Charlene Michelle Bode, a lifelong resident of Parsons, passed away on Saturday, July 25, 2020, after losing her battle to cancer at Labette Health in Parsons.
Charlene was born in Parsons on Jan. 28, 1973, to Denny Lee Dietsche (deceased) and Marcia “Gale” Murphy. She attended Parsons High School.
Charlene had enjoyed spending time with her friends and family, being a stay-at-home mother helping raise her kids and various cats, dogs and birds whose company she enjoyed. She looked forward to the birth of her first grandchild. She worked for a time at Casey’s General Store and in telecommunications.
She married her husband, John Bode, on June 26, 1992. They were married for 28 years. Charlene had three children in that time, Michael Bode, Joshua Bode and Heather Bode. While her children were in school, she often helped with projects and homework and participated in all their activities. She would often do her best to help those in need if it was in her power to do so.
Charlene was preceded in death by Merlin “Wayne” Myers, grandfather; Agnes Hazzelet, grandmother; Charles Dietsche, grandfather; Dorotha Proctor, grandmother; Denny Lee Dietsche, father; Dale “Mike” Myers, uncle; and Larry Dietsche, uncle.
Her memory is kept by her husband, John Bode; Marcia “Gale” Murphy, mother; Julie Dietsche, sister; and her children, Michael Bode, and his wife, Hillary, Joshua Bode and Heather Bode; as well as her soon-to-be-born grandchild, Ryan Bode.
Family and friends are invited to visit from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, 405 Main St. They are also invited to a service celebrating Charlene’s life at 1 p.m. Friday. She will be laid to rest in Oakwood Cemetery.