Marla Panyik, 73, a beloved elementary school teacher in the Gwinnett County School System for more than 30 years, died January, 13, 2017.
She was born to Alex and Angeline Linenberger in Hays, Kansas on November 18,1943. She attended girl’s catholic school for 12 years at Thomas More Prep-Marian. Marla received a bachelor’s degree in education from Fort Hays State University. As a full time teacher and mom, she diligently worked to pursue her master’s degree from Georgia State University and graduated in 1980. She and Rich moved to Gwinnett County in 1972 from Alton, Illinois with their son, Chris
and daughter, Carrie. She was extremely active in many social and civic activities, such as, The Rotary Club of Loganville, Connections, Beta Kappa Chapter – Alpha Delta Kappa and book club. Most of her 35 years of teaching was at Gwin Oaks Elementary where she influenced with passion many young minds. Up to this time, she still receives cards, invitations to graduations and marriages, and many other heartfelt comments that she was the best teacher they ever had. She passionately worked in the area of adult literacy, too. She loved to travel and over the last decade had visit many place on 4 continents. Her motto was, “Have bag, will travel!” She never met a stranger (even on the subway in New York) and loved to gather with friends and family. She had a big heart, was extremely giving and her strength and determination was an inspiration to us all.
She is survived by her husband, Rich, 2 children (son) Chris Panyik and wife Michelle, (daughter) Carrie Hughes and husband Michael, and 3 grandchildren, Zachary, Zoie and Allie Jane.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Marla’s name to The Rotary Foundation. Arrangements under the direction of Eternal Hills Funeral Home, Snellville, GA.
Reposted courtesy of Eternal Hills Funeral Home.