Wha Sei Park Kim

wha park kim

January 18, 1937 ~ September 10, 2020

Wha Sei Park Kim, of Fort Lee, passed away at Holy Name Hospital, on September 10, 2020. She was 83 years old.

Wha Sei was born in Seoul, South Korea. She graduated from Kyunggi Girls High School and Methodist Theological Seminary. She immigrated to America in 1963.

Wha Sei’s joys in life were plenty. She was a “servant” and took great pleasure in serving others, especially her family and faith community. She was known as “the hostess with the mostest” with her warm hospitality, kindness and energy. She was called “the model pastor’s wife” as she worked tirelessly to cultivate a thriving church community and support her husband to become the first Korean United Methodist Bishop in America. She was a caring advocate for many Korean immigrants, including Korean orphans, helping them navigate a new country. She was also an enthusiastic promoter of Korean culture and enjoyed sharing Korean food, music and customs to many people. Gracious and generous to a fault, Wha Sei always had a smile on her face as she lived a busy and fulfilling life, in service to others.

Surviving are her loving husband of 57 years, Hae Jong Kim; son Eugene Kim and wife SuLi; son Eusun Kim and wife JaYoung; daughter Eumi Wymbs and husband Keith, as well as her adoring grandchildren SunYoung, SunHee, Emily and Noah.

Funeral arrangements: Viewing begins at 9am at Korean Community Church of New Jersey: 147 Tenafly Rd, Englewood; Memorial service at 10am at Korean Community Church of New Jersey; Burial service at 11:30 at George Washington Memorial Park. Livestream at youtube: kccnj

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Wha Sei’s name may be made to the Korean Community Church of New Jersey – “Missions” at 147 Tenafly Rd., Englewood, NJ 07631.


Religious Service: September 15, 2020 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Korean Community Church of New Jersey
147 Tenafly Road
Englewood, NJ

Visitation: September 15, 2020 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Korean Community Church of New Jersey
147 Tenafly Road
Englewood, NJ

Burial: September 15, 2020 11:45 am - 12:00 am

George Washington Memorial Park
Paramus & Century Roads
Paramus, NJ 07653-0021

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  1. Wha Sei was a beautiful person radiating her love for all through her words and deeds. We first met her when Bishop Kim was assigned to Western New York Area conferences. She was immediately loved by all and became involved in the life of the churches. We have fond memories of her personal friendship and gracious presence. Charles (Buzz) and Joan Grimm

  2. Bishop Kim and family,
    As a member of the Western NY Cabinet my husband, Jim, and I were the recipients of wha Sei’s
    gracious hospitality many times. We also were blessed to travel to Korea and visit that beautiful country under her guidance. We have many wonderful memories of those times.
    We are sorry for your loss but trust that God will surround you with love and compassion during the days ahead.
    Shiela Swanger

  3. My wife, Beverly, and I want to extend our love and condolence to you, Hae Jong, and your family. Wha Sei was a wonderful and gracious orchestrator of events which enabled fellowship and adventure. I was privileged to serve on the cabinet of the Western New York Conference and experienced this during special occasions in the Bishop's residence, as well as during the trip to South Korea in 1992. She and Bishop Kim visited our home on the district and made our children feel like they had special friends and family.

    Love, Jeff and Bev Crawford

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