The 15-year-old Portsmouth resident, who died Saturday, loved to entertain and was wise beyond her years.

PORTSMOUTH — Hannah Wertens experienced enough hardships and setbacks to shake anyone’s faith.

But through three bouts with leukemia, lengthy hospital stays and absences from the things she loved — school, friends and entertaining — her faith never wavered, said her older sister, Cynthia Kirchner.

“She would never give up on anybody,” she said. “She expected no one would ever give up on her, not her Father, the ultimate Father.”

Hannah died on Saturday from the effects of her chemotherapy, according to Kirchner. She was 15 years old.

In addition to nourishing her faith, Hannah always reached for her dreams, including performing on the big stage. She made it there in August 2017, when she sang “God Bless America” at Fenway Park during the seventh-inning stretch of a Boston Red Sox game.

The limelight captivated Hannah from the “moment she could walk and talk," said Kirchner on Tuesday. “We have pictures of her strutting around the house with a microphone and singing her heart out with a cowboy hat on … framed by the doorway. We don’t know where she got that from. She was just born that way. She just had this sense of herself and what she wanted to do from the beginning. She wanted to touch people’s lives and spread awareness and just have people hear her.”

From an early age, Hannah clung to her sister, sometimes to Kirchner’s chagrin.

“As she was becoming a toddler I was becoming a teenager, so here I am with all my teenagy angst and teenagy emotions, and this little toddler is strutting in my room going through my things,” Kirchner, 25, recalled.

Still, the two sisters were inseparable and shared an unbreakable bond, she explained, that included being each other’s most trusted confidant. Hannah, who was wise beyond her years, had a knack for imparting the perfect piece of advice or offering much-needed assurance. Simply, she knew what to say and when to say it.

“She always had this poise and sense of herself, I think, because growing up she was around a lot of adults that made her a little more of an adult than she should have been,” Kirchner said. “Most of it came from her innate smarts and intelligence, and more than academic intelligence, like personal intelligence, her ability to see in someone’s head and know what the right thing to say was.”

She regularly dealt with adults as her mother, Debbe Kirchner, shuttled her back and forth from the hospital to their home in Portsmouth. Hannah was first diagnosed with leukemia when she was 2 years old, again at 5 and 13.

The constant upheavals were a burden, but Hannah took them in stride, keeping up with her schoolwork from All Saints STEAM Academy in Middletown and then Portsmouth High School as a freshman this past school year.

Hannah “did not let the diagnoses define or limit her,” her obituary states. “Instead of retreating, Hannah reached out.”

She exhibited a passion for the performing arts, fashion and being an advocate for others with childhood cancer by sharing her story. Hannah enjoyed most things bedazzled, using her hands to craft figurines and dreaming of what life would be like in Hollywood or Paris.

“She always wanted to try everything,” her sister said. “She always wanted to travel.”

Hannah’s philosophy was “anything you can try, try it,” she continued. “And if you fail, at least you tried it. You’ve at least done it.”

Donations to support the family can be made by going to the following link memorialfuneralhome.com/notices/Hannah-Wertens and clicking on the "Appeal for Donations" button, or with a check to the Hannah Wertens Fund, Bank Newport, care of Betsy Fitzgerald, 528 West Main Road, Middletown, R.I. 02842.

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