She loved to vacation in Cape Cod and once owned houses in Nantucket.

“We spent all of our summers on Cape Cod for like, 20 years,” Tom Turner said.

In addition to her husband, son and daughter, Mrs. Bode is survived by her children, Anne Chase of Cataumet, Mass.; James Turner of Westminster, Md.; and Sally Ramsdell of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; nine grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday in Wolfe Memorial Inc., Forest Hills Chapel, 3604 Greensburg Pike. A celebration of life service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday in Beulah Presbyterian Church Chapel, Churchill.

Jason Cato is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7936 or jcato@tribweb.com.

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