Gil Ja Chun

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February 22, 1936 ~ November 23, 2023

Born in: Geoje, South Korea
Resided in: North Haven, CT

Gil Ja Chun, 87, of North Haven, passed away peacefully on November 23, 2023 after her brave battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her loving family at the time she passed.

Gil Ja was born on February 22, 1936 in Geoje, South Korea. She was the eldest daughter among four children of the late Noh Duk Yong and Jin Duo Ah. She met her husband Young Chul Chun in their seaside hometown on Geoje Island, and they wed in 1959, going on to have three children while in Korea, Meeok, Taesan, and Mila. In 1970, the family immigrated to Connecticut where their fourth child, Millie, was born the following year. The family settled in North Haven, making it home and where they have resided for nearly 50 years.

Beginning in 1975, Gil Ja and the family became members of the New Haven Korean Church, where she devoted her time to support the church through various prayer groups, volunteering, and other spiritual activities. A woman of faith, Gil Ja was a devout Christian and always enjoyed spending time at her church and supporting congregation members with her husband, who serves the church as an Elder.

At home, Gil Ja was a dedicated and wonderful mother, the heart of the Chun family. Her home was always the center of family gatherings and celebrations throughout her life. Her constant care of her family, especially her attentiveness to her eight grandchildren’s success and good health, will never be forgotten. In her free time, she enjoyed cooking and gardening – gladly sharing her harvested vegetables with extended family, neighbors, and church members every season.

In 1976, after her youngest daughter entered grade school, Gil Ja started working at Yale-New Haven Hospital in the Environmental Services department, where she worked for 28 years until her retirement in 2004. She was a treasured employee. Gil Ja was recognized for her hard work and dedication when the hospital honored her with an employee service award, much to her surprise and gratitude.

Gil Ja will be lovingly remembered by her devoted husband, Young Chul; her children and their spouses, Meeok and Paulus Chan, Taesan and Cecilia Choi, Mila and David Clark, and Millie and Kenneth Kim; her beloved grandchildren, Andrew, Eric and Mitchell Chan, Josette Chun, Harrison and Emma Clark, Christian and Sydney Kim; her brother Hak Yoon Noh; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews whom she loved and cherished. Besides her parents, Gil Ja was predeceased by her older brother Jae Noh, and her younger sister Chung Ja Rominger.

Friends are invited to visit with her family on Monday, November 27th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden followed by a prayer service in the funeral home at 7:00 p.m. The next morning, November 28th, friends are welcome to join the family at the New Haven Korean Church, 42 Glen Parkway, Hamden at 10:00 for a Funeral Service celebrating Gil Ja’s life, followed by her interment in Centerville Cemetery, Hamden.


Visitation: November 27, 2023 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Beecher & Bennett Funeral Service - Hamden
2300 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518


Prayer Service: November 27, 2023 7:00 pm

Beecher & Bennett Funeral Service - Hamden
2300 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518


Funeral Service: November 28, 2023 10:00 am

New Haven Korean Church
42 Glen Parkway
Hamden, CT 06517

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  1. 권사님을 먼저 하늘나라로 보내고
    애통해 하는 장로님과 가족 분들께
    하나님의 한없는 위로와 샬롬의
    은혜가 있기를 기도합니다

  2. 장로님 권사님의 자상하신 모습에 항상 감사하는 마음이고 저희 가족 모두 하나님 나라에서 권사님의 안식과 장로님께 위로를 전합니다

    • Sending my heartfelt condolences to Meeok Chan and her family during this time of need. God bless and give strength to the family.

  3. 몇 달 전에 통화했을 때 건강 이야기와 애들 한국 가는데 자꾸 부담된다는 말씀을
    하신게 마지막이 되었네요.
    그저께 자형한테서 카톡을 받고선 마지막 통화 때 누님의 가녀린 목소리와 손길이 생각났어요.
    그리고 한국에서 같이 보낸 부여 여행을 자주 이야기하곤 했다고 하는군요.

    벌써 10년이나 지난것 같은데, 2014년 가을날에 같이 백제문화탐사를 갔어요. 부여박물관도 보고 부소산성에 올라가서 낙화암도 보고,안면도에서 저녁으로 간장게장을 주문했는데 내 예상과는 달리 전혀 안드셔서 “아차, 우리가 거제도 출신이지” 하면서 제가 감짝 놀란적이 있어요. 그 다음날은 궁남지에서 수육을 주문했는데 맛있게 드셔서 다행이었어요.
    꽃지해수욕장에서 사진도 찍고 삽교천에서 바지락 칼국수도 드시면서 여행을 마무리했어요.

    그 때의 누님을 생각하면서 비록 지금은 우리 곁을 떠났지만 함께한 시간과 추억과 많은 사연들은 늘 우리와 함께할 것입니다.

    부디 하늘 나라로 가셔서 영면하시길 빕니다.

    2023년 11월 26일

  4. 누님을 마지막 뵌지도 오래되었는데
    하나님곁으로 가셨다니 너무나도
    아무쪼록 하나님나라에서 생전에
    못다이룬꿈을 이루시길 기원드립

  5. While I did know Mrs. Chun personally, I work with her daughter who is a shining example of what a wonderful mom she must have been. God bless your family during this difficult time.

  6. Sending my condolences to Millie and her family. God bless your family during this difficult time.
    And may her soul rest in peace.

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