The friends and family of the victims of the Metro-North derailment are in the painful process of saying goodbye, and a wake was held Friday evening for the Queens woman who died. NY1's Magee Hickey filed the following report.
There were tears and hugs Friday from a huge family of nurses who mourned together, remembering a loving Kisook Ahn who always had a smile on her face.
"Had a huge family here," said Laura Schneider, nursing director at Sunshine Children's Home. "Maybe not her family from Korea, but her friends, she had a huge family here."
The 34-year-old nurse was killed in Sunday's Metro-North train derailment as she headed home from working the overnight shift at the Sunshine Children's Home and Rehab Center in Ossining.
Some of her colleagues said that the 54 chronically ill children she helped put to bed every night still keep asking for nurse Ahn to help them fall asleep.
"Sweetest person, full of joy and warmth and kindness to everyone, the children and the babies and the children that she took care of, she just always there for everyone, and always with a smile."
Kisook Ahn came from Korea in 2008. She studied nursing at Lehman College, getting her master's degree there in 2009.
"She was working where she wanted to be, taking care of children with complex problems," said Catherine Alicia Georges, the chair of nursing at Lehman College. "This was quite a shocker for all of us. We look forward to her doing so much more."
Kisook Ahn loved her job at Sunshine Children's Home so much, she had just told her placement director she wanted to become a permanent resident of the United States.
"Sadly, last week, we got the approval notice that she actually was on her way to getting her green card," said Sheldon Meikle, the director of Perfect Choice Staffing. "She actually had also helped bridge the gap between the Korean community and the local nursing community as well. She is the embodiment of a nurse."
The funeral for Kisook Ahn will be held at St. Sebastian's Church in Woodside.