Soon Ja Kim (nee Yoon) passed away at 10:20pm on December 28, 2019. She was 95 years old.
Mrs. Kim was born on November 18, 1924 to Bong Yoon (father) and Yae Kim (mother) in Seoul, South Korea. She was married 28 years to Yoon Hwan Kim until his death in 1970. Her family was of high political standing until the end of the Korean monarchy. She received a high school diploma during a time few Koreans were educated. Her dream was to attend college, but was unable to fulfill this wish, so she instilled in all her children the love of higher learning, making sure they got a minimum of at least a high school diploma when families in Korea couldn’t afford to send their children to school.
Soon Ja Kim lived an incredible life for a woman of her time. She endured the annexation of Korea, Korean independence, WWII, and the Korean War. In 1982, she emigrated to the United States to be nearer to her children and grandchildren, helping to raise her grandchildren, as love of family was very important to her.
She enjoyed singing, reading and sewing. She even taught her oldest granddaughter how to knit. Favorite song was the Korean anthem and she enjoyed peppermint candy. She was often caught chewing bubble gum and was known to have bubble blowing contests with her grandchildren, which she always won. Mrs. Kim spoke three languages – Korean, Japanese and Chinese. Her love and talent for cooking was passed down to her eldest daughter, Myong Ja, who would open August Moon Restaurant in Norristown in 1994.
Mrs. Kim was proud to be Korean and very independent, passing on this trait to her children and grandchildren. She is survived by her five children and their spouses, Myong Ja Kim (05/23/1945), Wha Ja Kim (08/12/1948), Ki Hong Kim (04/01/1953), Chung Hae Kim (08/10/1958) and Ki June Kim (01/02/1963); nine grandchildren and their spouses; seven great-grandchildren. She will be dearly missed.
Viewing will be held Monday, December 30, 2019 from 7:00pm – 8:00pm at Raffeo-DiCecco Memorial Home. Funeral services will be on December 31, 2019 at 9:00am. A private burial will be held on Friday, January 3, 2020.
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