Kye Shin Kotarski
January 26, 1939 – May 6, 2020
Kye-Shin Kang Kotarski 1939 - 2020
Indianapolis - 81, passed away May 6, 2020. She was born January 26, 1939 to the late Kang Sil and Choun Bok Hee. An immigrant of Jinju, South Korea, Kye-Shin (Shina) moved to the United States in 1964 after marrying the love of her life, Joe. Shina was an avid golfer and an active member of the Korean Catholic Church.
Shina is survived by her son Al Kotarski (Tammy); daughters, Ruth Abraham and Paula Jones (Bill); grandchildren, Aric Kotarski, Emily Kotarski, Addison Jones and Annabel Abraham; sisters, Kye-Joo Kang, Kye-Yul Kang and Kye-Sook Kang and brother, Kye-Ho Kang.
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Kye Shin Kotarski
May 24, 2020
I met my husband's family back in 1979. I never met Shina right away but upon listening to the family's story about her it made me nervous and scared to meet her! She was a force to be reckoned with from what I was told. Unfortunately she couldn't come to our 1982 wedding. We drove to Indy for my nephews wedding. I believe that is when I met her. She was everything they told me she was. Yes, she scared me but she was such a kind woman. She told you how it was and if you didn't like it to bad. After being in this family since then whenever I would see her my insides would shake because inside I was scared of her. One day I told her she scared me. She says to me in her broken English "why you scared of me?" and smacks me playfully and laughed. Fast forward. Jim and I went to spend a Christmas with his brother and the family. Jim and Joe never shared a holiday because Jim was the baby, Joe the oldest. We had a wonderful time! Shina taught me how to eat a Korean dish called bulgogi (?spelling). It was delicious. Last May we drove down for Emily's graduation. We got to see both Joe and Shina and the family then. Who would have thought it would be the last time we would see either of them! Shina, I will miss you even though we didn't see much of each other, and I probably will never meet anyone like you ever again. I love you. RIP
May 13, 2020
My good friend Shina,
Thank you so much for always being there for me after Mike passed away. I am truly grateful for your friendship. I am going to miss you in so many ways, like talking about faith, golf, and life in that order. The Solheim Cup is coming up. Do you remember when we made the trip to Ole Miss (1999) for the Solheim Cup- USA vs Europe? We had so much fun! Of course the US won and that made the trip so worthwhile. Now I have no one to talk to about golf. I am thinking about what made you a good golfer 1) You always looked as though you were ready to play golf and do the warm-up practice. 2) You had a NEW GOLF ball to tee-up every time. 3) You always had a pretty hat to match your golf outfit. 4) You go and hit the ball right down the middle of the fairway, while I am all over the place😩. You remembered everyone’s ball flights. You had perfect vision and walked the whole 18 holes. I still can see you walking on the course.
You loved Joe so much and you had to go with him. I understand and I don't blame you. Such a beautiful fairytale. Look up the 🌈 and hear me say “HI Shina, I LOVE you” (CHINGU)
God bless you and Joe.
May 12, 2020
I have known Joe and Sina 1970. They moved Indy for Joe’s new job at Ford motor company. We lived in same neighborhood at eastside of Indy.
Sina and Joe were special people. We have attended each children birthday party to graduation and wedding. We will be praying Family. Dear Sina and Joe, Rest In Peace.😇🙏😇