Michael J. Manley, 77

June 01, 2021

Michael J. Manley, 77, of Lancaster, passed away on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.

He is the husband of Marilyn Brill Manley, with whom he shared 54 magnificent years of living the Sacrament of Matrimony. Born in Scranton, he is the son of the late Aloysius and Margaret Dougherty Manley.

Michael earned his BS in Psychology from the University of Scranton and his Masters in Counseling from Seton Hall University. He served as the Director of the Occupational Training Center for the Handicapped in New Jersey.

He was an active member of Historic St. Mary’s Catholic Church where he served as a Eucharistic Minister and Marriage Mentor. He was a member of the lay community Our Lady’s Missionaries of the Eucharist. He is remembered for his authentic love of prayer, writing books, enjoying a good movie, studying history, traveling, and generous portions of ice cream. He brought joy to all around him with his positive attitude, great sense of humor and contagious laugh. Most of all, he was a loving, self-less, faithful, and devoted Catholic man, passionately in love with his wife.

He was a husband full of joy. Whether in sickness or in health, in good times or in bad, the experience of realizing the action of God in his life, led him to be joyful and positive. His life was an adventure of living each day fresh and new. He is Beloved.

In addition to his wife, Michael is survived by his children: Michael married to Maria Manley of Morris Plains, NJ, Marika married to Andrew Ellis of Willow Street, Meghan married to Michael Lorenz of Lancaster, Melanie married to Tim Kondroski of Boonton, NJ, and Mary Bernadette married to Brendan Corrigan of West Bradford, PA; his 23 grandchildren, and his sister, Marjorie Manley, of Lake Ariel, PA.

Friends will be received on Friday, June 4, 2021 from 5-8PM at the Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, 441 N. George St., Millersville, PA; masks are not required for attendance. Friends may call again on Saturday, June 5, 2021 from 9:30-10:30AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 119 S. Prince St., Lancaster, PA, with the Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:30AM. The Mass will be livestreamed via the church website at Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family in Scranton. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Michael’s memory to Our Lady’s Missionaries of The Eucharist, 640 E. Main St., Birdsboro, PA 19508.

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July 19, 2021

Mrs. Manley and family,
My heart goes out to you. I worked with Mike for 2 years at The Salvation Army, and genuinely enjoyed our conversations about numerous things. Books, our families, joking about the too-loud P.A. system and lamenting on how cramped and disorganized everything was. I looked forward to having time to chat with him at the beginning of our day and would always seek him out when i visited after changing stores. Every one of us adored Mr. Mike and have, and will continue to, miss him greatly. You all are in my thoughts. 
Amy Lee Fisher

June 06, 2021

Marilyn and family:
I am so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. You are all in my prayers.
Ron Dell – Monastery Mass friend

June 06, 2021

With hearts full of sadness for your loss of such an amazing man and joy for the gift of eternal life, we send our condolences to the family. May our loving God pour out much grace today and in the years to come and May the memories of Mike keep you always smiling. 
The Scott Family

June 05, 2021

So very sorry to hear of Mike’s passing into eternity. He always had a kind, encouraging word. He and Steve are now beholding the Awesomeness of God. 
Love to the entire Manley family, especially Marilyn ❣
Sherry Troelsch

June 04, 2021

We want to express our deepest condolences to you,Mrs. Manley, and all the Manley family. We have always held you all dear to our hearts. Jon and I remember taking NFP with you and Mike. You’re beautiful example of marriage, family life, and faith was and is such an example to us. We will miss Mike – his joy, his laugh, and his kindness. I have so many fond memories of my younger years at your house spending time with Mary Bernadette and the family. It was always such a fun and faith filled household that it inspired me to desire a big family. Our continued prayers for Mike, Marilyn and all the family. May God give you His abundant peace and turn this sadness to joy!
Michelle and Jon Brinck-Lund 

June 04, 2021

Marilyn, Marika and all the family, we are so saddened to learn that Mike has passed from this life. David and I are extremely grateful to have known him, his faith, kindness and humor will always be remembered. May God continue to bless you and give you peace and comfort. 
Julie and David Zug

June 04, 2021

Although I didn’t know Mike well from St. Mary’s, he was always ready with a smile and a blessing. I am very sorry for your loss, please accept my sincere condolences to you Marilyn and the family.
Cathy Tomasichio

June 04, 2021

He had such a warm, welcoming way about him!  He could make everyone feel at ease immediately!  We didn’t know him well, but the time we got to spend with him was always happy and fun.
Prayers for the entire family.
Kelly Lorenz

June 04, 2021

Do you see God’s wisdom, how the greatest of evils introduced by the devil (Wisdom 2:24), the ultimate disaster for us, our own death, how Christ has changed this from our shame and ignominy into our honor and glory. The devil introduced it so that it would destroy, and so that, when he brought it down to earth , he might cut off all hope of salvation; but Christ took it and converted it (Acts 10:36-37), and through it led us back to heaven. The followers of Christ meet the tortures of dying with courage and strength as if they were in battle, conquering their oppressor and joy as if they were dancing, celebrating victory. If you look at the nature of what took place, what took place was a skirmish and war; if you examine the spirit of what took place, what happened was dancing and festivals and utter joy.
                  Saint John Chrysostom
We want to express our heartfelt condolences to you Marilyn and your five wonderful children and twenty-three grand children.   While praying for Mike and all of you Tuesday night, Rachel opened up to Acts 10:19-26 to an account of the character and deeds of Barnabas, Son of Encouragement – “ a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and faith” (Acts 10:24).  This could be a description of Mike.  He is certainly a man filled with the Holy Spirit  and faith.   It was just after I came to a more personal experience of God through the catholic charismatic renewal that Marilyn ( seeing me at daily mass) invited me to dinner at their home.   I found this  vibrant catholic family so attractive.   I was impressed how graciously Mike related to  Marilyn and the children.  He was joyfully engaged as a husband and father.  It gave me great hope when I reflected that God could make  possible for me such a life .
In this life, we need to be changed into the kind of person who can live with God forever. Mike not only set that as his life goal, but with the cooperation of the Holy Spirit, moved toward it.  May God’s mercy supply whatever may be lacking, and usher him into heaven now!   May the Holy Spirit comfort and strengthen you in your loss.

Chris and Rachel

June 03, 2021

Ditto! Especially liked his love of a lot of ice cream! Mike is in heaven starting to shower blessings on earth and especially on Marilyn and all the children and grandchildren.
I will always remember his unselfish love and his way of making everyone feel good and comfortable.  The Church is missing a saint on earth.  Mike for me is now a rope person who will throw down a rope to lift me up to heaven (and we will have some heavenly hash together!
Jim and Meg

June 03, 2021

We have such fond memories of your times on Maxine Drive.  Our kids growing up together.  You both teaching CCD and your commitment to each other.  Drew and Mike are discussing this together in heaven and watching over us.
Peggy DeCoursey

June 03, 2021

Please accept my condolences at the loss of Mike.  He was a fine gentleman.  I miss seeing you two at the chapel for morning mass.  You are in our prayers.
David Curry

June 03, 2021

Dear Marilyn,
Our hearts go out to you. Michael is at peace now. Please stay strong and carry on.
With our deepest condolences,
PY, Judy, and Spencer

June 03, 2021

Aunt Marilyn and all the Manley’s and Brill’s are in our prayers!  More than ever!  We are so sad and miss and love Uncle Mike so much.  Love and miss you all, Peter, Cindy, and Baby Nova

June 03, 2021

Marilyn and family,
Please accept my deepest sympathy and prayers at your loss of Michael.
I’m very sorry for your loss of a wonderful man.
Tim Manley

June 02, 2021

Our sincerest condolences to the Manley family.
John Palko and Teri Baker,
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June 02, 2021

Mike has always been a kind and special person to everyone he had contact with. We will miss his laugh, his empathy and his kindheartedness. Marilyn, we are sending our love. 
Michael and LeeAnn Brill

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