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SCHISLER, Mary Catherine
(nee Kessel)
Born in Windsor on February 22, 1932. Passed away peacefully on May 9, 2015. Predeceased by her husband Nick J. Schisler (2002). Beloved mother of Paul J. Schisler (Susan Lalonde) of Windsor and Christine Ann Schisler-Marshall (Stephen A.) of Elora. Cherished grandma of Alexander and Stephen. Mary was a creative individual, raised and educated in Windsor. She was a lay-out artist and fashion illustrator for six years in the advertising department of the C.H. Smith Department Store in Windsor, producing a back-page of advertising daily in the Windsor Star. She also worked as an in-house interior designer for O'Neil-Bernhardt Ltd. Windsor and a PR/Advertising representative for Weight Watchers of Michigan. A graduate of the University of Windsor in 1988 with a B.A. in Classical Studies, Literature and Languages, she was elected as President of the Organization of Part Time University Students (OPUS), serving for six years (1991-1997), representing and advocating on behalf of non- traditional, mature students. In 2002, an award in the School of Dramatic Art was established in her name by OPUS, in recognition of her support for the Arts and Humanities having initiated the "Alumni Evening with University Players." In 2007, she completed writing the History of OPUS (1976 - 2007). And also in 2007, as an alumnus, the University of Windsor Alumni Board, appointed her as their Alumni Representative on the University of Windsor Senate. In 2010, she was presented with the OPUS Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her leadership, advocacy and dedication to OPUS over two decades. Retiring in 2012, Mary received special recognition for her devotion and support of the Alumni Association over the years. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff of Sunrise Seniors Residence for their support and care of Mary over the past year. Visitation will be held at the
Janise Funeral Home
on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow at Heavenly Rest Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the University of Windsor School of Dramatic Art. Online condolences may be shared with the family at

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May 15, 2015
Mary will always be remembered as a classy beautiful, intelligent person with a great sense of humour and an amazing appreciation for art. I will miss her but so glad I had the privilege of knowing her.
Toni (Sunrise Senior Living) Barzotto
May 13, 2015
Aunt Mary you were one hell of a classy women. I used to love going to your crazy shaped house when I was a kid to play with Christie and Paul and lets not forget handsome Uncle Nick who always loved to laugh. Now you can be with your true love.
Denise Donais
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