He is survived by his wife, Jane; a son, Scott and wife, Nicole Schissler, of Newport; and the pride and joy of his life, a four-year-old granddaughter, Sarah Allison Schissler with whom he colored pictures, read many stories to, and was a willing participant at her tea parties. Don was just "Gaga" to Sarah. Don is also survived by four brothers and their wives, William and Elaine Schissler of Westfield, N.J.; Joseph and Maxine Schissler of Detroit; Enos and Judy Schissler of Etna; and George and Robin Schissler of Detroit; four sisters, Natalie and husband, Fred Braley, of Troy; Elsie and husband, John Autunno, of New Britain, Conn.; Regina Schissler of Detroit and Barbara Schissler of Ross, Texas; several nieces and nephews; five cats, Simon, Zorro, Margaret, Hannah and Ellie Mae; good friends, Paul Fitzpatrick of Troy and Maurice Dodge of Detroit; special golfing buddies, Goody Gilman and John Amoroso, both of Newport, and John Fosdick of Quechee, Vt. He was predeceased by a sister, Mary Schissler Krenisky in 1995.
Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., Thursday at the Crosby & Neal Funeral Home, 117 Main St., Newport. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Friday, March 7, at the People's United Methodist Church, Newport with the Rev. George Darling officiating. Spring burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Newport. Donations may be made to the People's United Methodist Church Vestry Fund, care of Goodwin Gilman, P. O. Box 98, Newport, ME 04953. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home.
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