Obituary

 

Katherine Jae Nolan

April 6, 1968 - July 01, 2017

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BIOGRAPHY

Katherine Jae Nolan (nee Park) entered into eternal life on July 1, 2017 after a long battle with cancer. Born in Seoul, Korea in 1968, Katherine’s family emigrated to the United States in 1974, eventually settling in Closter, NJ.  Katherine graduated from NYU with a degree in Marketing and later pursued careers in advertising management and finance.  After returning to the work force following the birth of her daughter, Katherine worked as a bookkeeper until shortly before her death.

Katherine and her husband, Michael, moved to Hoboken in 2005 where she became a beloved member of the Hoboken Catholic Academy and St. Ann’s communities.  Katherine got involved and did whatever she could to help her community.  Katherine was a feisty, direct woman who spoke her mind and pushed friends and colleagues to do their best.  She could be tough when need be, but would bend over backwards for anyone who needed help.

Katherine was most certainly American, yet never forgot her roots.  Katherine was very proud of her Korean heritage and relished in introducing her “American” husband and their friends to Korean traditions – especially foods. 

Katherine is survived by her husband, Michael; daughter Maggie; parents Hyo Young and Duk Suk Park; sisters Hee Kyung (Lauren) Park and Yoon Kyung Park; brother Chul Hong (Michael) Park; and in-laws Emmet and Gertrude Stringer.  Katherine’s parents were both from large families and she leaves behind many aunts, uncles and cousins; and many, many friends.  All will miss her dearly.

A mass of Christian Burial will be offered Friday, 11 AM, St. Ann's RC Church, Hoboken. There will be no visitation prior to the mass. Friends and family are respectfully asked to gather at St. Ann's Church no later than 10:45. Interment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. Visiting Thursday. 4-9 PM at the Failla-McKnight Memorial Home, 533 Willow Avenue, Hoboken. Valet parking available in rear of memorial home off Sixth Street.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorial donations be made to the St. Ann’s (of Hoboken) Restoration Fund or to the Villa Marie Claire hospice in Saddle River, NJ.