Cynthia FAY
Age 67 Passed away peacefully on October 26, 2017 after living for two and half years with ALS. She was lovingly surrounded by family and friends who were honored to walk with her throughout her journey. She was preceded in death by her parents Charles and Ruth Fay and her sister Cheri Brakey, all of Williston, ND. She is survived by her wife of 29 years Kit Hadley, sister Elaine Kinnard (Dave) of Billings, MT, brother Brad Fay (Lisa) of Bismarck, ND, sister Stephanie Fay (Nancy Aarsvold) of Saint Paul; nieces Tonya Katcher (Robin), and Lisa Webster (John); nephews Chad Watterud (Dawn), Derek Watterud (Lai), Michael Brakey (Kessa), Brandon Fay, Austin Fay (Shelby), and Marcus Fay; and many loving cousins, grandnieces and grandnephews. In recent years, she particularly enjoyed being an honorary grandmother to her grandniece Evie. A graduate of Tufts Medical School, Cynthia was a physician with Health Partners, serving the community for over 35 years and retiring from the Inver Grove Heights Clinic. She was active throughout her life, horseback riding, running, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, canoeing, dancing, hiking and walking. She loved working with her hands, making stained glass and fused glass art, papermaking, cooking, home brewing, framing, wood-turning and carpentry, giving many beautiful gifts to all who crossed her path. Growing up a North Dakota farm girl, she grew to love her cabin in Cloverdale, MN, which she tended with care and shared generously, welcoming family, friends and neighbors. She is remembered as a woman of few words and strong presence, with a mischievous sense of humor and a deep moral compass. A celebration of life service is planned for Thursday, November 2nd at 5:00 p.m. at "Elements" on the 6th floor of the Science Museum of Minnesota in downtown Saint Paul. Gifts in memory may be made to Friends of the Mississippi River or The ALS Association.

Published by Pioneer Press from Oct. 29 to Oct. 30, 2017.
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As medical practices become more and more fragmented, we long for physicians with the intense dedication to their patients that Cynthia demonstrated. I continue to remember her as a trusted colleague and office mate in the Midway neighborhood of St. Paul.
Jim Hart
October 23, 2019
She was the best.
Donna Lofstrom
October 23, 2019
To all of Cynthia's family,
My family and I send all of you our sympathy in the great loss of Cynthia. I remember her best from childhood ... Sunday school, Epping Bible Camp, and then a year at the University.
Wonderful lady, wonderful family.
Linda Dallas Sharp
April 9, 2018
Kit -
I just learned of Cynthia's death yesterday. As you know, she was a trusted colleague of mine for a number of years. I am very sorry to have missed the memorial event. I hope our paths cross one of these days.
Jim Hart ([email protected])
Jim Hart
December 16, 2017
Dear Kit, I felt sure there was a reason I should look for you today. Knowing what a neat person you are, it is easy to know also how special she must have been. My condolences. Jan Hall, UA '71, Jan hall at
Jan Hall
November 17, 2017
Kit, so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you at this sad time.
Bill Levin
November 12, 2017
Hi Kit, We just heard about the passing of Cynthia, and want to extend our deepest condolences to you. Cynthia was an amazing MD to work with, and always enjoyed her sense of humor. It's, been many years since I last saw Cynthia, but every time we drove by the IGH HP Clinic, we would think of her. Always wanted to stop and just say hello!
We are so very sorry to learn she had ALS.
Our prayers are with you in this time of sadness.
Sharon Frick
November 3, 2017
Kit, my heart aches to know your beloved Cynthia has passed. She was a faithful woman, doctor, friend.
Anita Hill
November 2, 2017
Kit, Barbara and I are so sad to learn of Cynthia's passing. Much love to you and all your family.
Sharon Kinsmith
November 2, 2017
I used to see Dr Fay at Inver Grove HP many years ago, I am so sad to see that she has passed. My thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones and all who knew her and will miss her.
Tina G
November 1, 2017
I remember meeting Cynthia at CLM; she was always pleasant to the staff when she came thru. My condolences to you and her family.
Rochelle Henry
November 1, 2017
Kit, I am so sorry to hear about Cynthia. I know it's been many years since we've worked together, but you are still one of those amazing beacons that brightly when I think of days of agency past. I remember the first time I met Cynthia was on a work canoe trip down the St. Croix river. My husband had just started trying to get me to canoe. The river was so high that year, and was moving so fast. There were large trees down in the water we had to navigate and at one point, we all ended up under a flooded shelter to wait out a lightening storm. I remember pretty much wanting to cry the whole time because it was very much out of my wheel house, but you and Cynthia were just tooling along as if it were the most beautiful day ever, all laughing and soggy smiles. It really helped me maneuver through my anxiety and it turned out to be such a fun trip. I know you have a lifetime of great memories with Cynthia, and I hope they will carry you during this difficult time. My heart and hugs go out to you.
Tana Douville
November 1, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss...thinking of you,
Mary Regina Moore
Mpls Central Library
Mary Moore
October 31, 2017
Hi Kit,

I am so sorry that Cynthia is no longer physically here but very glad to know her suffering is finished. Although we met only one time, it was evident to me then that she loved life especially life with you. You and your family are in my thoughts.
Suzanne Best
October 31, 2017
My prayers and thoughts go out to the entire family. I am one of those individuals that Cynthia touched with all of her wisdom, strength and, yes, mischievous humor. Without Cynthia in my life, I would never have made it through medical school. She was near the "top" of the class and I was the foundation on which my class sat in our medical school class at UND! In fact, I frequently talk about her and her support. She helped me in many ways both personally and professionally. She cajorled me even more. She worked with me to get the ideas and concepts of the basic sciences down. And, most of all - she was a great friend. We have not talked in years. But from what I've read, she has not changed at all. The world benefited from her presence and she helped me in so many ways to become what I am today. Her love is present in the words of remembrance from her family. Her love and support continue to burn within me.
Kevin Fickenscher
October 30, 2017
Hi Kit,
I am sorry for your loss. Although I only met Cynthia a few times I so loved her spirit. The last time I saw her was when you both attended the 10-year anniversary celebration at the Minneapolis Central Library. I remember her standing at the railing with you and looking down into the atrium and Cynthia had a most joyous happy look on her face. What a great memory. Know that you are in my thoughts during this time. Peggy Woodling
Peggy Woodling
October 30, 2017
Hi Kit,
I am sorry for your loss. Although I only met Cynthia a few times I so loved her spirit. The last time I saw her was when you both attended the 10-year anniversary celebration at the Minneapolis Central Library. I remember her standing at the railing with you and looking down into the atrium and Cynthia had a most joyous happy look on her face. What a great memory. Know that you are in my thoughts during this time. Peggy Woodling
October 30, 2017
Kit, I am so sorry to hear of Cynthia's passing. My deepest sympathy go out to you and your family. Best wishes.
See Vang
October 30, 2017
Just a plain old good soul!

But really, not plain or old, just good. The world is less with her gone.
Scott Key
October 30, 2017
Thinking of all of you as you celebrate Cynthia's beautiful deep life, and grieve her physical absence. Grateful that her suffering is past. I didn't know that Cynthia went to Tufts! I will think of her when I drive by the campus, which is often. Love and light to all you in this great loss.
Karla Miller
October 30, 2017
We have good memories of hospitality on our trip to USA in 2000. A party was arranged for us in Cynthia' home, and an unforgetable trip to the cabin, together with Kit and Stephany. Our thoughts go to the family who has made strong ribbons to Relatives in Norway
Sigrun Hegge Skjesol
October 30, 2017
I knew Dr. Fay as my father's physician for over 20 years. She was wonderful with dad and provided outstanding care. I am so sorry to read the news of her passing. My condolences to her loved ones.

Beth Charan
October 29, 2017
Cynthia lived her life...being authentic and true..we are blessed to have been friends. Kindness and intelligence through the years, depth of Spirit and love of life, family, friends, and community.
Jan Baker
October 29, 2017
Dr. Fay was my primary care physician for 20 years, she was with me through 5 different cancer diagnoses. She was a caring and compassionate physician. I remember being devastated when she told me she had ALS, it seemed so unfair. My prayers and thoughts are with Kit and her family. I trust the many happy memories you developed over the years will sustain you as you mourn.
Elizabeth McBride
October 29, 2017
Brad, sorry to hear of your sisters passing.
Peace be with all of you who mourn.
Roger and Sandy
Roger & Sandy Kohlman
October 29, 2017
I know how much Tonya and Robin and little evie loved you.
We are sad to hear of this loss. Our sincere condolences to you and your family.
Margaret's DeCoux
October 29, 2017
Kit, I'm so sorry to read this news. My best to you in the days ahead.
Glenn Miller
October 29, 2017
I want to send all my love to kit and the Fay's I know she will be missed greatly . I am sending all my love to you all cousin Pam
Pamela Hawley Haugen
October 29, 2017
She was a great dr. Will be missed.
Donna Lofstrom
October 29, 2017
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