Frances Collins Wheeler

Frances Collins Wheeler

Wednesday, February 25th, 1942 - Saturday, August 29th, 2020
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“I gotta get going” was Granny’s latest famous one liner. She was full of them, my mom was the funniest person I know, that rare kind of funny, made you feel lucky to know her. She made everything good, even when it wasn’t. A super hero, snapped her fingers and it was done! We never wanted for anything.
My mom grounded us all, way back in the day when our world was full of crazy, wild, and fun times, and throughout all of our lives. She was the mom of The Post, the greatest dive bar in Detroit, the place we all met, worked hard and played.

Patsy (Patricia Thorson) was her much younger sister. They were known as the “Party Sisters” together always. Patsy looked after her, especially the last few years when Fran was not well.
Fran had two kids, myself, Jennifer Dales and my brother Stephen Wheeler, her son in law Jim and daughter in law Julie and two grand children Jimmy 20, a golfer and Patrick 17, a hockey player.

Fran was married to William Patrick Wheeler and Charlie Ollila both now deceased.

Granny loved rabbits, crossword puzzles, playing cards, Scrabble, the
U.P. eh!, Florida, her flowers, shopping, The Post and all the family and friends, most of all she loved those boys, her kids and her beloved sister and companion Patsy. A mother, grandmother, sister, school teacher, wife and friend.

Born and raised in Ishpeming, Michigan, graduated from Northern, lived in Detroit and Naples, Florida,
She was strong, beautiful, proud, kind, and never complained.

“I love you guys” was the last thing we heard my mom say. I promise she meant all of us, and you too!
Its your time to “get going” granny, mom, Fran, no more worries, no more tears. We’re all OK, you took good care of us, and taught us well, your work here is done. Relax there with the guy in the sky, go find the Old Boy and Smith and Rufus, give them a big hug.
Have some fun, travel, wear all your cool shoes, bags and nice clothes. We will keep all the things in order for you here.

Thank you, eh, for everything, we love you too mom.

Let’s celebrate Fran’s life, Saturday, September 26 at 3pm
The Post Local Bistro, 844 Penniman Ave, Plymouth MI 48170 Memorials to the Sparky Anderson’s CATCH Charity for children

See you there! Love, Jen, Jim, Steve, Julie & Patsy
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    Saturday, September 26th, 2020 | 3:00pm
    Saturday, September 26th, 2020 3:00pm
    Post Local Bistro
    844 Penniman Avenue
    PLYMOUTH, MI 48170
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