Rev. Donald R. Steinle
1939 - 2017
{ "" }
Share
Share Donald's life story with friends and family
Send an Email
Or Copy this URL to Share


The Reverend Donald R. Steinle, 77, of Hartford, beloved husband of Sharon C. Steinle, passed away on June 13, 2017, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Russell, Kansas, on June 27, 1939, son of the late John David Steinle and Lula Preston Steinle. He received a BS degree in Speech from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois, and earned a BD degree in 1965 from Yale University. The next year he earned a Master's Degree in Divinity from the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, where, from 1966-1970, he served as the H. Richard Niebuhr Instructor in Practical Theology. Rev. Steinle became an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ in 1970 and served as the Senior Pastor of First Congregational Church in Passaic, New Jersey from 1970-1981. He returned to Connecticut in 1981 to become Executive Director of the Christian Activities Council in Hartford. In 2009 he joined Faith Congregational Church in Hartford, where he served as a Trustee and volunteered on the Pastoral Committee. In 2014, after his retirement from the CAC, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from Hartford Seminary for his outstanding contributions to the Greater Hartford community.

Rev. Steinle leaves his wife Sharon and children Stacey Strand of East Norwalk and Marcus J. Steinle of Middletown; a godson, Allyn Eugene Burke of East Hartford and his children Alyana, Davyan, and Olyvia; a special nephew and surrogate son, Derrick Gibbs of Stamford; a brother, Jack Steinle, and his wife Mary of Bella Vista, AR; two grandchildren, Suzanne Goodnow and Daniel Goodnow; and six nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind countless colleagues, brethren clergy, church members, students, and dear friends. In addition to his parents, Rev. Steinle was predeceased by his brother Tom Steinle.

A celebration of Rev. Steinle's life will take place on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at Faith Congregational Church, 2030 Main St., Hartford, with visitation from 5-6 p.m. followed by special music and words of remembrance from 6-7 p.m. His funeral will take place on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at the church, with a viewing from 10-11 a.m. followed by a service at 11 a.m. A reception will immediately follow the service in the church hall. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Christian Activities Council, 47 Vine St., Hartford, CT 06112. Services have been entrusted to Carmon Funeral Home of Windsor. For directions and to sign his online guestbook, please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com.






To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in Hartford Courant on Jun. 18, 2017.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
JUN
20
Visitation
05:00 - 06:00 PM
JUN
20
Memorial service
06:00 - 07:00 PM
JUN
21
Visitation
church hall
JUN
21
Viewing
10:00 - 11:00 AM
JUN
21
Funeral services provided by
Order by phone: (866) 764-7853
Memories & Condolences
Guest Book sponsored by the family
Not sure what to say?
View Printed Guest Book
31 entries
August 28, 2017
I'm sorry, but I have just learned of Don's passing. My most sincere condolences to his family. Don and I lived about one-half block apart during our school years in Russell, KS. His birthday was the same as mine. I had my party in the afternoon, and Don had his in the evening. Most years a bad storm would hit about the time his party was over. Some years, all the kids at the party would have to wait out the storm at the Steinle's home. I sincerely appreciated our friendship over the years. I could tell many Donald stories. He was definitely one of the Good Guys! May he rest is peace.
Bill Morris
July 15, 2017
TO MS. FECIE AND FAMILY:
MY HEARTFELT SYMPATHIES AND CONDOLENCES ARE WITH YOU ALL AT THIS TIME. MR. STEINLE WAS A KIND MAN.
~TRACI LYNN AND CHILDREN
TRACI LYNN PATTERSON
June 22, 2017
Sharon, my condolences to you and your famy. May God, our heavenly father strengthen you in your time of loss and keep you in His care.
Rev. Dr. Bonita Arnold
June 21, 2017
My condolences
Robert Smith
June 21, 2017
Elis Acosta
June 21, 2017
Watch out he will flip you!!
Elis Acosta
June 21, 2017
Captain of the boat
Elis Acosta
June 21, 2017
He was a great man will be missed!
Elis Acosta
June 21, 2017
He was our captain..
My condolences to Sharon and family he will always be remembered by the good times we all had . May god rest his soul. THANKYOU for letting my family and I experience the cabin and the most wonderful times we had there with him he will always be remembered and in our hearts ♥
Elis Acosta
June 21, 2017
Sharon, though I didn't know your husband, I know you and my heart goes out to you at the loss of your husband and best friend of 34 years. My sincere condolences. Shalom Shalom. Beverly E. Barracks
Beverly E. Barracks
June 21, 2017
"The Lord Is Here!!!" Don is not dead. He is in our hearts forever! Don is dancing with the Lord now! So, let us dance for a great man who helped a lot of people! Pray for Sharon and the whole Steinle.
Larry Charles, Sr.
June 21, 2017
Sharon, I am so sorry to hear of Don's passing. Praying your strength and peace during this challenging time. Your church family loves you!
Joelle and Jeanne Murchison
June 21, 2017
Sharon and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved husband. May God be with you and give you peace in this difficult time. Willena Kimpson Price
Dr. Willena Kimpson Price
June 21, 2017
After the tears have dried and the goodbyes have been said, all we have to hold onto are the happy memories that we’ve shared with our loved ones who have passed. This is what keeps them alive in our hearts and in our minds, and they will continue to live on, through us. Praying for your comfort.
Paula Huntley
June 20, 2017
Don will long be remembered for his passion and dedication to achieving affordable housing, good education and justice for the underprivileged in our society. We feel privileged and blessed to have been associated with him. We send our prayers and condolences to Sharon and their family.
James and Rita Bagnall
June 20, 2017
Sharon, our prayers are with you and your family with the passing of Don. I pray that God continues show an abundance of favor in your life. Blessings, Lynn (Sudie)
Lynn S. Moore
June 20, 2017
My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God give you the comfort and peace that you seek and may the soul of your loved one rest in peace
Nita Womack-Henderson
June 20, 2017
Sharon & Family, My prayers are with you in this difficult time. May the Spirit of the living God bring you peace!
Linda Dally
June 20, 2017
To Sharon and the family, May the presence of our Heavenly Father be with you and comfort during this time of bereavement. God does not forsake us or leave us while we are grieving for our loved one. Know that my prayers are with you. Sorrowfully submitted,Bryan R. Hall
Bryan R. Hall
June 20, 2017
May the loving memory of your husband bring you Peace.
Diana Wimbish
June 20, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. May he Rest In Peace. God will wrap his loving arms around each of during this time of need. Remember we are praying for you all in NC. Love you, Sharon Crump Alston
Sharon Crump Alston
June 20, 2017
To my dear cousin I am so sorry to hear of Don passing My God be with you and your family Love You Lena Mae Johnson and Family
Lena Johnson
June 19, 2017
Sharon,

Please know that you have my deepest sympathy on the loss of Don. I know that there is little I can say to console you but know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
The Bible reminds us that "Blessed are those that mourn for they shall be comforted". I know that God will give you strength to see you through this sad and difficult time.

Your Friend For Life,
Phyllis Anderson
Windsor, CT
June 19, 2017
Dear Sharon, So sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved husband. I hope that sweet memories of his life will bring you comfort and peace in the days ahead. My thoughts are with you.
Marguerite Alpert - United Way
June 19, 2017
To the Steinle Family:<br />Dan's work is done down here below, but the light of his life continues to glow. The indelible Impressions he left in our souls, are reflections of a life lived, Godly and bold. We weep because of our loss and pain. Yet Don's sweet memories in our hearts remain. The Comforter is with us as we lay to rest, our beloved gift who gave us his best. So when your eyes see your ears hear or your spirit sighs, it's your heart reminding you of Don's spirit nearby.
Yvonne Brown
Friend
June 19, 2017
To Sharon, Marcus & Stacey,

Words cannot explain how much Don will be missed by myself and my boys. He was a wonderful mentor for us. Taught my boys all sorts of water sports. May God continue to bless you all in this time of sorrow.
Michelle Roberts
June 19, 2017
Beloved Family,

"In God's Care"....

Lovingly,

Riley, Cerise and Family....
June 18, 2017

I cannot imagine Friends Lake and our south bay without Don....incredible neighbor and friend...
Ingrid Lehrmann
June 19, 2017
Sorry to hear of the passing of Don. My prayers are with you and the family.
Sophronia Crump - Murrelle (TEET)
June 18, 2017
Sharon and Marcus, I am so sorry to hear of Don's passing. He was such a mentor for me at CAC. Don lived a great life and supported so many, introducing and connecting people from different walks of life, aligning them together for a single mission. He truly was an expert at that. You guys were the light of his life. I'm so grateful for his mentorship and friendship. I am a better person because God bought me to CAC into the most capable professional hands of Don Steinle. He will be missed but know that his legacy will live forever. May God comfort and bless you during this difficult time. Love, Tori
Tori Hamilton
June 18, 2017
I will always remember working with Don as a volunteer at the Christian Activities Council and his support of the LEVAS (Lift Every Voice and Sing) Community Organization. Hartford will always be able to look North, South, East and West of the City of Hartford and see the dedicated work of Rev. Donald Steinle and his family who very often worked by his side.

The Board of Directors and the entire volunteer staff will always remember Don's love and support for LEVAS.

Sincerely,

The LEVAS Organization
Carolyn Brooks-Burton, President
Rev. Ranford Lilly, Vice President & Treasurer
Carolyn Burton
Coworker
Invite others to add memories
Share to let others add their own memories and condolences