Hope Roberta Poehler, 14, died Monday, August 29, 2022, at her home in Moorhead, laying peacefully in her loving mom's lap, receiving guidance and care from Hospice of the Red River Valley.
Hope was born on June 20th, 2008, with a significant traumatic brain injury from an abruption in her placenta. Hope lived with multiple and severe disabling conditions. These didn't diminish her ability to express the flair she had in her spirit. Whether something bothered her or she was delighted, everyone close to her knew. She was excited to start 8th grade at Horizon Middle School in Moorhead, but a brief illness, that seemed like many she had conquered before, was finally one too many and her tired little body is now resting peacefully.
Throughout Hope's life, she was an absolute warrior, enduring so many limitations, extra specialty doctor visits and hospital stays. She usually did all this with a smile on her face and a laugh in her voice; or, if you were struggling, a mischievous giggle. She always found it amusing when adults would struggle. Hope loved to be outside or watch all different kinds of flashing lights and especially loved to bounce and move. For someone who couldn't do very many movements on her own, she sure loved to do basically anything and everything that involved motion.
Hope loved to be with her family, especially snuggling with her mom. She was the best person to know the right moves and bounces to keep Hope happy the longest. But she most loved when she was with her sisters Grace and Joy. She would have a special happy content mood that she only would do when she was with her sisters. It was hard for her to keep up sometimes with their busyness, but it was easy to see how proud she was to have both of them as her sisters.
Hope has had a special bond with her Grandma Lynn since the day she was born. Lynn was her fulltime daytime nurse for most of Hope's life. In Hope's early years they would spend their weekdays together at Lynn's home in Moorhead going to school across the street and therapy across town. Then years later, the two of them spent the weekends together at Lynn's home out at the lake. Hope was so happy and very much loved when she was with Grandma Lynn.
Hope was also lucky enough to have gotten another great nurse and her husband to help care for her. Deb and Tom Kraft took Hope into their home and their lives as if she was their own extra bonus child. Hope was happy to go with them after school or the whole day if no school or she was too sick. They both would go the extra mile for Hope time and time again.
But Hope could naturally convince many people to go above and beyond what's expected of them to help out for the greater good. She was a sweet and good person, wise beyond her years. Greatly loved by all who knew her, Hope has touched and impacted many lives.
She is survived by her parents, Emily Poehler and Jeramy Poehler; her older sister, Grace Lynn; her younger sister, Joy Helen; her grandparents Lynn (Mark) Skansgaard, and Tim (Kris) Poehler, and Del and\ Clarinda Schnabel; and great-grandmother, Elaine Borgen; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.; and a host of other loving family members and friends.
Hope's family suggest memorial contributions, in her name, be made to either Make A Wish or Dakota Medical Foundation.
Visitation for Hope will be from 5 - 7 PM, Wednesday, September 7, 2022, in Korsmo Funeral Chapel, Moorhead.
Her funeral will be at 2 PM, Thursday, September 8, 2022, in Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hendrum, MN.