Nov. 15, 1935 - April 15, 2013
ELKHART — Hyun Sook Kim, 77, passed away Monday, April 15, 2013, in her home.
She was born Nov. 15, 1935, in Sunchun, Korea, to Bong Oh and Soon Bin (Kang) Kim.
She married Chong Yol Kim on Oct. 14, 1955, in Seoul, Korea.
He survives along with her son, Daniel K. (MiSook) Kim of Ridgeland, Miss.; daughter Ruth Y. (John) Park of Fond du Lac, Wis.; grandchildren Hannah S. (Andrew) Kim of Atlanta, Ga., 1st Lt. Ryan J. Kim, currently serving in Afghanistan, Rebecca E. Kim of Austin, Texas, and Andrew Park of Fond du Lac; her mother; three brothers, SaeKeun (Ok Sil) Kim of Warner Springs, Calif., YooKeun (Wha Ok) Kim of Knoxville, Tenn., and HaeKeun (Moon Ju) Kim of Taegu, South Korea.
She was preceded in death by her father, Bong Oh Kim, and two brothers, Hyun Keun and Yong Keun.
Grandma Kim, as she was lovingly called by many, was a refugee during the Korean War, escorting her five younger brothers (ages 2 to 12 years) from the North to the South in 1950. She graduated from Kyung Nam Girls High School in Pusan, Korea, and Han Kook Education College in Seoul with a degree in preschool education. In 1963, she immigrated with her husband and children to the United States, ultimately settling in Elkhart, where she resided for over 45 years. With her devout faith as her guide, she lived and worked fearlessly and tirelessly to spread goodwill and understanding in the community. She served many years as a volunteer at the Salvation Army, East Lake Nursing Home, and His Helping Hand of Zion Missionary Church.
In 1977, she was one of the pioneers in forming the Michiana Korean Church, where she served as a senior deacon until her death. As part of the church’s outreach, her mission was to assist and guide the settlement of Korean newcomers in the area. Her quick smile and helping hand will be missed by all who knew her.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 19, 2013, at Chapel Hill Funeral Home in Osceola. There will also be one hour of calling prior to the 5 p.m. funeral service Saturday, April 20, 2013, at Michiana Korean Church, 29400 C.R. 10, Elkhart. A private burial will follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.
In her memory, donations may be made to the Michiana Korean Church.
Online condolences may be sent to her family at www.chapelhillmemorial.com.