Steven Brian Koblentz, 68, passed away Aug. 10, 2019, in Cleveland. He was a lifelong resident.
Born Aug. 9, 1951 to Shirley Folkman Koblentz and Cantor Stanford Koblentz in Cleveland, Steven graduated from Cleveland Heights High School and later received a Bachelors of Science degree in accounting from The Ohio State University, his Juris Doctor degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University and a MBA from Ohio State.
Steve started his initial career working for Haskins and Sells Public Accounting firm, and moved on to practice corporate/tax at Standard Oil/BP America, and also held a private practice from 1991 onwards. Also a CPA, many of Steve’s clients became lifelong friends.
Steve was a member of Temple Brith Emeth in Pepper Pike, where his father was cantor, as well as Park Synagogue.
He was a member of California and Ohio bar associations, the American Institute of CPA and the Ohio State Bar Association. While in law school, Steve was on the moot court team and won the Hugo Black Oral Advocacy Award.
While Steve fought a long and courageous battle with many illnesses, he loved being with his family, anything Ohio State, baseball discussions with his brother, old Westerns, Turner Classic movies, Jeopardy, al-fresco dining, cruising and spending time with his grandson, Owen.
When his wife decided to return to medical school in her mid-40s with three young children, Steve not only continued to run his private practice, but became “Mr. Mom” and was well known at the Orange schools, where he was often spotted at his children’s sports events, school conferences and school events. He also happily and lovingly supported his wife and children in all of their endeavors.
Steve is survived by his wife of 44 years, Dr. Leslie Margolis Koblentz, M.D., J.D.; children, Adam Koblentz (Dr. Dana Rotz) of Cary, N.C., Ross Koblentz (fiancee, Emma Stabbe) of New Orleans and Elexa Rose Koblentz of Columbus; brother, Joel Koblentz (Diane Fitzgerald) of Atlanta; sister-in-law, Michele Kay (Michael Glaser); brother-in-law, Loren (Beth) Margolis; grandson, Owen Samuel Koblentz of Cary, N.C., who is the joy of his life and gave him the privilege of being called “grandpa;” and uncle to many dear nieces and nephews.
His beloved dogs Maddie and Tootsie always kept an eye on him through his illness.
Services were held Aug. 14 at Berkowitz-Kumin-Bookatz Memorial Chapel. Interment was at Bet Olam Cememtery.
Friends who wish may contribute to Pelotonia (Bike Ride for Cancer Research), 450 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215, or Geauga Humane Society’s Rescue Village, 15463 Chillicothe Road, Novelty, OH 44072.