Norman Rienerd Steenstra Jr.

Norman Rienerd Steenstra Jr.

Passed: January 16, 2024
Charleston, WV

Norman Rienerd Steenstra Jr.

Passed: January 16, 2024
Charleston, WV


Norman Rienerd Steenstra Jr., 72, of Charleston, West Virginia, passed away at home on January 16, 2024.

He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on March 9, 1951, to Norman R. Steenstra and Virginia M. Lilley Steenstra. Norm attended Calvin College and graduated from West Virginia State College.

He was employed as a social worker and was a coal miner before going to work for the West Virginia Citizen Action Group. There he was a passionate and tireless advocate for environmental legislation and social justice issues. He later brought that same passion and drive to the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority, where he served as Director. He was proud to call West Virginia his home and was fiercely dedicated to protecting its natural beauty and its people.

Norm was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Sherrill L. Lieuwen; his beloved son, Zachary R. Steenstra, and companion dog pal, Molly Clovis, Queen of France.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly Brooks Steenstra; previous spouse, Sharon Roon, mother of his children; son, Norman R. Steenstra III; daughter, Marta R. Steenstra Davis, and her husband, Michael S. Davis, and their children, Maxwell and Josephine.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, 2024, at Coonskin Park Lodge. To honor his memory, contributions may be made to the West Virginia Citizen Action Group.

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6 responses to Norman Rienerd Steenstra Jr.

  1. John Sharp says:

    Norm was a good friend from high school (Eastern Christian in New Jersey). We lost touch for many years but reconnected on Facebook. It was interesting to learn that his first career was in social work as was mine. So sorry to see him go but happy that he had such a good influence on social causes throughout his life.
    Heartfelt thoughts to his family and friends.

  2. Years ago, as legislative counsel, I admired Norm for his passion, integrity, fairness, intelligence, and spirit. I appreciated his Calvinistic work ethic, and he appreciated that I knew about Calvinism. He introduced me to Czechoslovakian beer. I am sorry for your loss and the loss to our community and state.

  3. Jake Nichols says:

    Very sorry to hear. I am praying for the family.

  4. Norm was one in a million! I adored his sense of humor, and appreciated his ability to get along with and be courteous to persons on both sides of an issue. I’ll miss our conversations about memories of growing up in Cleveland, e.g., Ghoulardi, Mr. Jing-a-ling, etc. I’m here for you Beverly.

  5. Rick Staton says:

    Norm was a fierce and intelligent advocate for his passions. He was great to work with. There is much legislation that Norm either authored or championed, for which he never received nor sought credit for those accomplishments.
    My sympathies to Beverly and the family, friends, and colleagues.

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