Victoria Alexander passed away on Sunday May 17, 2009, following a short battle with cancer. Victoria Michele "Vicki" Alexander was born March 18, 1954, in Wisconsin, where she lived with her adoptive parents Robert C. Alexander and Lorry Alexander. Robert was employed as a hospital chaplain. Vicki moved with her parents to Indianapolis, Indiana, in the 1950s and to Cherokee in 1967.
In the 1970s she performed several gigs in Detroit, Mich., and eventually made her home in Detroit. She was a multi-talented musician, playing and performing on many different woodwind instruments (especially baritone saxophone). Vicki became friends with and performed routinely with many notable jazz musicians in Detroit, including Joe Hunter and other members of the Funk Brothers, as well as the Teddy Harris Bebop Society.
Vicki was a band musician for major touring Motown acts. Vicki is survived by her father, Robert C. Alexander, his brothers John "Cal" Alexander, Bruce B. Alexander, and David G. Alexander, and by David's daughter Caroline Alexander who became a dear friend to Vicki.
Also surviving Vicki are her good friends of a lifetime, including Belle Schleef, Hattie Marie Schleef, Jim Adamson and Joe Schleef; Father Gene Sitzmann, and musicians John Berrigan and Paul Sleezer. Vicki is also survived by her many friends in music in the Detroit area, including Bobby Welch, Alan Marschke, Mark Berger and Ed Wolfrum, and her Indiana friends Denise Redmond and Banjo Bob Walkowski.
Musical tribute Thursday May 28, 8 p.m. at Bert's Marketplace, 2739 Russell.
Service will be 10 a.m. May 29 at Assumption Grotto Catholic Church, 13770 Gratiot, Detroit, MI.