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The Detroit Jewish News, 2006-07-20

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Jacqueline Perrault-Victor of Detroit, Steven

I. Victor of Bloomfield Hills, Julie Victor of
Chicago and David Victor of Bloomfield Hills


Arlene Victor Memorial Garden

JCC garden honors Arlene Victor's legacy.

considered her a friend and supporter. Victor was known
as a passionate and vocal champion for women's rights
and someone who regularly spoke out about recycling,
military spending and other societal concerns.
he late Arlene Victor of Bloomfield Hills was
"She drew equal admiration from grocery store clerks
dedicated to helping make the world a better,
and U.S. senators alike said Jackie. "We need to keep her
more peaceful place. So, it's fitting that a quiet
voice alive in our minds as we buy groceries, as we throw
place of peace and beauty at the Jewish Community
away our garbage, as we read the newspaper and as we
Center in West Bloomfield now stands in her memory.
vote. This is the Arlene Victor I hope this garden will
More than 125 family members, friends and political
keep alive through the heat of summer and the dormant
allies gathered at the site of a memorial garden named
days of winter. I hope members of the JCC who walk
for Victor to take part in an official dedication ceremony
through this beautiful entranceway that my dad so lov-
June 25.
ingly created in my mom's memory will appreciate that
"My mom would have loved the idea of providing a
they are walking in the midst of great beauty and in the
safe contained space of beauty where people could take
footsteps of great truth."
refuge," said her daughter Julie of Chicago. "She would be
Attendees at the garden dedication included family
moved, if not surprised, to see us gathered together to
members Steven Victor of Bloomfield Hills; Kelly and
honor her."
David Victor of Birmingham; Clyde
"If Arlene were here today, she
Partner of Chicago; Ann Perrault of
would invite us to enjoy the beauty
Detroit; Sharon and Joe Fineman
and splendor of this glorious gar-
of Los Angeles; Susan and Dick
den," added her other daughter,
Gutow of Ann Arbor; Marianne and
Jackie of Detroit. "She would invite
Jay Victor of Bloomfield Hills and
us to appreciate the resources we're
Arlene Victor's six grandchildren.
so privileged to enjoy and ask us to
Also in the crowd were Kim
use this inspiration to further our
Lifton, Joan and Stuart Davidson,
quest for a more just, peaceful and
and Josh Lerner, all of Huntington
safer world for our children."
Woods; Lorraine and Dr. Leonard
Arlene Victor died almost four
Lerner of West Bloomfield; Baylee
years ago at the age of 68 after a
Shulman and Joan Israel, both
long battle with cancer. She was a
of Franklin; Helen Rowin of
nationally recognized social activist,
Southfield; Barbara and.Doug
political fundraiser and philanthro-
Bloom of Birmingham; and Anabel
pist. Michigan's U.S. Sens. Carl Levin
Cohen, Ellen Labes and Peter Alter,
and Debbie Stabenow, Gov. Jennifer
Irwin Alterman, JCC president
all of Bloomfield Hills. E
Granholm and other political leaders

Robin Schwartz
Special to the Jewish News

Lerner of


Woods and


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Vicp,ri of



is wife, Kelly.
In her arms,

in, 1, Robert, 3,
lower left and

George, 6, center

July 20 . 2006


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