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Metro-North derailment victim remembered at Queens funeral

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THE COURIER/Photos by Cristabelle Tumola

Metro-North derailment victim Kisook Ahn was a dedicated nurse who was driven to pursue her career in America because of her love for an autistic nephew, said mourners at her funeral on Saturday.

The funeral for Ahn was held Saturday morning at  Saint Sebastian Roman Catholic Church, in Woodside, where the 35-year-old was a member.

Ahn was coming home after she had finished the night shift as a registered nurse at Sunshine Children’s Home and Rehab Center in Ossining, N.Y. when she lost her life in the Dec. 1 train accident.

Those in attendance at the service included friends, fellow parishioners as well as Ahn’s brother and brother-in-law who flew in from her native South Korea Wednesday.

Following the funeral, her brother Jin-Won Ahn, speaking through a translator and holding a photo of his sister in her gap and gown, said she “came here to pursue her dreams.”

He described his sister as a caring and loving aunt. Jin-Won said she came to America to study nursing because his eight-year-old son has autism and she wanted to learn more about it.

“[My sister] promised to me,” he said.

Jin-Won also said that is the reason she worked at Sunshine Children’s Home, where she provided care for medically complex children.

Ahn’s brother holds a photo of his sister following her funeral.

Ahn arrived in the U.S. from South Korea in 2008 as part of Lehman College’s exchange program with Sungshin Women’s University. In 2009, she completed an accelerated bachelor’s degree in nursing and received a master’s degree in the school’s family nurse practitioner program in 2012.

Catherine Alicia Georges, chair of Lehman College’s nursing department and a former teacher of Ahn, who attended the funeral, said Ahn “exemplified everything we wanted to see in a graduate.”

“[She was] somebody who was humanistic, who thought critically, who really cared about people regardless of where they come from. And that’s how we want to remember her as a truly dedicated and professional nurse,” said Georges.

In memory of her, the Lehman College Foundation and Perfect Choice Staffing, which was sponsoring Ahn for permanent residency, has established The Kisook Ahn Fund for Korean Nurses at Lehman College, which will help nursing students at the school.

Checks should be made out to “Lehman College Foundation/Kisook-Ahn” and sent to: Lehman College Foundation, Shuster Hall 310, 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, NY 10468.

Jin-Won said he “was deeply impressed” by all the people, including co-workers and classmates, who came to the funeral Saturday.

The family plans on having a funeral service for Ahn in South Korea after bringing her cremated remains there, said Jin-Won.

When asked if he was planning to file legal action against the MTA, Jin-Won said he is “consulting with a few lawyers.”




Co-workers mourn Queens nurse who died in Metro-North derailment

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Kisook Ahn dedicated her life to helping others. It was one of the last things she did before she lost her own life.

The 35-year-old Woodside resident had just finished the night shift as a registered nurse the morning of December 1 when the Metro-North train she was riding in derailed in the Bronx, killing her and three others.

“She always had a big, bright smile on her face, even after working 12 hours,” said Linda Mosiello, administrator at the Sunshine Children’s Home and Rehab Center where Ahn was employed.

“She loved to make the kids smile no matter how sick they were,” Mosiello continued.

Ahn started working at the Ossining, N.Y. nursing facility in 2010, where she provided care for medically complex children, according to Mosiello.

She left the job briefly to finish classes at Lehman College where she was pursuing her masters in nursing as a nurse practitioner, said Mosiello, but had been working at Sunshine full-time since 2012.

Ahn came to the U.S. from Korea late in 2008 through a program for nurses, in conjunction with Perfect Choice Staffing.

According to Mosiello, Ahn has no relatives in the U.S.

Sheldon Meikle, Perfect Choice Staffing’s international director, said the Korean Consulate and the MTA are working together to help with funeral arrangements and to bring her family members to the U.S.

The staff is also helping the family come to the U.S. and is in the process of putting together a fund, said Mosiello. If anyone would like to contribute, they can contact Sunshine through its website, www.sunshinechildrenshome.org.

Ahn was remembered in a private service at Sunshine on Monday, December 2.

“I think it comforted the staff to come together and mourn [Ahn],” said Mosiello. “She was a very warm, loving woman. She was a great team player.”

In addition to the four killed, of the approximately 150 people aboard, 71 people were injured when the seven-car train, coming from Poughkeepsie and heading to Grand Central Terminal, jumped the tracks near the Spuyten Duyvil station around 7:20 a.m., according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and MTA.

At a press briefing on December 2, the NTSB said the locomotive was traveling at approximately 82 mph as it entered a 30 mph curve, according to preliminary information from the train’s event recorders.