Friends and family gathered at Saint Sebastian's Church in Woodside on Saturday to say goodbye to Kisook Ahn, the 35-year-old Queens woman killed in last weekend's Metro-North train derailment. NY1's Rocco Vertuccio filed the following report.
Saturday was full of tears and sadness for the woman who usually made everyone smile and brought them so much happiness.
"She will be missed by all of us badly for sure,” said friend Hyuno Kong.
Dozens said goodbye to Kisook Ahn at her funeral mass Saturday morning at St. Sebastian Catholic Church in Woodside. Ahn was killed in the Metro-North train derailment last weekend.
She was heading home from working the overnight shift at the Sunshine Children's Home in Ossining when the train derailed in the Bronx. Ahn worked with severely ill children.
"She was very loved by the children and all co-workers,” Kong said.
Ahn was 35 years old. She came here from Korea in 2008. She became a nurse after attending Lehman College in the Bronx. Many other Korean nurses who attended the same program, but did not know Ahn personally, also came to pay their respects.
"She overcame everything, even though she had a hard time to survive this life, but she still help so many people,” said nurse Annie Kim.
Ahn did not have any family in the U.S. Her brother and brother-in law traveled from Korea to attend the funeral. They are grateful to Ahn's friends and colleagues who became her American family.
"He is deeply impressed the people who come here today,” said brother Jinwon Ahn through an interpreter.
Ahn's brother told us his sister was determined to come here to become a nurse because her own nephew, his son, was ill in Korea. She promised him she would do whatever it takes to help treat him.
"She loved children especially her nephews, niece,” said the brother through a translator.
Ahn was trying to get her green card so she could become a permanent resident here. Instead, she will return to Korea after being cremated.