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In Memoriam: Ethel Sandos
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By La Voz Staff
08/04/2021
A pioneer of her time, a trailblazer for Denver, Ethel Sandos embodied what it meant to be a servant of the community and to others. Ethel passed with love and family surrounding her on July 21, 2021.

Strewn throughout the city are landmarks which represent the hard work, dedication, and commitment she had for the Denver community. Whether it be a home made meal, or representation for people in need, Ethel was always willing to go the extra mile to be of service to others.

After meeting her husband, Sam, Ethel Sandos became an undeniable powerhouse. They facilitated and created so much, all while bringing 10 children into the world. Despite having a family of 12, they often found themselves with more mouths to feed, over time fostering 14 children, “There was always enough,” Ethel would say. And when there wasn’t, she would find a way to make it so.

Despite struggles and humble beginnings, Ethel was a deeply devout woman. She was highly involved in the Catholic Church. Instrumental in leading the Cursillo movement, in her early years. She also helped to establish the Catholic Youth Recreation Association, Baseball.

Ethel and Sam lived for the community. Together they founded M.L. Sam Sandos Christmas Basket Program, which has fed nearly 2,000 families in need every Christmas for over 40 years. Sam and Ethel also started a scholarship program to give merit to outstanding Hispanic volunteer students called the Hispanic Annual Salute. The Ancianos organization was forged with senior citizens in mind. They also were involved in creating the National Youth Sports Program, reaching children all over the country.

M.L. Sam Sandos Health Center, Sandos Hall at SWIC, and Sandos Park are all monuments built in tribute to Ethel and her late husband. Ethel Sandos leaves a legacy of triumph, strength, courage, and honor. Denver is better because of her years of work for the community.

Surviving family members include: Sherry Ortiz, (Victor), daughters Michelle Hoferber, Gary: Sandy Ortiz, Tammy Sandy Kounalis, (Anthony), children, Michelle, Alexandria, Alicia, Sam Michale Sandos, sons, Jason, Travis, Troy, David Sandos, Bruce Mehalic, Paul Sandos, (Crystal), Michael Atencio, Amanda, Tim Sandos, (Tamra), Meagen, Kelly, Karly, Dan Sandos,(Lisa), children Derek, Theann; Danielle, Jerry Ortega, Patrick Sandos, (Jean), children Brooks, Erin, Courtney, Sean Sandos, (Gloria), children Seande’, Jolene, Lariss. Ethel Sandos dearly loved her children, 25 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

Visitation: Newcomer Mortuary, August 17, 6:00 PM

Mass: All Saints Catholic Church, August 18, 10:00 AM

Reception: TBD

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