September 21, 1936 ~ December 2, 2018

Born in: Sutton Surrey , Enlgand
Resided in: Firestone, Colorado

Margaret Ann Chando died peacefully on December 2, 2018 at the age of 82.

Margaret was born on September 21, 1936 in Sutton Surrey England to Charles and Lillian Sutton.  She married Emil Chando while he was stationed in England with the Air Force.  Emil swept Margaret off her feet and were married in a quaint English church.  For over 60 years they traveled many times to England, Scotland, Wales, and many Air Force bases in the United States.  Margaret loved being a Wife, Mother and Nanny.

Margaret enjoyed baking, knitting, sewing, and rubbing brasses in churches throughout England with her husband.  When Margaret was young, she loved acting and starred on stage in London.  One of her favorite roles was playing “Alice” in Alice in Wonderland.  Margaret was a wonderful seamstress throughout her life, making clothes and costumes for her children and grandchildren.  Margaret always loved dressing up with her grandchildren and putting on fashion shows.  Margaret thoroughly enjoyed knitting, so much so that it was one of the last she things she was able to do with Alzheimer’s.  She knitted so many blankets and scarfs that her family gave them to many homeless people in the Denver area to keep them warm.  Margaret loved to bowl with her husband until she could no longer pick up her ball but would still go and cheer for her husband.

Margaret’s children remember their Mum as the most generous, loving, and patient women who always encouraged them to pursue their dreams.  Her grandchildren adored their Nana as she always took such great care of them.  Nana loved spending time with each of her grand-children sharing whatever they were interested in, from dinosaurs, history, crocheting, ballooning, and making their favorite foods like perogies and jello cubes.  She loved taking them to the Zoo and the Wow Children’s Museum where she helped them put on plays.  She was the finest and most loving Mum and Nanny!

Margaret was an active and dedicated member of the Catholic Church and often served as a Eucharistic Minister and Lector.

Margaret is survived by her devoted and loving husband Emil.  Her son Nicholas Chando, wife Tonya, granddaughter Elena.  Her daughter Carolyn Chando, grandson Shane.  Her son Patrick Chando, wife Mary, granddaughter Aubry Ott, husband Brian, great-granddaughter Emily, and grandson Morghan.  Her daughter, Theresa Grondin, husband Tim, and grandchildren Bernadette, Simon, Genevieve and Isabelle. Her brother Doug, nephew Paul and Rachel, nephew Neil.  Her brother Michael, niece Linda and Rob Peters, nephew Andrew and Liz.

A Rosary will be led by Bobby Matthews followed by a Parastas (Byzantine Memorial Service for the Faithful Departed) offered by Fr Michael O’Loughlin, Fr Joel Barstad, Fr Hernan Florez, and Fr Deacon Basil Balke on Friday, December 14, 2018, 4:30pm at St. Theresa Roman Catholic Church, 502 Walnut Street, Frederick, CO.  A light reception to follow in the hall.

Funeral Divine Liturgy celebrated by Fr Michael O’Loughlin, Fr Joel Barstad and Fr Deacon Basil Balke will be on Saturday, December 15, 2018, 10:00am at Holy Protection of the Mother of God Byzantine Catholic Church, 1201 South Elizabeth Street, Denver, CO.  A luncheon will follow in the hall.

Burial services and interment will be held at St. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Cemetery in Alpha, NJ on Monday, December 17, 2018 at 12 noon, by Fr Peter Hosak.  Flowers can be sent to Finegan Funeral Home, 302 Heckman Street, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865.  Luncheon to follow at Flynn’s on the Hill, please RSVP to Theresa (Chando) Grondin or Finegan Funeral Home, (908)859-4500.

All are welcome to attend and celebrate Margaret’s life.

In lieu of flowers for services in Colorado donations can be made at

The family would like to thank all those who have been praying for her, for the caregivers at The Peaks Memory Care Facility, and Suncrest Hospice nurses and staff for their care and kindness in taking care of Margaret.

Please share your memories of Margaret and condolences with her family by signing the guestbook below.


Prayer Service: December 14, 2018 4:30 pm

St. Theresa Catholic Church
502 Walnut Street
Frederick, CO 80530


Funeral Service: December 15, 2018 10:00 am

Holy Protection of the Mother of God Byzantine Catholic Church
1201 South Elizabeth Street
Denver, CO 80210

(303) 778-8283

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  1. Margaret is a beautiful woman and I feel blessed to have known her. I will always remember her contagious smile, hugs and kisses she would give me. We often talked about Ed and she would always tell me how he was a wonderful man, which he is. I pray that you will feel comfort and peace during this difficult time.

  2. I had the privilege of meeting Margaret a couple of times and she was always warm, happy, and full of smiles. She will continue to live in the hearts and minds of everyone who met her. I pray that you all are comforted during this time. God bless.

  3. So sorry for your loss of Aunt Margaret. We pray that your memories of her give you comfort, and may God give you all peace at this most difficult time. Our prayers are with you. Love, Steve and Rebecca

  4. Morning Ed and family. Praying for you and your family. Margaret was a special Lady. Very blessed to have known her. The Lord Jesus will be with you at this time. She is with her Lord now. Bless you all. Stan. & Myrna Duneman

  5. May god bless you in your passage to heaven. God bless . Emil May you fine your strength and Love to move forward for your family.

    Lori, Jeff and Hunter Bruce

  6. Ed
    Betty and I extend our most sincere condolences. We remember the good times together at Tome in the past. You and your family are remembered in our thoughts and prayers.
    Jim & Betty Lohjkamp

  7. Ed and family, Our prayers are with you at this time. Margaret was a special lady. Loved talking with her at the bowling alley. Remember all the fun times and laugh knowing what a wonderful person she was.

  8. Margaret was such a lovely and friendly lady, with the most infectious smile. I will always fondly recall chatting with Margaret about England and the Royal Family that she so loved. I know that the many, many wonderful memories of Margaret will be of much comfort to her family in this time of grieving her passing. My thoughts are with you especially Ed, a more devoted and caring husband there could never be my dear friend.

  9. So sorry to hear of Ma rgarets death. Shewas one of my favorite people that came into Safeway in Longmont. My sister is Wendy Chando. Prayers and sincerest sympathies . Bless you

  10. My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Margaret. May your treasured memories bring you joy, and may ‘the God of all comfort’ give you strength and a measure of peace for your grieving hearts at this most difficult time.
    2Cor 1:3

  11. Dear Uncle Emil and Cousins,
    We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Aunt Margaret. She always had a smile on her face and a sweet disposition. We will miss her yearly Christmas Card. Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. Wishing you strength and peace during this difficult time.
    Blessings and Love,
    Pat and Jim Zellner

  12. Ed & family,
    We will always remember Margaret as a kind and giving person, and a wonderful friend.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Sending much love,
    Trish & Mike Masterson

  13. Ed and family:
    Our hearts are sad on hearing of Margaret’s passing.
    May God bring the family peace, comfort and healing
    in this difficult time.
    (p.s. thank you Margaret for your special “Oreo” recipe.”

  14. Aunt Margaret,
    We will cherish our memories of you, you are with God and our beloved Andy and Olga.
    Rest in peace, until we see you again
    All our love

    Andy, Jackie, Heather and Josh Chando

  15. Chando family, so sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of Margaret while working together at Hill AFAB. Rest in peace dear friend.

  16. Dear Ed and family,
    I was so sorry to hear of Margaret’s passing. She was a lovely lady. She was so kind to me when I started singing in the Saturday choir at Saint Theresa. She would always smile and hum and generally be just as sweet as can be. I hope that you will always remember her as the wonderful woman that she was; Kind and generous with a compliment or a hug.
    May The Lord hold you in His arms and may He welcome His faithful servant, Margaret, into His Eternal Home

  17. Dear All

    So very sorry to hear the loss of your Angel. Margaret was such a beautiful soul. Made our lives much richer when she and Ed were living over the road from un In South Cerney, England. We only had you in out physical lives for such a short time but you made such as impact. I still have some of the cot blankets that you kindly gave us for our first baby…who is now almost 29!

    You are blessed to have had such a positive, kind and loving soul as a wife, mother and grandmother. Out thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

  18. I am so sorry to hear about Aunt Margaret . She was a very special lady . I will always remember our times together.
    God Bless, Barbara (Chando) Trahan

  19. Dear Ed & Family,
    I’m holding y’all close to my heart in prayer. Ed, you and Margaret feel like family to me. You are the greatest example of a loving and devoted husband I’ve ever witnessed. May your sweet bride Rest In Peace and May you find comfort in the peace that only God can provide until you meet again.
    Karen Klauss

  20. Dear Ed.

    What times we had at the Elliot Arms South Cerney.
    Love Margaret dearly she is a lovely lady, she is still with us just in another place.
    What fun we had.

    God bless you all, wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend

    Our Love
    Linda & Duncan

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