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Carole B. Turner

Carole B. Turner dictated the following obituary, to which her family has made minor edits, in the days before her passing.

Carole B. Turner was born in Pittsburgh, PA on July 21, 1944 to Jack and Georgie Brown of Verona, PA and passed away August 23, 2019. Carole grew up in the Oakmont/Verona area and, after completing high school, worked seven years as a legal secretary. In 1970, she met and married Steve Turner. The following year, they began their family, which eventually consisted of three boys: Ben, Doug, and Dan. Carole and Steve raised their children who went to college, moved away from home, found their careers, and then had their own lives. After Steve retired, Carole and Steve travelled extensively.  During retirement they had a most unusual experience of living almost ten years on a little island in Lake Erie – Kelleys Island. Steve designed and built their house. Carole tended the backyard garden and the flowerbeds surrounding the house. After nine and a half years, they moved back to the mainland and were there two years when Steve passed in November of 2011. Carole then moved to Upper Arlington, where she was in residence until she became ill. There she enjoyed gardening and talking with neighbors at her son’s house and spending time at the Upper Arlington Senior Center. The programs and staff there are excellent and she especially enjoyed yoga with her friends for six years, for which she wished to thank Elaine Torrie, her wonderful instructor. Carole was an avid reader and was also thankful to the Upper Arlington Public Library, Adult Services Section, for giving her a place to volunteer and feel most welcome every Saturday morning.

Carole and her family are grateful to all the medical and non-medical personnel at The Ohio State Brain and Spine Hospital, The James Cancer Hospital, Mill Run Rehabilitation Center, and of course, her last and final home, Westminster-Thurber. In all these places she received excellent medical care and outstanding personal care and kindness.

Carole’s family currently consists of Benjamin Turner (David Schlansker III) of Arlington, VA, Douglas Turner (Emily Krebs) of Upper Arlington, OH, and Daniel (Christina Marie) Turner of Akron, OH. Carole has two grandsons, Simon and Oliver Turner, who always made her heart smile just at the mention of their names. Carole also has a brother, Larry (Susan) Brown of Sunnyvale, CA. Her family was her love and her heart.

Per Carole’s request, no services will be held. Donations may be made to donor’s choice.

“To my yogi buddies: Namaste, which means ‘the light in me recognizes and honors the light in each one of you.’ To the rest of you, I wish you peace.” – Carole B. Turner


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  • Jane Sindel says:

    Carole will be missed here at the UA Senior Center by friends, classmates and staff. I will especially miss her honesty and enthusiasm. Rest in peace, friend!

  • Carla Sherwood, Colorado says:

    Carole and I met in New Orleans when we were first starting families. Two young women born in Pennsylvania, finding ourselves far from home. After many separate adventures, our friendship resumed again in 2011 when Carole searched the internet and located me. We shared the love of reading and of libraries. We shared the joy and pride of motherhood. She is missed.

  • Elaine Torrie says:

    I had the honor of being Carole’s yoga teacher at the UA Senior Center. From the beginning, she was my biggest cheerleader. It takes time to build attendance in classes, but she was always encouraging and attended almost every class. The first winter I taught there, she bought hiking boots as as walked to class and wanted to be sure to attend even if it snowed. She was my unofficial greeting committee, she would always go out of her way to greet new students and make them feel welcome. She told me she was an introvert by nature, but when her husband passed away she decided to become more outgoing to stay connected. What an inspiration. As my class size grew, she would regularly tell me how much she appreciated my teaching and that others did, too. She always had a kind word and a smile for me and the others. Everyone knew and loved Carole. She brought a special energy to my classes, and I will always feel her presence there. Namaste, my friend.

  • Ralph & Carole Zanella says:

    Dear Family, So sorry to hear of your dear Mother’s passing.
    We pray God will give you all the strength and courage at this difficult time.
    Carole dear, you are in the arms of our Father in paradise where you are perfect now. Rest in Peace.
    Our sincere condolences from the Zanella family of Verona, Pennsylvania.

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