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Margaret Ann Chando

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 on Monday, December 17, 2018 at 12pm, 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 at or text to 303-620-6742.    

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.