Stephen J. Scholze

February 16, 1947 - May 14, 2024

Steve Scholze— the man, the myth, the legend.

Stephen Joseph Scholze, eldest son of Paul and Dorothy Scholze, passed away on May 14, 2024, surrounded by his loving family— Karen, his beautiful wife (cue her eye roll), Zachary (April) his eldest son, Sarah (Alex) his favorite daughter, and Jeremy, his youngest son. His west coast siblings (Phil, Flo, Dave) were also at his side, along with his nephew Tim.

In the last two days of his life, the front door was constantly revolving with friends and neighbors and family coming by to joke with him, pray with him, or hold his hand one last time. Steve was an amazing friend who made amazing friends.

In his 77 years of life, Steve packed in more adventures than most people ever dream of. He’s visited 48/50 states, driven slow cars fast and fast cars even faster, and always made his family proud through each endeavor. Many remember watching him race at BeaverRun/PittRace as the Donald Duck, Goofy, and Mickey stickers on his Porsche 944 flew by in a blur accompanied by the whoosh of its turbocharger.

Zachary was lucky enough to drive cross country, walk the Golden gate bridge, and go on his first plane ride with Steve. Steve made sure to share the wealth and extended these “expeditions” to his younger kids by way of Schenley Park hikes and backyard treasure hunting. Steve’s penchant for cooking was brought to life each summer afternoon when he made lunchtime sandwiches for Sarah and Jeremy featuring Honey Wheat bread and Isaly’s chipped ham. His most highly awarded dish was blackberry toast – a school night special.

Steve devoted his life to God— he is so grateful to his Faithbridge Community for being a place he could worship His name for all his days. Through Faithbridge, Steve became connected with LifeWise, a program designed to bring the Word of God into the lives of public school students who wish to learn about the Good News. During his involvement in the program at Sto-Rox High School, he helped grow attendance from 2 to 50+ participants.

2 Timothy 4:6-8: “For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness,which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”

Steve was a friend to anyone who could talk, and to honor that, his family would like to host a celebration of life-at Faithbridge Community Church on Sunday, May 19th. Steve’s celebration will begin at 12:45 in the church and light refreshments will be served afterwards until 3:30pm. There will be a parking attendant, but please prepare for street parking. The address for the church is 618 Russellwood Ave, McKees Rocks, PA 15136.

Please, in lieu of flowers, donate to Faithbridge community church and/or the LifeWise Academy so they can continue their mission spreading God’s Good News.

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  • Rebecca Scholze West

    As one of the youngest Scholze cousins, I will always remember the energy and fun that Steve injected into our yearly family reunions at the Matisi estate in Lowelville, Ohio! Every year, as soon as he arrived at the reunion and saw me, he’d swoop me up into his arms and throw me in the pool! That was his way of saying “hello!” He was such fun! Our condolences to all who loved Steve. Rebecca (Scholze) West

  • Bob Miller

    Just wanted to add my thoughts on Steve and his cars – The black MGA
    Twin Cam,Formula V race car, 69 Orange Camaro Z28, Blue 365 B Porsche,
    And the Red MGA coupe ,
    Are just a few

  • James McMurray

    Steve rest in peace you always had words of encouragement for me you meant so much to me you’ll be surely missed love you Steve heaven has received an amazing man my prayers go out to his wife and family God bless his family and friends at this difficult time

  • Frank and Victoria McQuillan

    You kindness and generosity knew no bounds , your smile brought a smile on the face others. You devotion to Jesus is unquestionable, You will be missed dearly my friend. The world is a emptier place without you.

  • Phil Scholze

    Rest in peace, dear brother. I will always cherish the memories of our growing up together! From the EARLIEST days…like when I took a bite out of your head. Remember that? Playing baseball in our backyard in East McKeesport; you always ran faster, hit farther, caught more fly balls! Pirate games at Forbes Field. Central Catholic HS dances. Forbes Trail Tech. Getting chased by the cops for getting into mischief. I guess it was ME who ratted on you and the other guy! That beautiful ’53 Chevy that we loved to drive. And the brand new fire engine red 1965 Camaro that you brought home.
    That sure caused an uproar! Remember? Outdoing each other when it came to who dressed the best? Yep. These are all prescious memories I have of you. And us.
    Rest in peace!

  • David Christopher

    My brother. Grateful to know him on this planet, and in the world to come

  • Deacon Melvin Ellis

    For short time I got to know, it always treated me a good word & kindness.

    My condolences and prayers go to his wife & family

  • Dave

    So very sorry to hear this. We’re gonna miss you. Especially the visits to the garage .

  • Bob & Darla Miller

    First met Steve at Central Catholic – lifelong friendship – he was the best man at our wedding 54 years ago. Lots of times together in Shadyside and Forest Hills.
    Miss you Skippy

  • The Mosser/Perkosky Family

    The man who gave our daughter countless nicknames, and let my son sit in his race cars. So many memories of your dad, Sarah, always willing to bend my ear and talk for an hour or two. He was a good man. And a good dad. And a good husband. I hope that you find peace in his memories and the love that he showed his family. Thinking of all of you during this difficult time.

  • TJ James

    I enjoyed talking to Steve about his faith in Christ & politics. He was deeply committed to both. Loved & miss him. I look forward to reuniting & continuing our discussions

  • Michael Aiello

    Steve was the energy behind all our family reunions in the 60’s and 70’s.
    Rest in Peace cousin.

  • Jennifer Alonso

    My condolences to Sarah and her family. Your father sounds like a wonderful man of God that many wish they could have met. I wish you many loving memories to flood your heart and comfort you for the days ahead till you all meet again.

  • Tim Howard

    Sarah and Alex, my thoughts are with you now and forever. Reading about your father put a smile on my face, and I know he will not be forgotten in our memories.

  • Gretchen Pierce

    My prayers are with you in this difficult time. Uncle Steve taught me how to kick a football, I “taught” him how to make instant coffee. So many wonderful memories. Love to you all.

  • Melissa seelye

    He will be missed. What a Fantastic man!!
    Love you all and prayers

  • Laurie and Bob Kaib

    Sarah and Alex, your family are in our prayers, it’s not easy (as you know I have just gone through it) even though I’m in the hospital, please let Bob if you need anything.

  • Cory Bufalini

    March on to the Glory of God as he awaits a driving instructor. May all the memories never be forgotten . Rest in Peace my Friend.


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