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.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com.