Hannah Jane (Kramer) Braaten, 19, met Jesus on September 26, 2017. Hannah was surrounded by loved ones in her parents' home as she lost her battle with Cystic Fibrosis.
A Celebration of Life service will be held for Hannah Jane at The Element (3220 North 19th Street) at 2pm on Saturday, September 30th, 2017. Services with Bismarck Funeral Home & Crematory
Hannah Jane (Kramer) Braaten was born in Fargo, ND, Nov. 11, 1997, to Chadwick & Sara Kramer. At 21 weeks’ gestation it was found that there was something in her abdomen that should not be there. Cystic fibrosis was one of the possibilities, and that is exactly what turned out to be for this perfect little creature with which God was blessing her parents. Before Hannah was even allowed to come home, she had to have three surgeries and spend six weeks in the NICU where every nurse agreed that she was the prettiest baby there.
Hannah grew up in Bismarck ND. She was a wild, spunky, goofy little girl who adored attending Christian rock concerts with her father. Three years later, a baby sister joined them in this life-long love of music. The band members would absolutely fall in love with these head banging toddlers!
Hannah’s faith was important to her. At the age of four, lead in prayer by her mother, Hannah asked Christ to come and live in her heart. Again, on her sister’s 17th birthday, September 11, 2017, once again lead in prayer by her mother, Hannah rededicated her life to Christ.
Hannah loved volunteering, helping out at the Zoo, riding horse, taking care of a variety of animals, going to concerts, cooking (which she started at age 7), listening to music, boys (giving her parents many gray hairs), and working at Starbucks.
As a family, a lifetime of medical trips were taken to Minnesota. Her dad always made sure that Hannah would get to pick out fun things to do, like concerts and amusement parks. He wanted to make sure that her life was not just blood draws, hospitalizations, medications, vest treatments, and doctors with endless questions.
More than anything Hannah wanted to grow up, be an adult, marry, and to start her own life, even telling her mom that she would be engaged by 17 and married at 18. After years of knowing of each other, Hannah started dating Ethan. On November 14, 2015, Hannah Kramer married Ethan Braaten and they started their large cat family (Thor having the biggest piece of her heart)
Unfortunately, Hannah had become quite ill just before the age of 16. Her CF was causing her liver to fail, and she was developing lung infections to the point of hospitalization every three months. Hannah wanted nothing more than to be a mom, a wife, and to be well. Sadly, this last infection combined with the severe decline of her liver was just too much. Hannah and Ethan came to stay with Hannah’s parents and sister so Hannah could start hospice. She was loved on 24 hours a day for two glorious weeks. September 26, while the household was planning the next day before all going to bed, Hannah unexpectedly could no longer stand and barely breath. Just 50 minutes later at 2:49 a.m. Hannah slipped into the arms of Jesus while her family held her, prayed over her, and sang worship music. Hannah was a flame that burned brightly, and her passing has left a dark spot that will be impossible to fill.
Hannah is survived by her husband Ethan Braaten, her parents Chadwick & Sara Kramer, her sister Olivia Kramer, her in-laws Shawn & Holly Braaten, Ethan’s siblings Kendra (Adam) Taylor (children Lennin & Vale) and Ethan’s younger sister, Hannah Braaten, her grandparents Brent & Janice Winkelman, Roger & Sue Kramer, great-grandparents Norman & DeLette Winkelman, and numerous beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews & nieces. Hannah is preceeded in death by her great-grandparents Theodore & June Hinkel, Warren & Eva Koch, Pius & Amelia Kramer.