Obituary of Wanho Cheung Woo
Wanho Cheung Woo (1935-2019)
Dr. Wanho Cheung Woo of Lexington, MA and 45-year resident of Roslyn Heights, NY, passed away the afternoon of March 5, 2019. She was 82 years old. The oldest of four children of Jai Duck Cheung and Suk Yen Cho, she was a retired physician.
Born in Seoul, Korea, the family lived in Seoul under strict Japanese occupation until the end of World War II. A top student at school, Wanho attended a girls exam middle and high school. During the Korean War, the family had to flee Seoul in 1950 and settled further south in Taegu, but she was able to continue her education. Upon returning to Seoul, they discovered the family home burned to the ground, but they lived on the premises of the high school where her father became the principal. Fiercely independent and modern, she defied her traditional father’s wishes, choosing to study medicine. She was one of 2 or 3 women in her medical school class in Korea.
Wanho arrived in the US in 1958 for her internship and residency after completing medical school in Korea. She spent $20 of her $30 in her name on cab fare from JFK airport to her new job St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in NJ, the beginning of her life in the US. Meeting her husband in New York City, she married in 1962, and they lived in Upstate NY and Queens before settling in Roslyn Heights. She and Se Hyung often enjoyed classical music and opera at Lincoln Center. Additionally, Wanho enjoyed seeing the world, organizing all the family trips throughout the US, Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean. She retired in 1998.
Wanho was the beloved wife of 32 years of the late Se Hyung Woo. She was the proud loving mother of William Woo. She was predeceased by her sibling Wonho Cheung. She was the proud loving grandmother of Elizabeth, Everett & Melanie Woo.
A memorial wake will be held at the Edward V Sullivan Funeral Home, 43 Winn St., Burlington (Exit 34 off Rt. 128/95 Woburn side) on Tuesday March 5 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. https://sullivanfuneralhome.net/Home.
Burial will be on Thursday morning at 10am March 7 at Locust Valley Cemetery, 117 Ryfield Road, Locust Valley, NY. https://www.lvcemetery.com/
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Wanho’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association https://www.alzmassnh.org/ , 309 Waverley Oaks Road Waltham MA 02452.
Wanho Cheung Woo (1935-2019)
1935 Born March 28
1950-1 Fled Seoul, Lived in Taegu
1953 Graduated from Kyunggi Girls High School
1957 Graduated Yonsei Medical School
1958 Northwest Airlines flight to America for Internship at St. Elizabeth’s
Hospital in NJ
1962 Married to Se Hyung Woo in NYC
1966 Becomes a Mother
1969 Moved to Roslyn Heights, NY
Began career as Physician at various local hospitals
1973 First return trip to Korea
1982 Accepted job at FDA
1984 Joined US Public Health Service
1993 Se Hyung passes away
1998 Retired from US Public Health Service as Colonel
2004 Promoted to Grandmother
2014 Moved to Boston area
Edward V. Sullivan
43 Winn Street
Burlington, MA 01803
Ph: (781) 272-0050