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bfealk Donating Member (420 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 06:14 AM
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Sander Levin's wife, Vicki, dies at 74
Rep. Sander Levins wife Victoria Levin dies at 74
ROYAL OAK (AP) Victoria Levin, the wife of U.S. Rep. Sander Levin and an advocate for research on childrens mental health issues, died Thursday, the congressmans office said. She was 74.
Vicki Levin had struggled for several months with breast cancer and died peacefully early Thursday morning surrounded by her family, Levins office said.
She was married to the congressman for more than 50 years and served as his close political adviser. Before Levin was elected to Congress in 1982, she worked full-time on her husbands gubernatorial campaigns in 1970 and 1974.
In a statement, the congressmans family called the Levin marriage a half-century partnership that served as a very public model of love, shared public service and progressive advocacy for so many people in Michigan and Washington, D.C.
Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., the congressmans younger brother, credited his sister-in-law for her ability to nurture and help keep steady her large and active family, while excelling at her own independent professional career.
Vicki Levin worked for nearly three decades as a science research officer for several agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Her interest in children with mental health challenges prompted her husband to lead an effort to rewrite Michigans special education laws while he served as a state senator.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Levin was survived by four children, Jennifer Levin Pensler, of Chevy Chase, Md.; Andrew Levin, of Bloomfield Township, Mich.; Madeleine Levin, of Silver Spring, Md.; and Matt Levin, of Montpelier, Vt., and eight grandchildren.
Services for Levin will be held Sunday at the Ira Kaufman Chapel in Southfield.
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noonwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 08:11 AM
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1. Sander is my congressman, this is so sad.
My condolences to his family. He is a great congressman.
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SharonRB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-05-08 10:04 AM
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2. Mine, too
The services are at 1:30 on Sunday afternoon.
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PassingFair Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-06-08 11:33 PM
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3. I met her once at a union fundraiser. She was a very gracious woman.
Came and sat with me and talked with me
about her work AND was interested in mine.

R.I.P.
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SharonRB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-07-08 09:43 AM
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4. Yes, she was extremely gracious
She will be greatly missed.

I'm planning to go to the funeral today.
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livvy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-09-08 05:10 AM
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5. How sad! I didn't know...guess I should force myself to watch local news more often.
You could tell when you saw them together, and heard him speak of her, what a great and loving partnership they had.

This is truly sad news. Condolences to the family and friends.
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