Uma Chugha

June 26, 1946October 5, 2021

Uma Chugha, 75, beloved wife and mother, passed away on Tuesday, October 5, 2021. She went peacefully at home surrounded by her loved ones. She was born on 26 June, 1946 in Lucknow, India to the late Asita and Maya Chatterjee. She graduated from La Martiniere School and attended Isabella Thoburn College. She worked as an administrative assistant at Duke University and Plano Medical Center.

She infused joy into the world through her optimism, kindness and generosity. She loved to cook and feed others. She exemplified Sathya Sai Baba’s value of Love all, Serve all. She volunteered for more than 17 years with the UNC Hospitals Cardiac Rehabilitation Center and was awarded the Elaine M. Hill Award for Distinguished Volunteer Service in 2018.

She is survived by her husband, Giridharilal Chugha; her daughters, Sangeeta Varanasi and Preeti Chugha; son-in-laws, Ravi Varanasi and Ashley Richardson; her grandchildren, Sai Varanasi, Ram Varanasi and Carina Richardson; and brothers, Deepak Chatterjee and Sumant Chatterjee.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name may be made to TABLE NC (

Services provided by Brown-Wynne, 300 St. Mary's Street, Raleigh.


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Sunil Patell

October 13, 2021

Sai Ram, Very Sad to hear of our dear Uma-aunty's passing. Our Prayers to the Almighty to Bless Eternal Peace and Liberation to the departed Atma. May HE also bless Girdhari-uncle, family and friends with Patience, Courage and Strength to bear this Loss.
We had the good fortune to come to know Uma-aunty while they were here in the Plano area and were regular attendees at the Sai Center. She was a mild-manner Sew-bhavi Atma, she would light up a room with her presence. She had one of the most loving and mesmerizing smile with that smile there was a compassionate heart. She and Uncle were involved in many of the Sewa activities on a regular basis. We have so many fond memories of her. I will share one of the incidents.
Once, she had overheard me talking to someone in the foyer of the Sai center, this was a few days before my birthday. In my conversation with this individual i must have mentioned that I Love Ras-gullas. Some how she found out about my birthdate, and on that day she came to our house to deliver a tray full of Ras-gullas. You can not imagine the Joy I felt to have some body take her time and making my day. I know just kike this she had touched so many lives, be that family, friends or even strangers.
We will miss her dearly, but will cherish the pleasant moments that we are Honored and Privileged to have spend with her during her time here in Plano, TX
In Prayers....Sunil T. Patell and Family

Vijaya and Ram Gunturi

October 11, 2021

Dear Giridhari ji, Sangeeta and Preeti,
Words can not express how dear Uma had been to us. She was a sweet and kind soul, always filling our hearts with joy.
Our friendship with her during your Dallas stay, the times we spent working with Balvikas children, participating in seva projects and travelling to Puttaparthi during Sai pilgrimages - have all strengthened our bond beautifully over the years. Going to miss her! Lots of love, Vijaya and Ram Gunturi 💖

Sulochana Naidoo

October 8, 2021

Dear Chugha Family,

I am so sad to hear about our beloved Uma passing on, and pray that Swami's love and light keep you strong.

From our first meeting in Chapel Hill, Uma embraced our family feel with her caring. My memories of Uma are filled with her gentle, sweet smile, her favorite bhajans to sing and hear, her delicious foods (mango mousse, kheer, etc.), her jokes and encouragement, and most of all her loving, inclusive ways.

I pray that she has merged with Sami's light and that we will all continue to feel her loving presence.

Om Shanthi Shanthi Shanthi💕🙏🏾

Aparna & Devkumar Das

October 8, 2021

SaiRam, we have so many wonderful memories of Umaji in Dallas. Always smiling & joyous that’s our Umaji. We had an instant connection when we met. Her smile & positive outlook to life were an inspiration to me.

We had so many Satsangs, sse meetings, Bhajans at their house accompanied by her sweet Rosgulllas. She was as sweet, and exemplified Swami’s teaching of “Service with a smile”. May Swami hold you & carry you to the next step in your journey.

Sending lots of Love & hugs to Giridhariji and family. Swami give you strength.

With love,
Aparna & Devkumar Das

Manhar Mistry

October 8, 2021

Sairam Umaji,
We will miss your loving beautiful smile and care you provided all of us during your stay in Dallas. You touched our hearts with lots of Love. Our prayers to the family during these challenging times.
Our loving Sairam.
Shushi and Manny

Shyam Kanagala

October 8, 2021

Sairam Dear Umaji,

We will miss your infectious smile, loving presence and acts of compassion and service. Our loss is heaven's gain.

We fondly recall the way you made us always feel comfortable at the satsangs and other gatherings, always loving to feed us!

Your gentle nature, soothing voice and pleasant disposition conveyed more than any words we share can ever describe.

In you we personally got to see the fullest expression of Swami's saying, "Make your life a rose that speaks silently in the language of fragrance."

Thank you for being in our midst and enriching our lives by your gracious presence.

Until next time.

With Love,
Sarojini and Shyam

Sumi & Alex White

October 7, 2021

Our hearts are heavy with this very sad news. Uma was the kindest, most loving, compassionate and comforting person.

Our Chapel Hill memories are infused with her warmth, laughter and guiding hand. Unforgettable times together during bhajans, potlucks, soup kitchen service, and knitting classes with Preeti! Uma blessed us all with her presence. May she find peace by joining with Swami now.

Sai Ram.

Rashmi Chandra

October 7, 2021

Uma was God's gift to me during the most stressful period of my life. We had an immediate connection, having both studied at La Martiniere and Isabella Thoburn College. Her office at Duke served as a haven for me. Uma was amongst the kindest, and most generous person I have ever had the privilege of knowing; her warm, loving, and infectious smile always lit up the room. Thank you for sharing rasgullas even when your hands hurt so much. Your light will keep on shining through our beautiful memories. Thank you for being the most amazing friend and mentor! You will always be missed. May you rest in eternal peace.

Latha Sivakumar

October 7, 2021

Uma was full fun and smiles. I have a photo of her at Holi celebrations in UNC with Savita.

Shobha Wagle

October 7, 2021

My Dear Big Sister Uma ,with heavy heart I say goodbye to you ,but know you will always be in my heart ,loving me and guiding me forever...Giridhari ,Sangeeta , Preeti and family ,my special hugs and prayers for you all..Sairam