{ "" }
Share MARGARET's life story with friends and family
Send an Email
Or Copy this URL to Share

Of Washington, DC, died at her home on Thursday, September 26, 2013. She was born on August 22, 1957 in Buffalo, NY, to the late Mary Ann Ernst and John James Ernst.  Margaret is survived by her loving husband, Frederick E. Jenney and her two children, Madeline D. Jenney and Matthew D. Jenney. She is also survived by five brothers and sisters, Mary Kathleen, John, Julia, Timothy and Christopher Ernst; and by many extended family members and friends. She is sorely missed. We will all remember her indomitable spirit. There will be a memorial service on Saturday, October 5, 2013, at 12 noon at Tony & Joe's Seafood Place, 3000 K St NW (Washington Harbor). Please visit: for more information. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in Margaret's honor to St. Coletta of Greater Washington.

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in The Washington Post on Sep. 28, 2013.
Memories & Condolences
Guest Book sponsored by a best friend
Not sure what to say?
View Printed Guest Book
22 entries
January 14, 2014
I am so sorry to hear of Margaret's passing. She was a wonderful and very talented woman. I worked with her at McArthur Glen.
Sandra Buchko
October 29, 2013
Dear Rick: Lee just told me the terrible news and I am overcome with sorrow for you and your family. I think about you all often, and longingly, as Bruce and I have missed the pleasure of your company over the years. Time is so short. We hope we can be part of your support in the future. With great sympathy, Sandy and Bruce Werness
October 10, 2013
I am still shocked and sadden for lossing such a good person. she will be missed. My heartfelt condolences to the Ernst family and the Jenny family. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayer to all of you

Cynthia DeLa Cruz
Cynthia De La Cruz
October 8, 2013
We enjoyed Margaret and will miss her in our neighborhood. Our sincere sympathy. The Fearons, Bob and Ada May
Margaret Ernst
October 6, 2013
Dear Mary Kathleen, John, Laurie, Julia, Tim and Chris,

I am so very sorry for the tragic loss of your dear sister Margaret. I know what a lovely person she was and have heard how much she did for her community in the years since I have seen her. She sounds like a person who was greatly admired for her strength in dealing with adversity. I know that your mother was so proud of her business accomplishments during her career. So sad to lose someone who should have had so many more years to live her life. You are lucky to have each other for comfort. The older I get, the more I appreciate having my siblings.
My sympathies to Rick and her children.

My best to all of you and prayers for peace going forward.

Melissa Barton Ortolani
October 3, 2013
My sincere condolences to all of the Ernst Family. I was shocked and saddened to hear about Margaret's passing so suddenly. I am thinking of all of you and how difficult this must be. I know that Margaret gave so much of herself to her family and community, her death is a tremendous loss to all.
I hope that your fond memories of Margaret's "joie de vie " will give you some comfort at this very sad time. Margaret and her Mom, Mary Ann are rejoined in the arm's of God . May they enjoy love and peace for eternity.
Cynthia Barton Keil and family
October 3, 2013
Ernst family I offer my sincere condolence for the lost of your dear love one. May the God of comfort sustain you during this difficult time.
October 2, 2013
My heart is truly saddened to hear of Margaret's premature passing. Margaret and I first met in first grade at Nativity of Our Lord school. Throughout high school, it was hard not be revived by the warmth in her smile, the bounce in her energized spirit and her twinkling eyes. I have very fond memories of sleepover, her many talents, many high school activities and fun times, and hours of laughter! My prayers are certainly with her husband and children, and certainly with Mary Kathleen, John, Julia, Chris and Tim. I pray God's comfort and grace will continue to embrace you all with His strength.
Gina Gardner (Dunn)
October 2, 2013
The Ernst family is certainly an important part of my years in O.P. John and I were buddies from kindergarten through our years at Nativity on to sharing Homecoming Court at OPHS. My sincere condolences to you John and your siblings. My memory of Margaret is you always felt better after seeing her.
Margie Greer Creamer
October 1, 2013
During high school Margaret Ernst wowed most of us with her stunning talents just as she touched each of our souls with her generous heart. Her friendship and agile wit will always be remembered, along with her twinkling eyes, beaming smile and who could ever forget her striking chestnut hair. She inspired many of us to live life more fully, to be true to self and to accept others in grace.
Margaret was a showstopper – a true leader!

Personally, I thank you for being fearless and showing me the way to a richer life Margaret, God Bless you and your family. You are all in my prayers.
Ann Marie Breen-Polec
October 1, 2013
Margaret was one of the most talented and beautiful people I've known. Lots of memories from Orchard Park High school. She will be missed. Peace be with you Margaret, and your family and friends.
Nancy Kirkner
September 30, 2013
Margaret-you were taken too young...I will pray for you and your family. May God be by your side always <3
Kelly Kaiser
September 30, 2013
So sadden to hear of Margaret's passing.I knew her from school in Orchard Park. Even though we parted ways she was always that one person you never forgot. My prayers and thoughts go out to her family. May she rest in peace and continue to play her beautiful music.
Dawn Fleming(Nicoloff)
September 30, 2013
I am so sorryy to hear about Margaret. I went to high school with her and remember her spirit as brave, and filled with love. I am so sorry
Lauren Annino
September 30, 2013
Some moments in life there are no words, please accept my heartfelt sympathy for your great loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Edith Shorts, Business Manager, Oyster-Adams
September 30, 2013
Margaret lived a heroic life of love, grace and beauty. Her frank openness and steady gaze were a rare commodity in today's world. No one who met Margaret left a stranger. She was the genuine article. She will be sorely missed. Our hearts are breaking for Rick, Madeline and Matthew. We send our prayers and love,

Peggy and Jeff
Peggy and Jeff Grant
September 30, 2013
Margaret taught me so much, especially about family, service to others, traditions and unconditional love. The deepest part of my heart goes out to lovely Rick, Madeline and Matthew and to the most loving of siblings, Mary Kathleen, John, Julia, Tim and Chris. God bless and may you be showered with love and healing.
Victoria Churchville
Victoria Churchville
September 30, 2013
.We send our love and sympathy to all of Margaret,s family
Many in her hometown of Orchard Park, New York fondly remember the beautiful, talented perky young girl who inspired many of our children with her scholarship and leadership. The Ernst family lives in all our special memories.
Our sympathy to Margaret"s husband and children and to
Mary Kathleen, John, Julia, Tim and Chris...we are with you all in our thoughts and prayers.
The Keane family .
September 29, 2013
Thoughts and prayers to the entire Ernst family and Margaret's husband and children. We grew up across the street on South Meadow. So sorry to hear of her passing.
Jeanette Chudy Farrell & Family
September 29, 2013
Margaret was a role model for living a life filled with acts of service. Thank you for all you have done for family and friends. Our thoughts go out to Rick, Madeline, and Matthew.

love, Paul and Kim
Paul and Kim Lierheimer
September 29, 2013
Margaret was the dearest, most wonderful person and friend. She was everyone's rock with the kindest, warmest and greatest of hearts. She will always be remembered and loved, Kari, Rich, Morgan and Sydney
September 29, 2013
Dear lovely Margaret wherever you are I keep you in my hart. Thak you for you incredible energy and good spirit. Lots of love to your family
Violette Heger-Hedloy
Invite others to add memories
Share to let others add their own memories and condolences