March 23, 2022

Obituaries 3/23/2022

Tai Kyun Shin

Tai Kyun Shin, 89, died on Friday, March 18, 2022, at the Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center in Plainsboro, NJ, after an extended hospitalization with pneumonia. A good and faithful servant, Tai was surrounded by his loved ones as he moved on to life eternal.

Tai was born in Gun-nung, Suksan Myun, Yonback Gun, Hwanghaedo, in what is now North Korea. He was born during the occupation of Korea by Japan, and immigrated to the United States after the Korean War in 1955. After earning his high school diploma during the war, Tai attended Butler University in Indiana where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Religion in 1959; his previous studies at Seoul Theological College had helped him to graduate. After being introduced to the Presbyterian church in Indianapolis, Tai attended Christian Theological Seminary at Butler University and earned a Master of Sacred Theology.

He further attended McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago where he earned a Master of Divinity. A few years later in Ann
Arbor, Tai attended University of Michigan where he earned a Master of Social Work. In 1967, Tai proudly became a U.S. Citizen. Reverend Tai Kyun Shin’s positive impact and commitment to the community was unparalleled. An ordained Presbyterian minister, he brought hope and love to his community, serving as a staff member at the (PC)USA headquarters in New York on Riverside Drive. In 2002, he retired as a Contract Administrator for the State of New Jersey’s Department of Human Services.

Since 1974, he had lived with his wife Joy in Princeton Junction near Grovers Mill Pond, and most recently along the Millstone River. In his retirement, Tai continued to be active in various communities throughout NJ. He was a regular at the West Windsor Senior Center where he frequently participated in Tai Chi classes. An avid sports fan, he loved watching Butler and Michigan basketball. Throughout his life, he continued his passion for gardening and traveling. Tai especially enjoyed daily walks in the neighborhood and caring for his family.

Tai is survived by his wife, Joy of 58 years; his two brothers, Sun Kyun and wife Christine of Lakeland, FL, and Jong Kyun of Yeonan, North Korea; his three sisters, Sue Loesch of Mansfield, OH, Rhonda Shin of Wilmington, DE, and Jamie Chi and husband Ken of Los Angeles, CA. Tai and Joy have three sons — Kent and wife Kelley of Dayton, OH, Wesley and wife Maren of Castle Rock, CO, and Mark and fiancé Amy Custer of Denver, CO. Tai and Joy have seven grandchildren — Darren, Matthew, Rosemary, Daniel, Christina, Brandon, and Audrey.

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 25 from 6-9 p.m. at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home on 40 Vandeventer Avenue in Princeton, NJ. A Service in Witness to Resurrection and Interment will be held on Saturday, March 26 at 11 a.m. at Dutch Neck Presbyterian Church in Princeton Junction. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Ukrainian refugee relief fund of the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance program.


Robyn Nini

Robyn Nini, loving wife and mother, passed peacefully on Thursday, March 17, 2022, after a lengthy illness. She died at her home in Princeton, New Jersey, embraced by her husband and daughters.

Robyn was a devoted wife to her husband Kevin and dedicated mother to her two daughters, Christina and Olivia. Robyn’s kindness and generosity touched everyone. She was the light in darkness, the hope in despair and, throughout her illness, provided comfort to her family and dearest friends.

Robyn loved expressing herself through interior design and fashion. She was an extremely creative and talented person who shared her passions with those she loved. She was driven to bring happiness to friends, family, and strangers alike.

Robyn spent her summers at the Jersey Shore with her extended family and friends. She loved being by the water and often called it her “happy place.”

Born in Paterson, New Jersey, Robyn spent most of her young life in Edison before moving to New York City to pursue a successful career in advertising. Robyn retired in the late 1990s before starting her family in Princeton. Deeply involved in the children’s education, she relished the relationships she had with parents, teachers, and students. Her warm and outgoing personality won the hearts of everyone with whom she crossed paths becoming a well-loved member of the Princeton community.

Daughter of Elaine and the late Stephen Tumminello, she is survived by her husband Kevin of 29 years, her daughters, Christina and Olivia, her sisters, Laurie and Wendy, and several beloved nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles.

Visitation was held on Monday, March 21, 2022 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542. Robyn was laid to rest alongside loved ones at Princeton Cemetery. God bless our Angel.

For those who would like to send a gift, the family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network,