Obituaries

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.

Share/Save

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

  1. Don Ross and Nancy Faye Glass says:

    We are so sorry at Steve’s passing, Nancy. All of the tennis community at White Cliffs has you in their thoughts and prayers.

  2. Mila and Richard Susskind says:

    We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Our sympathies to you and your family.

  3. Tim Heckel & Chris St. Jean says:

    We were deeply saddened to learn of Steve’s untimely passing. Nancy, may your memories and the love and support of family and friends provide the comfort needed now and in the future. Keeping you in our thoughts.

  4. Frank and Annette Sherry says:

    Steve had tremendous energy and a big heart. His “can do” attitude and ready smile made the day much happier for so many of us at White Cliffs. We were blessed to have him and his loving wife, Nancy, in our community.

  5. JOHN REDMAN says:

    Steve was a great guy who will be sorely missed. I always looked forward to saying “hi” and seeing his genuine sincerity. My condolences to Nancy and her family on their loss.

  6. Antonia Cosgrove says:

    Nancy,
    I am very, very sorry for your loss. I shall always remember Steve’s warm smile and merry eyes, his effervescent energy and attitude. I hope your wonderful memories of life with Steve ease your sadness and provide comfort to you and your family. He was a truly wonderful man.

  7. Edward Sore says:

    Nancy, Sheri and i send you and your family our deepest condolences on your loss. I enjoyed speaking with him at the tennis courts and he always had a smile and and some good stories. I will pray for him.

  8. Pat McCorry & Ron Herzberg says:

    We were very fortunate to have known Steve. He was a gentle, kind & caring person who will be sorely missed. Our condolences go out to the family and you are in our prayers.

  9. Christopher P Ryan says:

    Nancy,, Deborah and I send our deepest condolences to you and your family for your loss. Steve was too young. He will be missed. You are in our prayers.

  10. Jane Crook and Bill Brisson says:

    Bill and I were so saddened to hear of Steve’s passing. Such an unexpected tragedy. Steve was such a warm and caring man, and an integral part of our White Cliffs community. He always was quick with a friendly wave or cheery hello. He will sorely be missed. I know your three wonderful children and beautiful grandchildren will be a source of strength. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  11. Susan Saltonstall says:

    Nancy,
    I am so sorry. What a shock and a loss. I think of you often and send my deepest condolences.

  12. Rose & Pete Schmidt says:

    Please accept our Deepest Sympathy. We knew him for a short time; he was a great man to know.

  13. TIM ,PAT & FAMILY says:

    NANCY & FAMILY,
    WE WERE ALL VERY SORRY WITH STEVES PASSING. STEVE WAS A KIND AND
    FRIENDLY NEIGHBOR TO ALL OUR FAMILY ALWAYS WITH A BIG SMILE AND A GREAT GREETING WHICH WE NOW MISS..
    STEVE AND YOUR FAMILY ARE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS DURING
    THIS DIFFICULT TIME.

  14. Mike Monaghan says:

    Steve and I carpooled to D-R years ago. He had a natural flair for teaching. He never failed to inspire his students to do more and be better. He was in constant motion and set a good example. He was well liked by the faculty. He was a modern day Renaissance man with all his varied interests. I always thought he was indestructible with all his energy,but God had other ideas. Sincere condolences Nancy, to and your family. Mike and Nancy Monaghan

RSS feed for comments on this post. And trackBack URL.

Leave a Guest Book Entry

Guest Book Entry

Guest Book entries should be appropriate for a public website and should NOT be written in all caps. If our spam filter blocks your Guest Book entry, please forward us your name and what you would like to say and we will make sure it gets posted. Please expect a delay in the posting of your Guest Book entry as it must be approved by staff for appropriateness. Thank you in advance for your patience.