In Memory

Steven Schwartz

Steven Schwartz

Steven Schwartz
MAY 1, 1947 – AUGUST 28, 2022
Obituary of Steven Schwartz

Steven Schwartz, age 75, of Concord, CA, peacefully passed away on August 28, 2022 at home under Hospice care. Steve suffered from a spinal cord injury after an accident that happened in January and he endured many complications over the past several months.

Steve was born on May 1, 1947 to Isidore (Joe) and Amelia (Mollye) in Cincinnati, Ohio. After Steve graduated from Woodward High School in 1965, he went on to get his Bachelor of Business Administration at the University of Cincinnati.

Steve had two sons, Brian and Eric, with his first wife, Debby Holly. His first job was with Coopers & Lybrand in Cincinnati. In 1976, he married Barb Zink and they relocated to Amarillo, Texas with Mead Containers where Steve was the Plant Controller. After two years in Texas, Steve took a job with Crown Zellerbach at the box plant in Carol Stream, Illinois where his daughter Erin was born. He then moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1981 and lived there for 41 years. He moved from the box business in 1985 to the Pacific Stock Exchange and then finished his career at Fair Trade USA. He retired in 2013.

Steve had a true love for softball and shared that love with his son Brian. The two of them played together for many years. Steve was always proud of the way that Brian played and loved sharing the field with him. When Steve turned 50, he joined a Senior Softball team and got to travel all over the country to play. He enjoyed playing for many different teams over the span of 20 years. In 2017 he was introduced to the game of pickleball when his longtime friend came to visit. He was determined to master the game and was fortunate to have 14 courts five minutes from home where he was able to play several times a week. In 2018 he and Barb started spending the winters in Mesa, Arizona. There he was able to play softball and pickleball. He and Barb thoroughly enjoyed the “good” life there with many great friends.

Steve was predeceased by his parents Joe and Mollye and two brothers, Barry and Harvey. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Barb, two sons, Brian and Eric, and his daughter Erin Stacey (Morgan). He was always bragging about the fact that he had six grandsons and was very proud of them – Mason, Isaac, Seth and Lucas Schwartz and Evan and Owen Stacey.

A private memorial will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests making a donation to Hospice East Bay, 3470 Buskirk Avenue, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523.

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09/19/22 02:30 PM #1    

Michael Nebolsky

It was a very sad day for me when I learned of Steven's unexpected passing, several weeks ago. Although, at first, it was somewhat expected and inevitible following his horriific accident that left him, almost completely parallized and confined to a Hospital  bed. And, I tried to prepare myself for it.

I spoke with Steven several times after  he was transported back to his home in California.

I wanted to check on his progress and specifically, and especially thank him for being such a special, long-time, good friend for over 60 years. During  our last conversation, which lasted a very long time ( Steven was in a talkative  mood), until he got tired, Steven appeared to be making incredible advances. He was eating well, able to sit up, get around in a wheelchair and go outside and get some fresh air.  His mind was sharp, and his attitude was positive, but realistic, at the same time. So, the unfortunate news caught me completely off guard.

I first met Steven through my friendship with his older Brother Harvey. We soon realized that we had a lot in common and a great chemistry together, even though he was a lot  more intelligent than I was and a much better athlete. But most importantly, he always laughed at my stupid jokes.

During our Summer vacations in Jr. High, we played sports every day, from early morning until Dinner time.

In High School, we pooled our meager resources so we could  afford gas to look together for a Summer job. Any job !

In College at UC, Steven, Mel Shuller, and I would try, whenever possible, to schedule our Classes early , in the morning, so we could finish around 4:00 PM and stop at Chili Time on the way Home.

There we would spend hours talking about School, or  sports but mostly about Girls, while enjoying the best cuisine in the World.

A short tiime after Graduating , Steven honored me by asking me to be an Usher in his Wedding.

A few times over the next years, whenever Steven came to Chicago, on Business, we always got together and reminised about " the Good Old Days".

Over the next years, we weren't able to keep in touch as much, due to our distances apart, but I always got updates, either from Steven himself, or from Gary Nicolay.

It was through Gary and Mark Abrams that I first  learned of Steven's passing. And, such a short period of time after I last spoke with him.

I can't  even imagine how the younger years of my life would have been without our close friendship.

I want to extend my deepest condolences and sympathies to his Family Members and many Friends.

Steven, Alav Ha-Shalom.


09/20/22 09:54 AM #2    

Micky (Marlene) Schwartz (Mayer)


I am so sad to learn of Steven's passing.  We are first cousins, since our dads were brothers and shared ownership of The Big Four Window Cleaning Company.  We grew up in the Golf Manor neighborhood and went to the same schools, but did not celebrate family events very often.  I remember Stevie as a quiet, tall boy who was the youngest of three brothers.  We ran in different circles in high school and I lost touch with in after my parents divorced my senior year. I send my sincere sympathy to his family and his school friends.

Micky Schwartz Mayer



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