In Memory of
Viviane Setton Behar
May 2nd, 1935 - April 12th, 2020
Viviane was born in Cairo, Egypt nearly 85 years ago. She was the eldest daughter of four children with three younger brothers, Victor, Joshua, and Morris Setton. She married Samuel Behar in 1956, and six months later they were expelled from Egypt, and emigrated to Israel. She had two children, Marc and Rena. Following Samuel's military service in the Israeli Six Day War, the family immigrated to the United States in 1968 to join Viviane's family who had previously settled.
They lived in Brooklyn for more than 20 years before moving to Long Island. Viviane was known for her sweet and gentle disposition with a perpetual and warm smile on her face. She was fluent in four languages, but loved to converse in French, her native tongue.
Her greatest joys in life were her vast family -- her husband, children, brothers, sister-in-laws, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews -- and her two grandchildren, Bryce and Jackie. Above all, she loved to celebrate! She looked forward to holidays and special occasions, giving her the perfect opportunity to dress up in vibrantly colored fashions reflective of her joie de vivre, and reconnect with those she loved. She was grateful to family that prepared special meals for her, and graciously would say "bless your hands." Viviane was first to wish family a happy birthday, with cards and presents always arriving early.
In later life, she suffered from chronic heart disease and diabetes which she never allowed to quell her spirit. With these underlying illnesses, she sadly was not strong enough to fight the Coronavirus and passed alone in a Rehab/Nursing Center.
Given the current climate, it's been difficult to pay proper tribute to Viviane's life. We're hoping that one way to continue her legacy of generosity and good heartedness is to give back. In Viviane's honor, we are establishing a fund for donations to The American Heart Association (AHA). Since the inception of the pandemic, the AHA has been on the front lines combatting COVID-19 in the following ways:
· The AHA has committed $2.5 million to fast-track research grants to better understand COVID-19 and its interaction with the body’s cardiovascular and cerebrovascular systems.
· AHA’s invested $14 million to create a new Strategically Focused Research Network on Health Technologies and Innovation, which includes COVID-19-related research.
· The AHA are helping to meet the needs of our healthcare workers by launching a new course on Oxygenation and Ventilation for COVID patients in response to the shortage of masks and ventilators, and offering training on how to safely administer CPR.
· There are many more ways the AHA is combatting COVID-19, which can be found at www.heart.org/coronavirus
Their need for support is greater than ever as there are over 120 million Americans that have underlying heart conditions. That population may be at higher risk for more serious complications from COVID-19.
With our sincerest gratitude,
Claire & Marc Behar