Pixley Funeral Home

3530 Auburn Road, Auburn Hills, MI


Marilyn J. Panley

April 13, 1945February 18, 2020

Marilyn Jean Panley of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan – loving wife of Alan Panley - passed away on February 18, 2020 at the age of 74 after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born in Detroit, MI on April 13, 1945. Marilyn was a graduate of Southeastern High School – from which she drew lifelong friends. After school she married Dennis Grienier and they had two beautiful daughters together – Michelle and Danielle.

She joined the workforce at Packard Electric (Delphi Corporation) working at the company for most of her adult life – retiring as an Office Manager.

She married Alan Panley on June 24, 2000 in Glen Arbor. The two set up residence in Bloomfield Hills. She had a passion for golf, reading, cooking, traveling, and her family – both here in Michigan and at her winter residence in Florida.

She was extremely proud of her Romanian heritage and was happy to discuss it with you. She is survived by her husband; her daughter Michele Manzo; her step children Michael Panley, Kathy Poncy, and Mark Panley; grandchildren Alexandra Donlin, Blake Donlin, Marina Manzo, Vincent Manzo, and Sophia Manzo.

She is predeceased by her daughter Danielle Donlin and her brothers Fred Cerneant and Ted Cerneant and parents Moisa Cerneant and Mary Civan.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2020 from 4-8pm. At Pixley Funeral Home Auburn Hills. Located at 3530 Auburn Road, in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Instate Friday from 10:30am until time of service at 11am. at St. Owen Catholic Church, located at 6869 Franklin Road, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.


  • Alan Panley, Husband
  • Michelle Manzo, Daughter
  • Danielle Donlin, Daughter (deceased)
  • Michael Panley, Step-Son
  • Kathy Poncy, Step-Daughter
  • Mark Panley, Step-Son
  • Alexandra Donlin, Granddaughter
  • Blake Donlin, Grandson
  • Marina Manzo, Granddaughter
  • Vincent Manzo, Grandson
  • Sophia Manzo, Granddaughter
  • Moisa Cerneant and Mary Civan, Parents (deceased)
  • Fred Cerneant, Brother (deceased)
  • Ted Cerneant, Brother (deceased)



  • Memorial Gathering Thursday, February 27, 2020
  • Memorial Gathering Friday, February 28, 2020
  • Memorial Mass Friday, February 28, 2020


  • Private Burial


Marilyn J. Panley

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Pat & Reg Shires

February 27, 2020

We know that words will not fill the emptyness left buy the loss of a loved one, but we hope that our condolences will ease the pain. Peace be with her soul!

Pat & Reg Shires

Barbara Maas

February 25, 2020

The stars shine a little brighter with Marilyn’s bold spirit among them. So enjoyed laughing, playing and sharing time with her and Alan. A heart full of sympathy and love to Alan and the family.
Barb, Zac and Ariana Maas

Judy and Stan Kucemba

February 19, 2020

We are so, so sorry that you have left us and yet so grateful for the moments we shared together enjoying your humor and kindness over the years. You will always be with us in our thoughts and prayers. You will be missed. Thank you for the memories.