Stephen G. Schissler

December 23, 2016

Stephen G. Schissler
U.S. Veteran

US Navy

STEPHEN G. SCHISSLER – formerly of Woburn, December 23rd, at 77 years of age. Beloved husband of Helen (Martel) Schissler. Loving father of Stephen M. Schissler, his wife Maryellen of Burlington, Brian G. Schissler, his fiancé Sharon Poisson of NH, Erica A. Keyes, her husband John of Gloucester. Dear brother of Barbara Favre, her husband Richard of MI. Dear brother-in-law of Michael Martel, his wife Linda of Chelmsford, the late Harold Martel, his wife Betty of Seabrook, the late George Martel, his wife Gina of NJ, Joseph Martel, his wife Sue of East Brookfield, Ted Martel, his fiancé Sue of Billerica, and Anna Lennon, her late husband William of Woburn. A very special “Grumpy” of Brittany, Danielle, Kasey, Lauren, Dylan, Sarah Schissler and Penny Keyes. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, December 31st at Noon. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Saturday morning 10 to 11:45 a.m. prior to the Mass. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Stephen’s memory to the charity of your choice.

OBITUARY:

Stephen G. Schissler passed away at the Beverly Hospital, Friday, Decembr 23rd after a brief illness. The beloved husband of Helen (Martel) Schissler, he was seventy-seven years old.

Born in Chicago, IL, Stephen was one of two children born to the late Stephen J. and Josephine (Mandl) Schissler. Raised and educated in Chicago, he graduated from Chicago Vocational School in 1957. Immediately following high school, Stephen enlisted in the United States Navy, where he proudly served his country on the shores of Newport, Rhode Island. Following his four years in the service, Stephen and a few friends decided they really liked the Northeast and decided to stay in the area. Well, they attended a gathering and were introduced to some lovely young women. A relationship was kindled that evening with a young woman named Helen Martel and two years later they were married at St. Joseph Church in East Woburn! Their life journey began first in Medford where they settled briefly, they then moved their home to the Central Square section of the city, where they remained till recently.

Throughout his life, Stephen, was a heating engineer. He worked for Johnson Heating, J.A. Marino Heating, and then Boston College. He retired from Boston College in 2004.

They brought three children into the world to whom they were devoted. No matter what the activity: hockey, figure skating, baseball or soccer, he was thrilled to see them play.

During the summer months he enjoyed going to their Maine cottage on the lake. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed many hours on his boat.

Upon retirement Stephen and Helen would venture off to Florida for the winter months, but always after the holidays. They would then return to Maine to spend the summer months.

Stephen’s life was all about family. He was happiest when he was spending time with them at home, Florida or Maine. Sharing life and making memories with family was very important to Stephen. When his beloved grandchildren began arriving, he nicknamed himself “Grumpy”, which gave him great joy. He enjoyed being a very special part of all their lives and he rarely missed a sporting or academic event.

A man of great faith and family, Stephen shared all that he had in his heart with those whom he loved so much. He was very proud of all his children and grandchildren.

Stephen was the loving husband of Helen (Martel) Schissler, devoted father of Stephen M. Schissler, his wife Maryellen of Burlington, Brian G. Schissler, his fiancé Sharon Poisson of NH, Erica A. Keyes, her husband John of Gloucester. Dear brother of Barbara Favre, her husband Richard of MI. Dear brother-in-law of Michael Martel, his wife Linda of Chelmsford, the late Harold Martel, his wife Betty of Seabrook, the late George Martel, his wife Gina of NJ, Joseph Martel, his wife Sue of East Brookfield, Ted Martel, his fiancé Sue of Billerica, and Anna Lennon, her late husband William of Woburn. A very special “Grumpy” of Brittany, Danielle, Kasey, Lauren, Dylan, Sarah Schissler and Penny Keyes. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, December 31st at Noon. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Saturday morning 10 to 11:45 a.m. prior to the Mass. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Stephen’s memory to the charity of your choice.

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  1. My thoughts are with the Schissler family during this difficult time. So very sorry for your loss.

    “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4

    -Richard Bianca

  2. Helen and family: We were very saddened to learn of the death of your dear husband and father. Stephen was special to me when I was growing up. Our families were very close during those years. I often was given Stephen’s outgrown clothes, as was the custom back then. He was 4 years older than me but we still had fun together whenever we visited. We will keep all of you in our prayers and thoughts. Peace be with you all in the upcoming days.

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