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Isabel Q. "Betsy" Tiongson, 71, Logansport, passed away at 12:24 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, in St. Vincent's Hospital, Indianapolis following complications from injuries she sustained in an automobile accident in 2016.
Born Aug. 12, 1946, in Tarlac City, Philippines, she was the daughter of the late Constante Quirino, M.D. and Remedios (Pineda) Quirino.
On June 10, 1972, in the Manila Cathedral in Manila, Philippines, she was married to Atanacio H. "Nandy" Tiongson, M.D., who survives.
Betsy was a 1962 graduate of the Holy Spirit Academy in Tarlac, Philippines. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in foreign service at the Maryknoll College in Quezon City, Philippines in 1966. She completed her Master of Arts in political science at the University of Cincinnati in 1968. From 1968-69, Betsy studied French at the University of Fribourg and the Berlitz School of Languages in Switzerland and then traveled to Madrid, Spain to study Spanish at Mangold University.
From 1969-1972, Betsy was a professor in world history and international relations at the Philippine Women's University. During that time, she served as a program assistant with The Fund for Assistance to Private Education, helping students earn scholarships. After moving to the United States, she worked in New York City for the Media Payment Corporation from 1974-77. From 1977-79, she served as Secretary to the Ambassador of Kuwait at the United Nations in New York.
In March of 1979, Betsy and Nandy moved to Logansport where he began practicing ophthalmology. From 1995-97, Betsy was the president of the Association of Philippine Ophthalmologists in America Alliance (APOA). She was a member of the Association of Philippine Physicians in America Auxiliary (APPA), the Indiana State Medical Association Auxiliary (ISMA), Indiana Philippine Medical Association Auxiliary (IPMA) and the Cass County Medical Auxiliary.
Betsy was a member of All Saints Catholic Church and had served as a member of the All Saints Catholic School Board.
She loved to travel. Betsy enjoyed playing the piano. She was a devoted wife and mother loved by everyone who knew her. Simply put, Betsy was an absolute joy to be around.
Surviving with her husband of 46 years, Dr. Nandy Tiongson, are one daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth Ann "Lisa" and Anthony Schaefer, of Fishers; one son and daughter-in-law, Alan Paul and Lyn Tiongson, of Lincolnshire, Illinois; siblings Greg P. (Lellie) Quirino, M.D., of Westlake, Ohio, Constante P. (Sonia) Quirino, Jr. of Philippines, Elpidio P. (Betty Ann) Quirino, of Flanders, New Jersey; and Alicia P. Quirino Jacinto, M.D. (Lito, M.D.) of Richmond, Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada; her beloved grandchildren, Jude, Greta and Kai Schaefer; a new granddaughter who will soon be born to Alan and Lyn; and several nieces and nephews.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at All Saints Catholic Church with Fr. Dominic Petan and Fr. Ben Okonkwo (Chaplain at St. Vincent's Hospital) officiating.
Entombment will follow in Ever Rest Memorial Park.
Friends will be received from 3-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16 at Fisher Funeral Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to All Saints Catholic Parish.
You may share messages of condolences, memories and photos on Betsy's Tribute Wall and view her video at www.fisherfuneralchapel.com
Published on February 9, 2018
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