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Family of Metro-North Victim to Hold Funeral in Queens

By Katie Honan | December 4, 2013 2:50pm
 Ahn, 35, was a registered nurse at a children's facility.
Ahn, 35, was a registered nurse at a children's facility.
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Courtesy Sunshine Childrens Home

WOODSIDE — A funeral service for Kisook Ahn, the pediatric nurse killed in Sunday's Metro-North train derailment, will take place at her home church near her home in Woodside, Queens, her friends said Wednesday.

A funeral is planned for 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at St. Sebastian's Church in Woodside, where Ahn, 35, was a parishioner, according to a church official.

Ahn was one of four passengers killed when the Metro-North train she was riding after working a 12-hour shift at the Sunshine Children's Home and Rehab Center in Ossining derailed in the Bronx on Sunday morning.

Ahn lived with roommates in a third-floor apartment on 61st Street in Woodside, but didn't have any family in the United States, according to Sheldon Meikle, the director of the job placement program that worked with Ahn.

Meikle said Ahn's relatives arrived from South Korea Wednesday to identify her body and plan her funeral.

Investigators found that the train's engineer didn't hit the brakes for the sharp curve until just seconds before the morning crash, and sources told DNAinfo that he dozed off at the controls, bringing the train into a sharp curve at 52 miles over the speed limit.

She was remembered by the administrator at the Sunshine Children's Home and Rehab Center as a hard-working nurse with a "passion" for treating the center's patients, many with severe illnesses.

"She had a real passion for taking care of children, and she's really going to be missed," Linda Mosiello told DNAinfo on Monday, adding that it was a "tough day" for the nurses.