Matthew "Matt" Thomas Denio

Born: Thu., May 27, 1982
Died: Sun., Feb. 12, 2017

Gathering & Viewing with Reception

12:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Sat., Feb. 25, 2017
Location: First Church of God Community Center

Time of Remembrance and Sharing

2:00 PM Sat., Feb. 25, 2017
Location: First Church of God Community Center

Closing Ceremony

4:00 PM Sat., Feb. 25, 2017
Location: First Church of God Community Center

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Matthew “Matt” Thomas Denio

Lived His Life Full Force -

Matthew “Matt” Thomas Denio, age 34, of Mechanicsburg, is no longer in pain, is no longer suffering, he was set free while at home on Sunday, February 12, 2017.  He was born on Thursday, May 27, 1982 in Natrona Heights, PA, to Thomas M. Denio and Denise Marie (Monteleone) Denio.  Matt is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Samuel and Ethel Monteleone, and his two uncles, Daniel Denio, and Karl Denio.

Matt’s survivors include his loving parents, Thomas M. and Denise M. (Monteleone) Denio of Mechanicsburg; his two brothers: Kristopher Denio and his wife, Meghan, and their children, Henry and Sarah all of North Carolina, Nicholas Denio of Mechanicsburg; his paternal grandparents, Lynn and Marion Denio of St. Marys; and two beloved family pets: Ganji, aka “Little Foot”, the dog, and Jameson, the cat.

Matt graduated from Cumberland Valley High School as part of the class of 2000 and from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005 with a degree in philosophy and political science.  He was a giving person whose generosity knew no end.  As part of his giving and caring nature, Matt was ordained to perform a marriage for friends and then continued for perform for others.  Fearless, authentic, humorous, and faithful to a fault are how Matt’s family and friends will always remember him.  He lived his life full force and with a great deal of passion, always dreaming large.  Matt lived the way many would want but only dream about.  He was a free spirit who enjoyed medicinal herbs and longed to grow the perfect plant.  Camping, hiking, fishing - Matt loved everything about the outdoors.

All are welcome to join Matt’s family at his Celebration Gathering and Reception on Saturday, February 25, 2017, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. with a Time of Remembrance and Sharing of Stories to begin at 2:00 p.m. and a Committal Ceremony to take place at 4:00 p.m. all at The Community Center, 201 East Green Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055; with Gretchen Sortzi officiating.  Cremation and interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.

In celebration of Matt’s life and to honor his generous and loving spirit, the family suggests that in lieu of flowers those wishing to express sympathy take an opportunity to extend an unexpected kindness to another.

Matt’s family has entrusted his care to Myers – Buhrig Funeral Home and Crematory in Mechanicsburg, (717) 766-3421.  Read Matt’s full obituary, view his memorial video and portrait, and sign his official guest book at

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kathy stone
   Posted Thu February 16, 2017
Denise, Tom, Kris and Nick,
I am so incredibly sorry and sad to hear about Matt's passing. I can only imagine your pain and grief at losing a child, especially one so giving and kind. I have been thinking of and praying for you since I heard.
Kathy Stone
Levittown, PA

David Steward
   Posted Thu February 16, 2017
I love and miss you so much my brother. We will see each other on the other side and I can't wait for the adventures we will find. Forever your brother.

Ginger Grappone
   Posted Fri February 17, 2017
Tom, Denise, Kris and Nick, I'm so very sorry for your loss! I can't imagine anything that would be worse than losing a child! My heart goes out to all of you. Matt was always such a nice kid. You're in my thoughts and prayers. Tommy, give Denise a big hug for me please!

Maureen Maxwell
   Posted Fri February 17, 2017
Matt was a dear friend and neighbor and I will miss our conversations, smiles, sharing of meals, trades and overall caring for each other. He is at peace now as his soul waits to return to help once again to save the world. My best to his family as I can not be at the services on the 25th as I will be volunteering at a "Day of Pampering" however since it is at a church in Mechanicsburg I may be able to catch the last few minutes of his rememberance service. I will be planting a special rose this year in our 3rd street garden as a remeberance for this kind, loving, compassionate soul. ❤️

Mary Carbonara
   Posted Sat February 18, 2017
Dear Tom and Denise, I am so sorry to hear of your son's passing and of the pain you must be feeling. Please know you and your family will be in my prayers.

Corinne (Rebinski) Sheridan
   Posted Mon February 20, 2017
Tom, Denise, and Family,

I was shocked and so saddened to hear of Matt's passing. He was such a sweet and pleasant young man, always there to lend a helping hand whenever he could. He came to our rescue a bunch of times when we were neighbors on Bennington. I am so very sorry for your loss. He will be missed dearly.

Corinne and family

Mike and Lynn Herzing
   Posted Mon February 20, 2017
Tom and Denise. We were greatly saddened to hear of the passing of your son Matt. We have not seen each other for awhile but still hurt at the thought of losing a son or daughter. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

Mike and Kathy Buchheit Lecker from St. Marys
   Posted Tue February 21, 2017
So sorry to hear of your Son s passing We will be praying for all of you.

Gretchen (Valentine) Wicks from St. Marys
   Posted Wed February 22, 2017
So sorry to hear about your son. Wanted to express my deepest sympathy. And wanted you to know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Margaret Sudol
   Posted Sat February 25, 2017
I'm so very sorry for your loss and the pain you have to go through!
I was greatly saddened to hear of the passing of your son Matt and wanted to express my deepest sympathy. Our family was very much moved by Matt's kindness, love and compassionate heart in the time of our own tragedy over 2 and half years ago and the great support he gave to my son Luke. I will never forget the priceless gift he made for us at the time and always having comforting conversations. I will greatly miss Matt and his very warm smile. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Margaret Sudol

Beverly Wenger
   Posted Wed March 08, 2017
I learned of Matt's death upon returning from a vacation. I remember Matt as a student at C.V. and can say only uplifting comments about him. Denise, I was one of your Curves members and remember your loving comments of your entire family and visiting Matt in another state.
Blessings to the entire family as you grieve.

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