Inchin Song Chase was born in the foothills of the mountains in Northern Choson, “The Land of the Morning Calm”, on December 15, 1941, under the Imperial Rule of Japan. At the end of World War II, in August 1945, Choson was divided at the 38th Parallel which created North and South Korea. The Russian Communists occupied North Korea while the United States occupied South Korea. Under tension in 1948, North Korea became the Democratic People’s Republic and the south became the Republic of Korea. In June 1950, the tension broke and war came to Korea. During the war, Inchin and her family became refugees and made a trek south to Pusan. She and her extended family moved to a small village near Seoul during a lull in the war in 1953. In her teen years, Inchin married and had a daughter, Insuk and a son, Kye Sung Hee. She later met and married, Gary Chase, who was serving in the United States Army. Together they had a son, Gary Lee and a daughter, Ann Song.
It is so hard to put into words the accomplishments of Inchin’s life in such a short space or the pride she felt in achieving them. A few were becoming a Christian under the duress of Communism and maintaining that dedication to her Lord and Savior throughout her life. The very things that we take for granted such as owning a car, being able to vote and express political opinions without fear, working and reaching for the goal of retirement and Social Security brought Inchin an immeasurable sense of pride. When asked where she came from she would proudly answer, “I’m a Korean American, where are you from?” Our hope is that all who are so freely given opportunities seize them as Inchin did.
Upon retirement, Inchin was looking forward to travelling, but sadly was diagnosed with a rare cerebrovascular disease, Moya Moya. The disease not only took her ability to travel, it took her ability to have the life she worked so hard for. Inchin bravely faced a corrective surgery which had a 5% survival rate and her response was of faith and strength, “I am not afraid of death, I am a Christian, but I want to live as long as possible.”
Inchin was preceded in death by her parents, but will live on through her husband, Gary Chase; daughters, Ann Lubbers and husband, Joshua of Williamsburg and Insuk Ebertowski and her husband, Col. James Ebertowski (Retired) of Chester; sons, Gary Chase and his wife, Tracy of Newport News and Kye Song Hee of Korea. The joy of motherhood was immensely magnified by the addition of her grandchildren; Laurie Ebertowski-Retchless and husband, David of Texas, Maj. James Ebertowski, M.D. and wife, Meris of Georgia, Noah, Jonah, Elyse and Noel Lubbers of Williamsburg and Maxwell Chase of Newport News. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren; Carson and Whitney Ebertowski and Elliot Retchless.
Inchin is the namesake of a home health care and transport company, Heart Song Care and Heart Song Care Transport. The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude and thanks to the staff of these companies for their service and representation of the heart of our family.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 15, 2018, at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Denbigh Chapel, 12893 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, Va. A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Friday, March 16, 2018, at the funeral home, followed by a graveside service in Peninsula Memorial Park. Immediately after the burial, the family will host a reception at Hibachi Grill and Sushi Buffet, 12745 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, Va.
Inchin’s earthly life trek has ended and she is now with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in heaven where Chosun, “The Morning Calm”, is whole and not divided. She is now being rewarded with eternal happiness.
Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Date: Friday, March 16, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Date: Friday, March 16, 2018
Time: 2:30 pm
Peninsula Memorial Park
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