Matthew T. Ovensen

Matthew T. Ovensen, age 40, of Lancaster County, PA, passed away on Friday, February 20, 2015. Born and raised in Ephrata, he was the son of Tina and Albert Ovensen. He was predeceased by the love of his life, Nicole ‘Sunshine’ Stauffer; Maternal grandparents, Lloyd and Nancy Kissinger; as well as paternal grandmother, Betty Ovensen; and, Robert Kissinger (Uncle).  Matthew graduated Ephrata high school. He also attended Penn State and Millersville University. He was baptized and grew up within the Lutheran church.  Matthew had loved soccer, fishing, hiking, snow skiing, water skiing, and just spending time outside. He is survived by his parents, Al and Tina Ovensen; A daughter, Destiny Stauffer Ovensen; A sister Ashley, spouse of Ryan White; as well as his aunts and uncle Dean and Juanita Kissinger, Vickie Kissinger, and his cousins, Melanie, Amy, and Angie and their children. Friends and relatives are respectfully invited to attend a Memorial Service at Bergstrasse Lutheran Church, 9 Hahnstown Road, Ephrata, PA, 17522 on March 14th at 2pm with Pastor Lohr.  In lieu of flowers contributions in Matthews name may be sent to: Shriners Hospitals for Children, 3551 North Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19140.  To leave an online condolence for the family please visit:

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  • Dear Tina,
    My sincere and deepest sympathies to you and your family at this very difficult time. I have no words that can ease your pain but I am praying that you’ll find peace in God’s promises and comfort knowing that many caring hearts are holding you close.

  • We are truly sorry to hear of Matt’s death. No matter what the circumstances and what has gone before, Matt was still your son. We know that your heart is hurting and pray that God’s grace and mercy will be present with you at this time. God Bless, Selma & Dan

  • Dear Tina and Al and Destiny and Ashley and Ryan..
    I was broken hearted to hear of Matts passing. Matt will always hold a special place in my heart as the energetic carefree spirited child that I knew from across the street. We shared a lot of laughter.. and some tears as Matt was growing up.. from the age of six thru sixteen. He was one of kind and will be missed always. I will continue to lift you all up in prayer, now and always. Love you Tina..

  • Tina, Destiny & Ashley (and Al):
    What can be said that will take the pain away, that will ease the heart and mind, that will cover such an almost unspeakable loss? Very little. Only please know you’re in our thoughts, and we will kindly remember the Matt we encountered who helped us out here on the hillside.
    So much has passed under the bridge since then, and we hope that as time goes along the pain of loss and “what might have been” will heal as life goes forward. May Destiny continue to grow into the fine young woman she is becoming, and may her life bring confirmation that alone would be enough to justify the life and times of your son.
    Peace be with you all during this time of bereavement and beyond.
    Phil & Sue B.

  • Dear Tina and Al,
    I’m so very very sorry to hear of the loss of Matt. I can’t even imagine how difficult it must be. I will be keeping you and your family in prayer for some time. May God provide for you the comfort and peace that will eventually come.
    Lift up our eyes Father, that we might see our world as You see it. Help us to respond as You respond to the hurts around us.
    I think of you often with fondness!

  • Al and Tina, Ken and I were so very sad to read of the passing of your son. We can only imagine how you must feel. May God be near to you and may His care and concern and the prayers of those around you carry you through these dark days and weeks.

  • We are so sorry to hear from Dad that Matt has died. We love each of you and will pray that God’s grace will be so evident to you in the next days, weeks, and months.

  • Sending my prayers and deepest sympathies to your family in this difficult time.

  • I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your son. Thinking of you Al and your family during this most difficult time.

  • Please accept my heartfelt condolences. I am praying for God’s comfort and a peace that surpasses all understanding during your time of sorrow.

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