Veronique Liane Leininger-Halpern
March 22, 1955 - July 20, 2021
Veronique Liane Leininger-Halpern passed away at home on July 20, 2021 after a lengthy illness and a tremendous fighting spirit to the end. The term "joie de vivre" perfectly describes how she lived her life. No one loved fun, family and friends as much as our Veronique.
Veronique was born on March 22, 1955 in Paris, France. She immigrated to the U.S. in 1959 with her parents, Maurice and Liane, whereupon they settled in Phoenix, AZ. One of Veronique's favorite memories was walking off the airplane at four years old and seeing the faces of her cousins Domino and Greg pressed up against the fence, anxious to meet their Parisian cousin. Being smart as a whip, Veronique took to English quickly and was soon speaking fluently, often interpreting for her family.
Veronique attended Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, class of 1973, and was a member of the National Honor Society. She then attended the University of Arizona and graduated with a degree in French, with minors in Spanish and International Business. She studied at the Sorbonne in Paris during her junior year, and not long after graduation she moved to France full-time for the majority of her 20s working for the French equivalent of Kelly Services. She often reflected on her travels during that time, from the streets of Paris, to the Alps of Talloires, to one of her favorite locations, Greece, telling endless stories of her adventures. She moved back to Arizona in 1985 to assist her father in his company, Vineyards of France, and for a time ran a division importing beers. Additionally, she earned her real estate license and assisted with her brother's Judo Dojo. Soon after she met her husband Bill, and in 1994 they had their one and only daughter, Victoria. Veronique and Victoria were mother and daughter traveling buddies, each other's best audiences, connected at the hip, and at the end of the day, very best friends. She never turned down an adventure with Victoria, even when that meant zip lining, parasailing, star gazing, night snorkeling with manta rays in Hawaii, and even getting matching tattoos. She loved the water and was most at home on the beach anywhere, anytime. She and Bill were also best friends. Whether they were traveling to Santa Monica, California as they did often, or just sitting down and watching movies at home, they never ran out of things to talk about and could always make each other laugh, a true cornerstone of their nearly 35-year relationship.
Her love of learning, travel, culture, and the French language stayed with her throughout her life, eventually leading to a wildly successful, colorful career as a French teacher at Pinnacle High School for the last 21 years. A running theme throughout her work experiences was an incredible work ethic, and an endlessly positive, welcoming attitude. It seems as though no matter what work she was doing, she loved it and she was happy, and she gained so much from imparting the wonders of France onto her students and inspiring them to also live life to their fullest and take a chance to see the world, just as she had done.
Veronique was preceded in death by her father, Maurice, and is survived by her mother, Liane, husband, Bill, daughter, Victoria, and her younger brothers, Christophe and Bryan. She has numerous family members both here and in France with whom she maintained a very close relationship and loved very much. She loved animals and dogs, and fell in a special love with Corgis, one of whom, Spanky, misses her and loves her very much.
Due to the rise in Covid infections, there will be a private family service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of the Valley or the Arizona Humane Society.
She is our angel and nothing will ever separate us. Au revoir et bonne nuit, ma chérie. À bientôt, je t'aime.
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