Michael Amram Weiner, M.D. passed away peacefully at St. Mary’s Hospital on November 3. He is survived by his beloved wife, Diane, daughter Ariel (Ryan) Malia, stepson Jamie Engber, brother Scott Weiner, brother-in-law Rick Ackley, granddaughters Fiona and Juniper Malia, nephews James Ackley, Adam and Max (Marie) Weiner, Chris, Mike and Tim Ackley, aunts Natalie Russell, Violet (Robert) Schneider and many cousins and close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Shirley Weicher Weiner and Jack Weiner, brother and sister-in-law Robert and Susan Ackley, aunts and uncles George Russell, Mildred and Al Lerner, Ruth and Joe Hirschberg and Bernice and Milt Mason.
Mike was born in Milwaukee on April 19, 1948 and spent his childhood and teen years in Milwaukee and New Orleans. A high school athlete, he graduated from Marshall High School, Milwaukee. Mike attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in anthropology and pre-med, graduating in1970. He graduated from UW Medical School in 1974 and completed his residency in plastic surgery at UW under Dr. Dave Dibelle. Mike maintained a solo plastic surgery practice in Madison. He was known for his caring manner and taking time with his patients. He shared on-call duties and surgery assistance with his good friend and colleague Bradley Manning, M.D. It was said that nurses fought to work with them due to their sense of humor and relaxed operating room environment. At retirement he enjoyed working with his friend Mike Schwitz at Anu-Skin, an on-line company providing quality skin care products. It was a joke in the family that he approached projects and tasks, such as mowing the lawn, as a plastic surgeon, taking meticulous care and time.
A well-loved, charismatic people person, Mike was just a great guy. He was a man comfortable in his own skin. While he was always a loyal nonjudgmental friend, his quirks included a tendency not to answer texts or return phone calls. His sense of humor, often irreverent, was widely appreciated. He was smart, curious, outgoing, and interesting and enjoyable to hang out with, whether watching sports, fishing shows with friends and family or watching Shark Week with his grand kids. Mike had a loud adversarial relationship with TV referees and umpires. Our friends called him an Appreciator because he was happy doing almost anything. He enjoyed attending plays, visiting museums, gardening, exploring new places, and hosting gatherings with Diane. He became an excellent pickle ball player and helped others learn the game. He enjoyed travel and with Diane he made a bucket list trip to Israel and Jordan in 2022. Spending time at their second home in Anna Maria Island, Florida, with a wonderful circle of friends and the activities there, was a source of great joy.
Mike endured serious health issues the last six years of life but he never gave up on living or enjoying all that he could manage. The family wishes to thank all the health care providers that cared for him, especially Dean Clinic’s Drs. Dong and Anderson and nurse practitioner Christa Raymond and their staffs. We thank all our supportive friends and family, with special thanks to Jamie, Rick and Scott for their unwavering help.
We are heartbroken by the loss of this exceptional husband, father, stepfather, brother, uncle, family member and friend. In lieu of flowers the family requests that you make a contribution to a charity of your choice or simply extend kindness to others.