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“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. ”
1 of 29 | Posted by: Rev. Dr. Bonita Arnold

“My condolences ”
2 of 29 | Posted by: Robert Smith - Hartford, CT


3 of 29 | Posted by: Elis Acosta - Windsor, CT

Watch out he will flip you!!
4 of 29 | Posted by: Elis Acosta

Captain of the boat
5 of 29 | Posted by: Elis Acosta

He was a great man will be missed!
6 of 29 | Posted by: Elis Acosta

“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...Read More »
7 of 29 | Posted by: Beverly E. Barracks

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...Read More »
8 of 29 | Posted by: Elis Acosta - Windsor, CT

“"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...Read More »
9 of 29 | Posted by: Larry Charles, Sr.

“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! ”
10 of 29 | Posted by: Joelle and Jeanne Murchison

“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...Read More »
11 of 29 | Posted by: Dr. Willena Kimpson Price

“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...Read More »
12 of 29 | Posted by: Paula Huntley

“Don will long be remembered for his passion and dedication to achieving affordable housing, good education and justice for the underprivileged in our...Read More »
13 of 29 | Posted by: James and Rita Bagnall

“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. ...Read More »
14 of 29 | Posted by: Lynn S. Moore

“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...Read More »
15 of 29 | Posted by: Nita Womack-Henderson

“Sharon & Family, My prayers are with you in this difficult time. May the Spirit of the living God bring you peace! ”
16 of 29 | Posted by: Linda Dally

“May the loving memory of your husband bring you Peace. ”
17 of 29 | Posted by: Diana Wimbish

“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...Read More »
18 of 29 | Posted by: Sharon Crump Alston

“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 ”
19 of 29 | Posted by: Lena Johnson

“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...Read More »
20 of 29 | Posted by: Bryan R. Hall - East Hartford, CT

“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...Read More »
21 of 29 | Posted by: Marguerite Alpert - United Way

“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...Read More »
22 of 29 | Posted by: A friend

“To the Steinle Family:<br />Dan's work is done down here below, but the light of his life continues to glow. The indelible...Read More »
23 of 29 | Posted by: Yvonne Brown - Windsor, CT

“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...Read More »
24 of 29 | Posted by: Michelle Roberts - Bloomfield, CT

“Beloved Family,"In God's Care"....Lovingly,Riley, Cerise and Family.... ”
25 of 29 | Posted by: - Hartford

“Sorry to hear of the passing of Don. My prayers are with you and the family. ”
26 of 29 | Posted by: Sophronia Crump - Murrelle (TEET)

“I cannot imagine Friends Lake and our south bay without Don....incredible neighbor and friend... ”
27 of 29 | Posted by: Ingrid Lehrmann

“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,...Read More »
28 of 29 | Posted by: Tori Hamilton - Hartford, CT

“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)...Read More »
29 of 29 | Posted by: Carolyn Burton - Hartford, CT


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. Growing up in Kansas, Don was a studious young man and talented athlete who excelled at tennis playing for the Russell High School Broncos. He graduated as his high school class Salutatorian in 1957 and was then accepted to Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois where he received his BS degree in Speech in 1962. He earned a Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1965 from Yale University, followed by a Master's degree in Divinity in 1966 from the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale where, from 1966-1970, he served as the H. Richard Niebuhr Instructor in Practical Theology. Don became an ordained minister in the UCC in 1970. He accepted his first lead pastoral role as the Senior Pastor of First Congregational Church in Passaic, New Jersey in 1970 and faithfully served for 11 years. He returned to Connecticut in 1981 after accepting the position of Executive Director of the Christian Activities Council, a faith-based organization focused on affordable housing and empowering the poor in Hartford. He recognized the need for Hartford residents to move out of public housing and into their own homes and understood the challenges they faced in trying to achieve this goal. He knew how the pride experienced by first time home ownership could empower residents to become invested, active citizens in their communities in new and rewarding ways. Under his leadership this small organization with one half-time employee and a small budget grew to a staff of 12 caring souls with substantial means. The increase in resources enabled Don and the CAC to develop and maintain new programs focused on the educational needs of youth in Hartford. His passion for literacy inspired him to create summer reading programs taught by local educators who challenged children to increase their reading to an age- appropriate level. In 2009 Rev. Steinle joined Faith Congregational Church in Hartford where he served as a Trustee and volunteered on the Pastoral Committee. His supportive presence in the Faith Congregational Church family was sincerely appreciated by members as well as clergy. In 2014 after his retirement from the CAC, Don was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from Hartford Seminary for his work with the CAC and outstanding contribution to the Greater Hartford community. Don Steinle was a devoted husband to Sharon and a loving and supportive father to Stacey and Marcus. He met Sharon in 1981 when he came to Hartford and the two were married in 1983. He was exceedingly proud of his daughter Stacey and her commitment to education as a former middle school teacher in Greenwich and his son Marcus who honorably served his country in the USN during two tours of duty in Afghanistan and North Africa. During his leisure time, Don enjoyed watching the St. Louis Cardinals and UConn Women's basketball. He loved grilling and fishing and sharing magical sunsets with family and friends at his summer vacation home in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. Don's memory is forever cherished by his wife of 34 years 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. Don was predeceased by his brother, Tom Steinle. His family will remember Don with a gathering to celebrate his life 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 be held on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at the church, with a viewing from 10-11 a.m. followed by a service beginning 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 made to the Christian Activities Council, 47 Vine St., Hartford, CT 06112.

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