Stephen Henry Schadlich
March 17, 1936 - February 6, 2021
Stephen Henry Schadlich passed peacefully on February 6, headed to the ultimate fishing hole. He was born at Children's Hospital in San Francisco, to Cecil-Ruth Pattee and LeRoy Edward Schadlich. Steve was raised in Berkeley, graduating from Berkeley High School, then Cal Berkeley. He was active in Boy Scouts, a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity, on the Cal Track team, and joined the NROTC. While in school Steve played the piano at nearly every social event he attended, which were many. He continued to play the piano, by ear, for the rest of his life. He especially loved playing from the Great American Songbook, and was a fan of the Big Band style. Upon graduating from Cal in 1958, Steve married his first love Judy Frazier, and as newlyweds they headed to Athens, GA where he was trained as a Navy Supply Officer and then assigned to a Frigate ship. After his military service, Steve enrolled in Boalt Hall law school in Berkeley, then graduated with honors, and passed the Bar in 1963.
With his freshly minted license to practice law, Steve first joined Knox, Goforth, and Ricksen in Oakland, as a transactional business attorney. In 1967 he pivoted to Crosby, Heafey, Roach, and May also in Oakland, where he served as the CFO for 15 years, and where he remained until retirement. During his career he was Vice-President and then President of the Alameda County Bar Association. Steve also served as a board member of Children's Hospital, Oakland.
Steve and Judy settled in Piedmont and raised three children together for 28 years: Scott (Christine Gianotti), Betsy (John Murray), and Caroline. In 1986 Steve met his second love Julie Craig Blunden. They married in 1988, and settled in Orinda. Julie brought three daughters to their union: Amy (Steve Ruegg), Ann (Jim Huchingson) and Molly. Between the six combined children, they enjoyed many holidays at Pinecrest and Ramsey's (his family property on the Stanislaus River), and were eventually rewarded with 13 grandchildren: Daisy & Peter Schadlich; Madelyn & James Murray; Hannah, Jack & Max Stone; Kyra, Matthew & Scott Ruegg; Henry, Brady & Andrew Huchingson.
Steve was an enthusiastic member of the Bohemian Club, where he was captain of Puma camp for 28 years, Chairman of the Participation Committee, a member of the Grove Committee, a member of the Board of Directors, and Secretary of the Club. He enjoyed playing the piano at the City Club, and participated in many of the Grove Plays.
His other passions included fly-fishing, backpacking, golf, gardening and cooking. He also ran 15 marathons, including the original route in Greece with the Orinda Roadrunners. Steve was a man of charisma, a lover of fine cuisine, and always appreciated "oldies but goodies" tunes. It was important to Steve to live his life with integrity and honesty, and holding a deep appreciation and respect for his family. He was especially proud of his 21 years of sobriety.
No public service will be held due to Covid restrictions. Donations can be made to California Trout (Caltrout.org
) to honor Steve.