Michael Peter Marnik

Beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, Michael P Marnik of Orleans, MA passed away peacefully on August 27, 2022. By his side was his loving wife of over 40 years, Elia (Capone) Marnik. He is also survived by his children Daniel A. Marnik, Jennifer A. Marnik, Mathew M. Marnik and Rachel C. Marnik, as well as Ralph and Melissa Dangelmaier, Alicia and Steve Zessis and Robert Dangelmaier. Michael especially loved spending time with his grandchildren Franklin and Alex Zessis, Emily, Jack and Katie Dangelmaier, Evan D. Marnik and Abby L. Marnik.
Born on March 12, 1945, Michael was the oldest of six children of the late Martin and Mary Rita (Nolette) Marnik of Lynn, Massachusetts. He attended St Mary’s High School in Lynn and then went on to the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester. After graduating from Holy Cross in 1966, he attended the Charles Widger School of Law at Villanova and proudly served as Defense Counsel for the US Naval Law Center from 1970 to 1972.
After serving his country in the US Navy, Michael embarked on a career in law that spanned over 50 years. In 1985 he opened his own practice in Peabody and worked tirelessly as a trial lawyer representing individuals and small businesses across the state. Several of his cases were mediated in the Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court of Massachusetts. In 2011 he was named Adjunct Professor of Law at UMASS Law School where he enjoyed teaching and mentoring second year law school students.
Known for his incredible patience, devotion and compassion, Michael was also a champion advocate for many civic organizations across the state such as the Knights of Columbus in Reading where he served as Grand Knight. He also served as the President of the Zoning Board of Appeals in Orleans as well as President of the Holy Cross Club of Cape Cod. His greatest joy was always his family and Michael ‘Chief’ Marnik will be missed by all.
Calling hours for Michael will be held Friday, September 30, 2022 from 5-8 PM at Nickerson Funeral Home, 77 Eldredge Park Way, Orleans, MA. A funeral mass in his honor will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 11:00 AM at St Joan of Arc Church, 61 Canal Rd., Orleans, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Beth Israel Lahey Health. Make your check payable to Lahey Hospital & Medical Center:
Lahey Hospital Gift Processing, Office of Philanthropy, 330 Brookline Ave (OV), Boston, MA 02215.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.nickersonfunerals.com.