Edward Lloyd Turley, 70
April 16, 1952-Sept. 29, 2022
Edward Lloyd Turley, 70, of St. Joseph died in his sleep on Sept. 29 at his home.
His funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Sacred Heart Chapel at St. Benedict’s Monastery in St. Joseph. A reception of family and friends will immediately follow the services in the Sacred Heart Chapel Gathering Space. A piano tribute concert will precede the services at 1 p.m. in the Sacred Heart Chapel.
Turley joined the music faculty of the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University in 1981 and has been an active soloist, accompanist, clinician and adjudicator throughout the upper Midwest. In addition to his solo recitals and performances with many regional organizations, he has performed in a chamber music capacity with members of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra and the CSB/SJU faculty chamber music ensemble, Pastiche. Since coming to CSB/SJU, he has served as chair of the music department for nearly 20 years while teaching applied piano, piano literature, music through history and piano pedagogy.
He was known for his collaborative work on several colleagues’ CDs including his wife mezzo soprano Carolyn Finley, whom he met and married in the early 1990s. Other CD projects were with soprano Patricia Kent; Dr. Dale White, trumpet; and Dr. Richard Dirlam, saxophone. He loved collaborating on new compositions, most recently with Richard Chandler on his “Songs of Addiction” based on the poetry of Larry Schug. When he wasn’t performing or teaching, Many residents of St. Joseph will have fond memories of Turley dressed as Santa Claus and riding the Burlington Northern train into town.
Survivors include his wife Carolyn Finley; brother-in-law William Walsh; three nephews Sam Walsh, Joe and Jennifer Walsh and family, and William Walsh II.
A full obituary will be printed in the Oct. 14 edition of the St. Joseph Newsleader.