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Faye L. Magneson April 30, 1953 - June 18, 2014 GRANGER - Faye Lynn Magneson, 61, of Granger, IN, passed away on Wednesday, June 18th, in her residence from the effects of suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) for the past eight years. Faye was born April 30, 1953, in Indianapolis, IN. She was the beloved daughter of Norma Magneson of Mishawaka, IN, and the late Berney Magneson; the devoted wife of Thomas Seiffert; the loving mother to Ellen Seiffert (Alexander Orem) of Norwich, VT, and Kristin Seiffert (Joseph Bonczkowski) of Brooklyn, NY; and dear sister of Beth Kemph (Christopher) of St. Louis, MO, and Britt Magneson of Harwich Port, MA. Dr. Faye Magneson, MD, practiced Internal Medicine in the South Bend area for 18 years. She received her medical degree from Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University in 1979. She completed her residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in 1982 and was chief resident in 1983. Her undergraduate work was completed at the University of Northern Colorado. Faye served as the director of Medicine courses at Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend (IUSM-SB) and had been a member of the IUSM-SB faculty since 1992. Even after her diagnosis, Faye continued to teach and design courses which became models for similar courses throughout the IUSM system. Established at the medical school in 2006 is the Faye Magneson Scholarship Fund named in honor of her outstanding work at the IU School of Medicine-South Bend. This award is to be given annually to a medical student from the northern Indiana area who demonstrates the values that Faye taught during her professional career: listening intently to her patients' stories and to hold them in the highest regard. She was a member of the Board of Directors for Memorial Hospital Health System and had served as its secretary. She was a longtime member of Sunnyside Presbyterian Church and a recipient of the Council of the Sagamore of the Wabash in 2004. Faye was a popular physician who, although stopping her practice of seeing patients in 2004, continued to be beloved and respected by hundreds of her patients. Among her many awards she was most proud of receiving the Outstanding Physician Award in 2009, the Outstanding Professor in Basic Science in 2007, and the ALS TDI Leadership Award in 2005 because of her strong leadership within the South Bend Community to battle this disease. Because of her leadership and courage, the Friends for Faye organization has raised over $1,200,000 to aid ALSTDI in searching for a cure for this disease. Faye was a person of incredible spirit throughout her life. She was an avid skier and tennis player. She loved to travel with her family and friends. She also took up golf right before her diagnosis. She had a fabulous sense of humor that remained with her until the end. As a testimony to her spirit and zest for life, after her diagnosis, she became an accomplished painter and bridge player, for Faye refused to be defined by her disease. As an eminent physician she always put her patients' needs before her own. As a devoted mother, her children were the most important of all. Throughout her life she was always there for those in need. The gift of her life to her friends and to her family is that although her life was cut much too short, she demonstrated empathy and compassion for everyone who knew her. She was beloved by all who knew her and was a larger than life woman of humor, integrity and generosity. A memorial celebration of Faye's life will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, June 20th, in Sunnyside Presbyterian Church, 115 S. Frances St., with Rev. James B. Miller officiating. The family will receive friends in the church today, June 19th, from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Sunnyside Presbyterian Church, 115 S. Frances St., South Bend, IN 46617; or the Faye Magneson Scholarship (81 81730), IU School of Medicine-South Bend, 1234 Notre Dame Ave., South Bend, IN 46617. Welsheimer Family Funeral Home and Crematory assisted the family with arrangements. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at www.welsheimer.com.


Published in South Bend Tribune on June 19, 2014
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