Sunday, December 10, 2023
December 10, 2023

Ethel Rose Middleditch Diubaldo Roland


(nee ROLAND)

August 15, 1940 –

February 4, 2014


Our remarkable sister, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, and dear friend passed away on Februrary 4, at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg MB. with family by her side.  She was predeceased by her  parents Harry (Jack) Roland and Laura Roland, brother Herk Roland and most recently by her husband Dominic Diubaldo, February 3, 2014.  

Ethel will be sadly missed by her six children: Tony Roland of Richer MB.; Linda McDonald (Doug) of Lillooet BC, Timothy Middleditch (Chun) of  Columbus Ohio, Lanui Middleditch, Chester Middleditch and Lee-Ann  Middleditch of Saltspring Island BC; seven grandchildren, Amy (Lane) Falk, Sean (Bobbi)Day, Zacary and Emilie Verboom. Danny (Sunyount) Miller, Perry Miller and  Carrie  Middleditch; six great grandchildren, Chole, Alya, Chase, Gavin, Han, Ahra, as well as her six siblings,  Leona Cook, John Roland, David Roland, Josie Morrison,  Marina Dick, and Kate Roland as well as her close knit family and  friends.  

She was an Island girl, born and raised on Saltspring Island and ever proud of her Hawaiian Heritage.  Spending a majority  of her life on the West Coast, she met Dom on the island and soon after moved East to Manitoba 20 years ago where she enjoyed working in her “Bloomin’ Lovley” greenhouse, volunteering at Steinbach  Central, being a member of the Richer, Young at Hearts Club and  attending every garage sale in a 50 mile radius.  She was known for her sense of humour, quick wit, an unique style.  She also enjoyed  spending time making jewelry and doing an array of crafts and adding  to her treasured stamp collection.

She was an amazing woman, and taught her children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren, the meaning of life and love and respect and  family.  The most important things in her life were family and  friends for whom she would do anything.  She was truly young at heart  and her gorgeous smile and incredible sense of humour and kindness  will always be remembered by all who knew her, and never be forgotten.

Our family would like to thank each and every person who helped care for Ethel in her last days. The emergency crews, the amazing staff and Doctors of the surgical intensive care unit at Health Sciences  Centre.

A  Funeral service was held for Ethel and Dom by Dom’s family on February 11 in Winnipeg.  Our family will have a Celebration of Life  here on Saltspring.  The Date and Venue will be announced soon.

Last night in my dreams

I saw your face again

We were there in the sun

On a white sandy beach of Hawaii

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