Retired Municipal Court Judge Michael Weigand dies

Bob Morehead

Herald Staff Writer

For 18 years, a bench of the Barberton Municipal Court was occupied by Michael Weigand.

Weigand retired in 2007 and died Sept. 23 from complications from a fall a week earlier. He was 78.

“He was helpful and practical in a quiet way,” Judge Jill Lanzinger told The Herald. “He supported me in so many ways when I was a new judge.”

Lanzinger said that Weigand was seen all over Summit County.

“We was very approachable,” Lanzinger said. “He was very professional but had this casual air. Sometimes when he’d have court on a Saturday he would wear a funny sweater or tennis shoes.”

“In municipal court, people get a lot more personal attention,” Judge Todd McKenney said. “Judge Weigand worked really hard here to try and improve people’s lives.”

He said Weigand’s legacy in the court, helping offenders turn their lives around if they are willing, lingers, particularly in the probation department.

“He practiced good-natured justice,” McKenney said.

“He was a true character,” former Judge David Fish said. “He was a raconteur and a bon vivant. And a mentor to me. I tried to pattern my judicial approach after his. He believed we had hard-working, hard-living folks who sometimes make mistakes. He would punish if it was necessary but not so as to put them in a hole.”

He said Weigand also had respect for attorneys and could differentiate between a passionate defense and disrespect.

Weigand was elected in 1989, taking the bench in 1990 and was re-elected two more times, finally retiring in 2007. He continued to adjudicate in retirement, however, filling in as a visiting judge in both Barberton and Summit County. Proud of his German heritage, according to McKenney, he leaves behind his wife, Caroline, daughters Lesley McCauley and Amy Griffin, grandchildren Megan and Michael McCauley and Owen and Anne Griffin. The funeral will be at St. Augustine Church in Barberton Oct. 3.

Retired Judge Michael Weigand presides at the investiture of Judge Jill Lanzinger as Judge Todd McKenney attends.


  1. janet troutman and family on October 1, 2020 at 11:48 pm

    we loved you

  2. John Frisby on September 30, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    He was one of the good ones. RIP

  3. Beth on September 29, 2020 at 9:24 am

    R.I.P. judge!

  4. William Kerner, Sr. on September 28, 2020 at 11:32 am

    God bless you, classmate and teammate Michael, for your good and faithful service to God, family, the legal profession, and to our JCU alma mater. May you rest in peace and may your wife Caroline and your daughters Amy and Lesley be comforted in their bereavements by their memories of your goodness.

  5. Gordon Priemer on September 27, 2020 at 2:44 pm

    I went to college with Mike at John Carroll University we played football together for four years Mike was always there always steady always performed at the highest level. What an asset and example to his family and community.

  6. Mark h otto on September 27, 2020 at 10:23 am

    RIP my friend you were a pillar to the community and so much more

  7. Harry Tipping on September 25, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    Mike was a true Man’s Man, a great Lawyer, a distinguished and respected Judge who always looked for the best in people and one of my long-standing best friends . I certainly will miss his counsel, conversation and him.

  8. Russ Smith on September 25, 2020 at 9:59 am

    He was like a breath of fresh air! His caring, intelligence, and lack of pretense will be missed by all of us.

  9. Russ Smith on September 25, 2020 at 9:49 am

    Judge Mike Weigand was like a breath of fresh air! And his caring, lack of pretense, and intelligence will be missed by all of us.

  10. Claude Collins on September 24, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    Mike, you were a true friend. I recall when you seemed to be the only prosecutor and you handled all the cases. I admired how you could resolve issues with your wit and humor. You gained the respect of all that knew you. When you were elected Judge, you truly represented the people and made the tough job look easy. Bless your family you leave behind and I say rest in peace.

  11. Jeff Mcclure on September 24, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    RIP, he was a good man.

  12. Vicki and Louie Hone on September 24, 2020 at 2:28 pm

    We will miss you Mike Weigand!!

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