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Posted on Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 2:08 p.m.

Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge Nancy Wheeler suffers minor stroke

By Kyle Feldscher

Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge Nancy Wheeler suffered a minor stroke while on the bench Thursday and is at home recovering today, according to her sister.

Alma Wheeler Smith, a former 54th district state representative, said her sister Nancy Wheeler had a very minor stroke on Thursday. Wheeler Smith said her sister is at home today but plans to be back at work on Monday.

Wheeler was scheduled to sit on the bench for three cases on Friday. Her office was closed Friday afternoon.

“She’s doing very well,” Wheeler Smith said Friday afternoon.

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James Socrates

Wed, Jan 18, 2012 : 5:30 p.m.

I rather think one's credibility and maturity are certainly called into question when personally attacking an individual who has served her community for well over 30 years as a member of the bar and bench and who, whether one agrees with her rulings or not, deserves the respect and courtesy that should be afforded any person, much less an exceptionally devoted public servant. To the individual who is berating another member of the bench, I can only say that one goes to court (probate or family as I believe you are referring to) because they are too immature to handle and address their issues out of court. Lets not blame the judge because she simply decides between the lesser of two evils.

Tom Wieder

Sat, Dec 10, 2011 : 2:34 p.m.

In commenting on Judge Wheeler deciding to use her maiden name, and dropping "Francis," Alonso said - "Yes, she recently changed back to her maiden name of Wheeler, to trade on her late father's name." Nonsense. "Trade on her late father's name?" For what? Judge Wheeler will turn 70 on October 4, 2014. Under Michigan law, she cannot run for judge agai,. since she would be 70 when the next election occurs for her seat - November 2014. How nasty to baselessly attack a person for such a personal decision.


Sat, Dec 10, 2011 : 6:04 a.m.

To Rob - I don't know about this judge, but I know another Judge who earned every thing said about her that was hateful, bitter, lacking respect, negative.... Ill Health or not, she earned every bit of it. She and some of her former co-workers (past and presently still employed) created great pain and damage beyond what most of you will ever know about. Maybe these comments are a way to be heard, because the people in power who know, sure don't care.


Sat, Dec 10, 2011 : 5:25 p.m.

Bitterness about another judge causing comments about this Judge's life threatening stroke? That's logical.


Sat, Dec 10, 2011 : 5:28 a.m.

Get well soon Judge. It's sad to see the bitter hateful among us can't even keep it to themselves when someone has a life threatening illness or injury. Daily on these boards hate, bitterness, vile language, discrimination, lack of respect, and negativity reign supreme. Ann Arbor and Michigan have to a large degree lost their sense of community, caring for others, empathy, charity, etc. I blame the economy, but mostly the devisive tactics of the republican party in Lansing and Washington for this behavior. It's time for a change.


Sat, Dec 10, 2011 : 8:11 p.m.

I blame my baby-boom generation that raised many of these sad folks.

Hanz Landa

Sat, Dec 10, 2011 : 3:36 a.m.

How many kids has she destroyed? Too many to count.

James Socrates

Wed, Jan 18, 2012 : 5:33 p.m.

I rather disagree, she would not need to see any children if childish and incompetent parents were able to put their children first instead of themselves.

True Facts

Sat, Dec 10, 2011 : 3:54 a.m.

Way to many to count!!

Tony Livingston

Sat, Dec 10, 2011 : 12:22 a.m.

Get well soon, Ms. Francis.

Vivienne Armentrout

Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 11:44 p.m.

The judge has been known as Nancy Francis ever since I've lived in Ann Arbor. Has she actually changed her name? Best wishes to her - she is a gentle and caring soul.

True Facts

Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 10:05 p.m.

get well soon and for all the men in the county you may get a fair trial untill she returns

James Socrates

Wed, Jan 18, 2012 : 5:34 p.m.

Hmmm, fair? The law is not fair because the acts that necessitate it are not fair. Its the inherent liability one accepts when engaging in litigation

Billy Bob Schwartz

Sat, Dec 10, 2011 : 12:37 a.m.



Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 9:23 p.m.

Judge Nancy Wheeler get well soon.