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Kristina "Kristi" René Schober

January 1, 1976October 13, 2020

Kristina René Schober, known to her many friends and family as Kristi or just “Schober”, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 in Washington, DC.

Her journey started on New Year’s Day 1976 in Houston, Texas. Over her 44 years, this journey took her to at least four continents and dozens of countries, where she embraced her love of travel and culture and made countless lasting friendships.

From an early age Kristi’s spunky, playful nature was apparent, particularly when she locked her sister in the pots and pans cabinet. She grew up taking tap, ballet and jazz classes, and this energy followed her into adulthood, often finding an outlet through impromptu dance parties of all shapes and sizes. Kristi was an avid learner, obtaining a Bachelors in Psychology from Sam Houston State University, a Masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston and a Masters of International Affairs, Economic & Political Development from Columbia University. Kristi thrived on helping others and devoted her life to this passion. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Africa, later worked in international economic development in the private sector, and then served as a Foreign Service Officer for USAID in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Tanzania, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan.

Kristi appreciated good food and wine, and was at her happiest cooking and entertaining at her place, living by a true “more the merrier” spirit regardless of the capacity of her apartment! Her magnetism and hospitality were the glue between vastly different social networks, faiths and cultures.

She leaves behind her Mom and Pop, Susie and Dave Donato, her sister Robin (her Beta) Schober and brother-in-law John Vian, her nephew Luka Vian, her Aunt Jordie and Uncle Bill Chalupnik and numerous family and friends, who are better off having experienced her dynamism and bright light.

A celebration of life will be held on October 20, 2020 at Murphy Funeral Home in Arlington, Virginia and on October 25, 2020 at Heights Funeral Home in Houston, Texas.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to Kristi’s many friends who have shared touching memories of her and who have provided immeasurable support in this difficult time.


  • Visitation

    Sunday, October 25, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Sunday, October 25, 2020


Kristina "Kristi" René Schober

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Rick Brennan

October 25, 2020

This 1/60th of a second is one of the happiest moments of my 44 years of life.

We three had front row seats to the R.E.M. + Radiohead concert in Houston, TX, in Sept of 1995, and decided to memorialize the occasion with this pre-show picture, which, upon reflection, may be one of the first ever selfies.

Simple times back then; my two favorite bands, with my two favorite people: my boyhood buddy Scott Novosad, and my new best friend, Kristi Schober.

The lovely, and kind, and intelligent, stylish, laugh out loud funny Kristi Schober.

We were so happy that night, it didn't even matter to us that my car broke down on the way home afterwards.

We laughed, and sang and smiled and danced anyway; we even posed for a picture with the tow truck driver, who was so very amused by us.

We shined together, and you can see it in this snapshot that captured a magical moment in time between us - of which there were many.

I send my deepest heartfelt condolences to The Donato & The Schober families, and to Kristi's large family of friends. I grieve with them, for them, for this terrible loss.

RIP Kristina Rene Schober; my beautiful forever friend.

I will cherish you, and the living, breathing memories we made together until the end of time.

Love always,
Rick Brennan

Nicole Garcia

October 25, 2020

I am very touched by her passing for some heartfelt reason. To her family, I am very sorry for this loss. I attended the same high school, however I believe she graduated the year I begin my attendance. I unfortunately didn't know her in her life but I am privileged to be introduced to her in her death. Her death announcement touched my heart, I read of her life and weeped because she gave this world so much. So oooooo much, even in her passing because her efforts inspired me to do more as she did. I hope that I can offer as she did and I applaud her life. We are Dobie Longhorn bound &raised and Houston Proud in life and in death.
My condolences to y'all, Nicole Garcia.

Jennifer Kearns Weeks

October 25, 2020

Dear Sue, Dave, and Robin,
While the loss of a loved one is never easy, even when anticipated, it is most certainly the hardest when they are taken from us too soon. We offer our sincere condolences for the loss of your beloved Kristi. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult of times.

Kristi will forever be in our hearts, and the memories of our years of dance will be cherished forever.

With our love,
Jennifer Kearns Weeks and
Linda and Michael Kearns

Tiffany Gunter

October 22, 2020

I just heard the news of Kristi's passing. I am high school (and pretty sure middle school) classmate of Kristi's. Though we did not keep in close and constant contact, for years I have envied her life in pictures. Reading these condolences and memories takes me back to high school to the Kristi I knew then. She always had a smile and was quick to laugh and never let anyone feel left out. My thoughts are with her family and her many friends around the world. She was truly a bright light.

Amy Smith

October 21, 2020

REST IN PEACE MY BEAUTIFUL FRIEND! Kristi Schober, This world will NEVER be the same without you in it! Our hearts are breaking but the memories we shared will always live in our hearts 💞

Caitlin Hall

October 21, 2020

Dear Schober Family,

Kristi will be remembered and missed around the world by so many. Thank you so much for the beautiful memorial service yesterday, and including all of us who were unable to attend in person.

Just before the service started, I lit a candle for Kristi at the Chapelle de Marie-la-Miserable in Brussels. Please know her light continues to shine on in our hearts.

Caitlin Hall

Luke Davenport

October 20, 2020

While I haven’t been in touch with Schober since we graduated from SIPA in 2009 I remember her warm generous nature fondly. She was always a ray of light. She’ll be greatly missed. My deepest condolences to all her friends and family.

Sawa Nakagawa

October 20, 2020

I'm deeply saddened and heart-broken to hear about the passing of Schober. The world today needs more people like her who are committed to making this planet a better place.

I met Schober in the fall of 2006 while studying at SIPA. We immediately connected on our shared interests - love for Africa, and passion for making a difference. Schober was always approachable, caring, vibrant, with a great sense of humor. I'm grateful for having shared so many joyous moments with her.

My heart goes out to her family and friends during this very difficult time.

With love from Johannesburg, South Africa.

Rachel Hermes

October 20, 2020

I met Kristi in Chicago in the summer of 2006 during a happy hour for future SIPA students. Kristi was so kind, inclusive and adventuresome - we ended up driving a UHAUL out to NYC together with all our worldly possessions. Whenever I crossed paths with Kristi at SIPA, I felt instantly happy. She lit up every room with her energy and joy. My prayers are with her family and friends - may your many wonderful memories with her sustain you during this time and always.

Kristina Kempkey

October 20, 2020

I remember meeting Kristi at SIPA. I will never forget walking into the first day of a class we had together, and hearing her infectious laugh. I quickly came to learn that we shared a lot in common. I also learned that Kristi was one of the most generous, passionate, dedicated, and effervescent people I would meet at grad school. Her wit and sense of humor were second to none. I was grateful that we both ended up in DC together and had the opportunity to work together at USAID. She was a trusted confidant and a reliable sounding board. It is hard to comprehend that we will never have the opportunity to trade stories again. I know I speak everyone who knew Schober: she will be missed tremendously.

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