Steven Schloss

Steven George Schloss, 51, of College Station, TX, died Friday, February 16, 2018, at Hospice Brazos Valley, Bryan, TX, after a 3.5 year battle with brain cancer. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1pm Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Callaway-Jones Funeral Center, 3001 S College Ave in Bryan, with Certified Life Celebrant Dawn Lee Wakefield officiating.

He was born on September 8, 1966 in Santiago, Chile, the second son of Kurt and Stina (Falk) Schloss. Before his family settled permanently in Silverthorne, CO, Steven lived in the Bahamas, Acapulco, and Mexico City. In 1984, he graduated as the valedictorian from Summit County High School and went on to earn an American Studies degree from Stanford University in 1988. Steven then moved to Washington, DC, where he worked at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History and met his future wife, Rebecca.

In 1994, Steven and Rebecca moved to Durham, NC, and they were married in 1996. The couple then relocated to Austin, TX, where Steven earned his MA in Architecture in 2000. After a brief return to Silverthorne, CO, they moved to College Station, TX in 2003. Over the next decade, Steven pursued his professional goals- becoming a registered architect and working for The Arkitex Studio and Hawkins Architecture- while always putting his personal life first- loving and playing with his daughters, Hazel (2005) and Ruby (2009), and making BBQ ribs for his extended family and friends in the house he designed and built for them.

Steven was a loving husband, father, son, brother, and uncle, and a treasured friend to many others. He is survived by his wife, Rebecca (Hartkopf); daughters, Hazel and Ruby; parents, Kurt and Stina (Falk); brother, Mark (Heather); brothers-in-law, Scott and Eric (Kate); aunts (Muriel, Mona, Vanja, and Sonia) and uncles (Bertil and Nils); cousins (Peter, Hadassah, Karen, Rick, Brian, Brent, Brock, Zara and Vanessa); nieces (Katie and Josie) and a nephew (Ethan); and the family dog, Mimi.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice Brazos Valley Inpatient Facility or the American Brain Tumor Association.


  1. I am so sorry for your loss. May our wonderful and kind heavenly father, Jehovah God, give you peace and hope. His word, the bible, contains many expressions of comfort and hope. I will list a few off them below:

    God offers his comfort in all our trials: 2 Corinthians 1:2-4
    There will be peace on earth and people will live forever on it: Psalm 37:10,11,29
    There will be a resurrection: John 5:28, 29 and John 11:23, 24
    There will be a new world where death, sorrow and pain are no more:
    Revelation 21:1-4

    I hope this helps some. You can call me or text me at 762-241-7322. Steve

  2. Our deepest condolences for your family. We are blessed to know Steven. Thank you for sharing your visits with us.
    Will keep you all in our prayers as you journey through the days ahead.
    Peace & love,
    Meagan & Eric Stoner

  3. From adorable 8 year old to amazing husband and father, Steven put the best of life forward. Talented, bright, and generous he was a joy for our family to know and love. We will miss him deeply. Rebecca, Hazel, Ruby, and family you should be so proud of him and wish you comfort in the days ahead. He is so proud of all of you too.

  4. So sorry for your loss Rebecca. I pray for courage and strength for you and your family.
    May the peace of the One who gives peace in the midst of tragedy fill your soul, mind and spirit.
    Alain and Sky Sukam

  5. Rebecca, I am terribly sorry for your loss. He was a good friend and colleague to me. I am so grateful I got to know him and the beautiful family you have. He will always have a special place in my heart. I will be praying for you and the girls to find comfort in his wonderful legacy and the good memories of an incredible life. With all our love,
    Maria Portela

  6. Becky,
    Just saw your mom’s post about the Madison brain tumor 5K. Googled to see if it was your husband and found his obituary online. So sorry for your loss. Sympathy and prayers from San Antonio.
    Sandy and Joe Schulz

  7. Steve was a brilliant guy. I always enjoyed our conversations. His insight and way with words were inspiring. I happened to run into him at the Architecture Convention in Austin last year and we had lunch. His eyes lit up as he talked about his family. I know the love he had for you will continue to be felt in the difficult days ahead. My prayers to you for God’s moment by moment peace and comfort, one day at a time. With much sympathy-Darren Heine

  8. Rebecca, you married a great man. I know that and it is evident in how awesome Hazel and Ruby are. Steve was a true and honest person, who still is part of my heart and mind. Fun-loving times and serious conversations both. What I have, as a memento of how thoughtfully he lived, is one of my most prized gifts — a photo from our freshman year intramural team. And his inscription, which captured the moment but, I’m sure, neither of us appreciated what true riches life would bring.

    “Forget the rest
    We’ll take the best
    and someday we’ll find
    these are the best of times.”

  9. I write with sadness for your loss. I was a friend of Steve’s at Stanford and recall many happy moments, made even better by Steve’s keen observations, brilliant humor, and kind smile. I hope that your own memories of him are a comfort as your family moves forward.

  10. I just learned of Steve’s passing from a fellow Stanford dorm mate. I am so sorry for your loss and pray for comfort and solace. Steve and I were freshman roommates. With both of us being from small towns we had lots to share. We fell out of touch as the years passed. I am grateful to see what a wonderful, beautiful family he had. May the Lord bring you peace as you mourn his loss.

    With sympathy,

    -Scott Chamness

  11. Hi, Rebecca. We’re so sorry to hear about Steven’s passing.

    We never met you in person, only over the phone. We knew Steven when he was finishing his degree at UT, and we all worked at a preservation architecture firm. That was back when the THC started the grant program to save the historic Texas courthouses. We were working together on soooo many courthouses! It was a lot of work, a lot of long hours, a lot of drafting, but Steven always kept his sense of humor, and I have such good memories of that time with him (and Lynn, Natalie, Beth, Chris, and Tere). Steven had a heart of gold – on full display when I dented your new car and he refused my insurance – he was just about the kindest person I’ve ever known.

    I’m sad his time was so short, but it warms our hearts to know his children are in the world. He still managed to leave it a better place. We wish you and your family godspeed, and wanted you to know your loss is felt far and wide.

    Tracy and Chris Hutson

  12. Steve was such a radiant person. We met in college and were both from Colorado so we shared a love of the mountains and we were both American Studies majors — he taught me so much as we crammed and wrote papers etc.
    I loved Steve because he was so LOVEABLE. His ever present smile in the Celebration of Life video says it all. He was a beautiful man and I am heartbroken for all he loved and had to leave too soon.
    Grace to all who mourn.

  13. I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Steve for a year or so. He was extremely skilled, intelligent and articulate. He also exuded quiet strength and kindness. I am praying for comfort for your family.

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