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Norma Jane (Henderson) Stierling

April 28, 1928 ~ February 24, 2019 (age 90)

Norma was born on April 28, 1928 to Carl and Helen Henderson who already had 2 children, Mary Esther and Douglas. They lived on a farm in Cedar Springs, Michigan where they raised all the children as Jehovah’s Witnesses. She got baptized on Dec 17, 1941 when she was 13 years old. She graduated from high school and started pioneering full time volunteering to teach people about the bible. For several years she pioneered with her sister in different places in Michigan. Norma worked in downtown Grand Rapids in a department store in the alterations department. She enjoyed sewing and knitting throughout her life. Then she received an invitation to Gilead Bible School. She was assigned to Tocopilla, Chile where she served as a missionary for 3 years and met her future husband Juan Stierling, a Chilean witness who had also gone through Gilead. They got married on July 2, 1959 and had 3 children Janna (husband David, daughters Rachel and Tabitha and son DJ), Tanja (husband Oscar, son Alex daughter Elianys) and Kenan (wife Briana, daughter Amanda son Jon). She lived in many different places including Texas, Honduras, New Mexico, Kentucky. She always maintained a positive attitude and a hope for the future because she believed suffering and dying is not what God purposed for mankind. She strongly believed that we will see her again in perfect health on a paradise earth. Job 14:14,15 If a man dies, can he live again? I will wait all the days of my compulsory service Until my relief comes. You will call, and I will answer you. You will long for the work of your hands. Psalms 37:29 The righteous will possess the earth, And they will live forever on it.

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