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Stephen A. Ohrenberger

June 7th, 2021

Stephen A. Ohrenberger, “Steve,” aged 70, passed away suddenly on June 1, 2021.

Steve was born on May 5, 1951 in Providence, RI. He was raised and educated in Whitman, MA and was a graduate of Whitman-Hanson High School Class of 1969.

Steve met his best friend and love of his life Nancy E. Turner at Whitman-Hanson High School. They married on August 18, 1974 and moved to Bridgewater where they raised a beautiful family and shared many great times together. They sold their house in Bridgewater after 35 years and spent the last 8 years enjoying their wonderful life at White Cliffs Country Club in Plymouth, MA where they made lasting friendships.

Steve graduated with a Masters in English from Bridgewater State College. He spent 10 years as an English high school teacher at Dighton-Rehoboth High School. He then had a successful career at Bridgewater Savings Bank culminating as VP, Chief Information Officer. Most recently, he enjoyed having a Mr. Fix-It business and took pride in many of his renovation projects. Steve was a hard worker and could fix and create anything.

Steve was the beloved husband of Nancy E. (Turner) Ohrenberger; devoted father of Jason S. Ohrenberger & his wife Lisa of Wake Forest, NC, Megan E. Kirkum & her husband Michael of Plymouth, MA, and Elise A. Bishop & her husband Darren of Tolland, CT. He was the loving “Grampa” of Clara, Ava, Mason, David, Nora, Ryan, Heidi, Julia, Lila and Alice. Dear son of the late Arthur and Jane (Boyle) Ohrenberger, brother of Sally Kennedy & her partner Geoff of Melbourne, Australia, Mark Ohrenberger & his wife Anne of Yarmouth, MA, Michael Ohrenberger & his wife Karen of Middleboro, MA, Catherine Spillane of Carver, MA, John Ohrenberger & his wife Ashley of Rochester, MA, and Tim Ohrenberger & his wife Teri of Layton, UT. Steve is survived by his two brothers-in-law Bruce Turner and Carl Turner and their families. He has many nieces and nephews who will miss him dearly.

Steve was a devoted husband of 47 years to Nancy, a loving father, and a grateful and happy grandfather. He was a selfless man who loved his family more than anything. He loved to travel with his wife, his brother Tim and sister-in-law Teri, his sister Sally and her partner Geoff, and life-long best friends Steve and Ann Hurd. Together they discovered so much of the world and had so many laughs. He loved the group of friends he and Nancy had formed in their White Cliffs Community. They traveled together as well, making even more memories to treasure.

He loved playing golf and even just watching from his back patio at the 15th hole. Steve loved music, playing guitar, reading, and learning about anything. He was a sponge for knowledge and loved sharing it with anyone who would listen. He was a man proud of a plethora of useful and useless information. He was a master craftsman, creating beauty in projects big and small. He was larger than life and inspired respect and love to all fortunate to know him.

Steve had a powerful work ethic, and he taught it to his children through his quiet, perseverant action rather than words. He set a wonderful example of steadfast love as a husband and father for his children to follow, and he deeply honored and respected his three children’s families and homes. He never failed to support his wife and children as they pursued their dreams and plans. He showed up in their lives and never quit on them. He was a real man.

His favorite saying was “no matter where you go, there you are.” We know he will always be with us.

Funeral Services for Stephen will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Steve’s memory may be made to The Friends of Aine Foundation, a foundation created by his niece Christine Phillips and her family in memory of their beautiful daughter Aine. It is a foundation that was near and dear to Steve’s heart. www.friendsofaine.com or 146 Lowell Street Manchester, NH 03104.

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43 Entries in Guest Book for “Stephen A. Ohrenberger”

  1. Kim Cooke says:

    Elise and family, My heart is with you . I’m so sorry for your loss.

  2. Julie Harding Davis says:

    Stephen was a fun classmate and generous person. Stephen got his father to paint a picture of our Vermont summer home for my parents, for their 25th anniversary party. It still hangs in my living room to this day.
    My deepest condolences to his lovely wife and family . He will be sorely missed. Prayers are sent with loving thoughts.

  3. Marie Fahey says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you …so sorry for your loss …hugs to you Nancy …

  4. Gail Vasapollo says:

    Nancy I am so sorry to hear this sad news! Steve was a wonderful person & his loss will be felt! My sincere condolences to you & your family!
    Love always,
    Gail

  5. John Kelly says:

    I always enjoyed Steve’s company and admired the loving family he and Nancy created.
    My prayers go out to the Ohrennerger family.

  6. Marci Miranda says:

    Sending all of my love and prayers. He was always such a warm, bright light and I could feel just how much he loved his kids. I enjoyed seeing the fun times on Facebook with the grandkids and know he made just as large an impact on their lives too. Life is so fragile and the good ones are always taken too soon. Hugs to everyone.

  7. Julie and Ken Ketler says:

    Our deepest condolences to you, Nancy and your children and extended family. Steve was a wonderful man and I have such great memories of him at the bank. He was like a big brother to us. God rest his sweet and loving soul. He made this world a better place just by being him. He will always be with you and your children.

  8. Evelyn DeLutis says:

    Dear Nancy, Jason, Elise, Megan and your families, My heart goes out to you all in your loss of Steve. Please know that I send prayers for your comfort. I will always remember his warmth, kindness and smile. You will never be without his spirit. It lives in each and every one of you. Just call his name when you need his help or advice. Sending my love, Evie

  9. Judy and Bobby Gentilejudy says:

    Dear Nancy and family, we are saddened to hear the news of Steve’s passing. He was such a nice man , and had the biggest smile. We are thinking of you all with love and prayers.

  10. ShawnSpillane says:

    It’s hard to believe he’s gone.his obituary says it all proud to have called him my brother in law. Rest in peace steve.

  11. Candy Raymond says:

    Nancy, Jason, Megan & Elise,
    It is with great pain that I express my deepest sympathy for the loss of Steven. He was a fun gentle person that enjoyed everything in his life. His loss will leave a significant void in many lives. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Rest In eternal peace Steve.

    Candy

  12. Amy Yunits (Holmes) says:

    Nancy, Jason,Megan, and Elise,

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. When I think of Steve I don’t see sadness but a great smile and lots of love and laughter.

    You were blessed to have such a wonderful Husband , Dad ,and Grandad.

  13. Brenda Thomas Mason says:

    To Nancy, children and your families:
    I was so saddened to hear of Steve’s passing. He was such a likable person with a great smile and a wonderful attitude toward life. I hope all the wonderful memories help you through this difficult time. He will always be in our hearts.

  14. Diane Roza says:

    Nancy, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss. His positivity and energy left this word a better place.

  15. Pat Bodine says:

    Nancy,Jason,Megan, and Elise

    My prayers and love are sent to you at this sad time. You were blessed to have a wonderful person in your life

  16. Lea G. Snow says:

    So sorry to hear this. I met Steve in kindergarten and we went through school together. He was always happy and smiling. I enjoyed seeing Steve and Nancy at WHRHS reunions. So sad for your family.

  17. Mariliz Guerra says:

    I am so sorry for your loss
    May he rest in Peace
    Sending prayers

  18. Brandy Larrick says:

    We are so sorry for the loss of such a terrific person. I’ll never forget the trip we took to Cape Cod where he welcomed me into the family as one of his own kids. My heart breaks for your loss. Sending love and prayers to the entire family. Love: Brandy and Ben Larrick

  19. Beth (Bernardo) Stafford says:

    Nancy and family, So sorry to hear about Steve. Such a good guy. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  20. Judy and John Bishop says:

    Nancy and family we are so sorry to hear about Steve. It is such a terrible loss. May he rest in peace and we’ll be praying for you and your family. Love Judy and John

  21. Mary Lou Ivey says:

    Nancy and family – I was so sorry to hear about Steve. He was such a great guy and always smiling and happy with life. He will surely be missed at White Cliffs. My thoughts & prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    With Deepest Sympathy, Mary Lou

  22. Pat McCorry & Ron Herzberg says:

    Nancy,

    We send sincere condolences to you and your family. Steve was such a “gentle”man. You could always count on him for a solution to many fix-it projects. We will miss him as a big part of the White Clifffs family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you deal with this loss.

  23. Cheryl Notartomaso says:

    Nancy and family,

    My deepest condolences to you and yours. It wont be the same without seeing Mr. O around the Club. But you have a very supportive group of friends and staff here that are thinking of you at this difficult time. May Steve rest in peace and you find peace in the love that surrounds you.

  24. Michele & Warren Dahlin says:

    Nancy, Jason, Megan, Elise, and family, Emilia’s phone call last night delivered the shocking news! What sadness to learn of Steve’s passing – life taken too soon – but his bright light will always illuminate our way and warm our hearts. As grieving begins, all the Dahlin’s will be holding you in our hearts. May you pass through the healing journey with ease. Sending hugs and LOTS of love!
    Michele & Warren (Ingrid & Emilia) xxxxoooo

  25. Rick Nawazelski says:

    Had great times with Steve throughout our high school years. He always fit in any group he was in. We worked at Saftler’s together, played hockey down stairs in the foam room. Helped Steve work on his 1st car, a dodge dart. My favorite memory of Steve; I had been driving for a while, but he taught me how to drive in the snow except after the skid we were over the sidewalk and on someone’s front yard on Temple Street. He looked at me sheepishly and said “wow, I guess I have a lot to learn”. My thoughts and prayers to the family, he will be missed by all that knew him.

  26. Donna Snow Boyajian says:

    To Steve’s family. My deepest condolences on your loss. I did not meet Steve until our freshman year but he is not easily forgotten. In such a short time, I felt as if I had always known him. He was a wonderfully gentle soul. Quiet yet strong. He may be gone physically but he has left you all with a legacy that will live on with you forever.

  27. Barbara Harlow Troxell says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. It always hurts to hear that we have lost another member of our WHRHS family. Rest in peace, Steve. Prayers for his family.

  28. Jane (Corthell) Kilfoyle says:

    Oh no ! So very sorry to hear of Steven’s passing. Growing up in the same neighborhood, I remember him being such a Beach Boys fan. To this day, when I hear one of their songs, I always think of him. I also remember him being the King in the CYO version of The king and I, and working on those little model cars. Such good memories ! My deepest sympathies to his entire family.

  29. The Azar Family says:

    Nancy, Jason, Megan and Elise Words cannot express how sadden Fred and I for All of you. We are adding another small voice to a Large Chorus of those who are fortunate enough to have had there lives touched by such a Kind and Loving Man. His Happy, Caring nature, great sense and his willingness to always share himself with others, were a Gift freely given and received with much gratitude. Thanks to you All for sharing such a Treasure with so Many. We will Never forget the way Steve touched our lives both personally and professionally. RIP Steve ?? Sending Love, Light, Strength, Prayers and Hugs to Ohrenberger Family. Love to All.

  30. Don and Kim Kudym says:

    There are so many great people here at White Cliffs, but Steve stood out as someone seemingly unfazed by anything, who always offered a smile and a kind word, and whose laugh was genuine and infectious. We’ll truly miss you buddy!

  31. Diane Green says:

    Kathy and I are deeply saddened by the news of Steve’s passing and heartbroken for him, Nancy, and the entire family. Steve was a truly genuine person and it was always good to have a conversation or a laugh with him. In asking for his help with our computer or a project, he would often come back with other thoughts, ideas, and solutions and you knew that helping you out or solving your problem was important to him. And Steve was important to all of us and we will miss him terribly. Sending love and strength to our good friend, Nancy.
    Dee and Kathy

  32. Lisa Tobin Amadei says:

    I was so saddened to hear of Steve’s passing. He was a special person in our group growing up. My prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

  33. Mark Ingalls says:

    I had the pleasure of working with Steve at Bridgewater Savings (now Bluestone Bank) and can attest to Steve’s work ethic and his extraordinary family, including all 3 children, who like their dad served with distinction at Bridgewater Savings. I know he was quite proud of them (and Nancy!) them as were they of their dad.

    My prayers go out to Nancy, Jason, Meghan and Elise and their families as they mourn and celebrate Steve’s wonderful life. He was well liked by so many and just a lot of fun to hang out and around with.

    The obit reference to Steve’s enjoyment of golf jolted my memory of one of the strangest golf shots I’ve ever witnessed. We were playing in the Bank’s twilight league (Scotland Links) and Steve had a chip shot just off the green that he accidently crushed. Rather than ending up way away from the hole which would happen 99.99% of the time this struck ball hit the flag on the pin with such force that it wrapped both ball and flag tightly around the pin, and then ever so slowly reversed ending with the ball falling directly in the cup. I chuckle again just remembering this. Maybe just another example of Steve manufacturing his own good fortune.

  34. Sarah Tucker (Gillis) says:

    I remember days spent at the Ohrenberger’s and how kind and welcoming Mr. Ohrenberger was. My heart goes out to all of you— Mrs. Ohrenberger, Jason, Megan, Elise…..It hurts me to think about how much you are hurting. You are such an amazing family. I’m so sorry.

  35. Kevin and Sue O’Brien says:

    Dear Nancy and family,
    Our hearts are broken to hear of Steve’s passing. Please know that you all will be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Kevin and Sue O’Brien

  36. Catherine and Paul Wilde says:

    Jason and Lisa,
    The tribute to your father(-in-law) shows how much you all loved him.  He was an admirable man and full of good virtues, from which you took inspiration.  His life and legacy are preserved through you and your families.  He will be missed.  But rest in the knowledge that he is cared for by our Heavenly Father, and will be reunited with all loved ones.  Peace be with you.

  37. Donna Rhoades says:

    I’m saddened to learn of Stephen’s death . We went to kindergarten together and thru many same classes ,sitting next to each other. His personality made him very likeable to many. For a short time we thought we were lucky to have our part-time jobs at a Friendlys ice cream!
    My compassionate thoughts are expressed to Nancy and his large beautiful family at this time of loss and transition. In February Stephen got in touch with me to ask questions about a place I lived, and he wanted to visit soon. I will always have fond memories of Stephen..

  38. Susan Kirkell O’Reilly says:

    Remembering Steve fondly. I had such a crush on Steve in junior high school that I carved our initials in a tree at the Park Ave School. Sadly, he didn’t feel the same way about me. He had a crush on someone else. I loved Steve anyway as he proved to be such a great guy as we grew up. My condolences to his family. Many will be mourning, along with you, the loss of this wonderful man. God bless you and keep you through this difficult time. ??????????

  39. Linda Howland Hill says:

    I was so saddened to hear the sudden passing of Steve. I have many memories of he and his family involved in CYO of Whitman. My thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones. May he always be remembered and remain in your hearts. Another taken too soon.

  40. Ed and Joan Casabian says:

    Ed and I send our deepest sympathies to the Ohrenberg family. Meghan played field hockey for me at BR and was a special person and player.My husband Ed enjoyed seeing Steve at the bank regularly where they often exchanged conversations about their respective children. Truly a lovely, caring person! Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers as. you go through this most difficult time. May he RIP.

  41. Denise Martin says:

    Nancy, Jason, Megan and Elise, I am so very sorry for your loss. Steve was a great guy and i have many fond memories of the years we spent working together. I pray that time will ease your pain.

  42. Barbara and Bill Perkins says:

    Dear Nancy, Jason, Megan and Elise
    We are so saddened to hear the news of Steve’s passing. It has been years since you all lived in the neighborhood on East St, but each time I pass your house I think of you. Steve always took great pride in the yard and gardens. He was always such a talker and loved scaring the kids on Halloween. What a wonderful father Steve was… always so proud of all his children’s accomplishments. Please know that we are thinking of you and wishing you peace and comfort in the days, weeks and months ahead.

  43. Sue-Ellen Hewitt says:

    Nancy and your family I am so saddened to hear of Stephen’s transition to the next life. I went all through school with him and he was such a joy to know.
    May he rest in sweet peace until you all meet again.

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