Diane Roles 1948-2023

Diane Roles 1948-2023

Diane Roles, 75, Holton, died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2023, at her home.

She was born Sept. 14, 1948, in Salina, the daughter of Edward and Maxine Steudte Gardiner.

Ms. Roles worked as a nurse’s aide for the Topeka State Hospital until it closed. She then worked at the Jackson County Nursing Home and Harrah’s Prairie Band Casino.

She married Wayne Bush in February of 1973. They divorced. She married Howard “Dale” Roles on Feb. 25, 1975. They divorced.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward Gardiner and Maxine Oates; a granddaughter, Shelby Roles, who died at birth; and a brother, David Oates.

Survivors include a son, “J.D.” Roles and wife Kasey, Whiting; two daughters, Amy Schmutzler and husband Matt, Topeka, and Janet Curtis and husband Jimmy, Holton; a brother, Eugene Gardiner, Topeka; three sisters, Carol Welch and Vernell Gardiner, both of Topeka, and Jeanenne Moore, in Colorado; 10 grandchildren, Amber, Michael, Michael, Mellanie, Morissa, Allison, Wyatt, Hope, Grace and Hudson; and nine great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, with services at 10:30 a.m. at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Holton. Burial will follow in Holton Cemetery. Ms. Roles will lie in state until 5 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Heart of Jackson Humane Society or the Stormont-Vail Foundation for the Cancer Center, sent in care of Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1034, Holton, KS 66436.

The Holton Recorder

109 W. Fourth St.
Holton, KS 66436
Phone: 785-364-3141



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