OBITUARY

Amy Lynn (Poirier) Bjornstad

December 16, 1974March 27, 2018
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Amy (Poirier) Bjornstad of Peoria passed away comfortably and peacefully in her bed with loved ones by her side on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. She was 43 years old. Amy is survived by her husband, Brody; children, Cooper and Darby; parents, Phil and Karyl Poirier; brother, Tony; aunts and uncles; and many close friends. Those who met or knew of Amy need not read her life's resume here to understand that while her physical time with us was unfairly short, her impact on this earth will be felt for generations. Unfortunately for those who didn't share the same privilege, there are not enough words available to adequately describe the depth and vigor with which she lived and loved so many. Those whose lives were touched by Amy are invited to attend a memorial reception on Saturday, March 31, 2018, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Davison-Fulton Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home in Peoria. A larger celebration of life will be planned in the coming months, with details to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for the simple gift of spreading love into the universe. If you are reading this, please consider taking some time out of your day to call three people to tell them that they are loved. Anyone wanting to join the fight should also consider a donation to Amy and Brody's favorite charity, the V Foundation for Cancer Research (www.jimmyv.org). For more information please visit www.Woolsey-Wilton.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Brody Bjornstad, Husband
  • Cooper and Darby, Children
  • Phil and Karyl Poirier, Parents
  • ~ Tony ~, Brother
  • ~ many ~, Aunts, Uncles, close Friends

Services

  • Memorial Reception Saturday, March 31, 2018
REMEMBERING

Amy Lynn (Poirier) Bjornstad

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Jen Kanski

April 16, 2018

I haven’t been able to find the words to write... Whenever I needed help finding the words, I would text Amy. But now, I will need to find them on my own...
She called me her unicorn, but she was the magical one... she was the one that made everyone feel like they could do and be anything. She saw glitter and rainbows in everything.
I will miss her sense of humor, positive attitude and smiling face. I will miss her...
She’s not crying, we’re crying.
#hmml #hmmw #hmmf

Jennifer Hamers

April 10, 2018

I have known Amy, well, since as long as I can remember. Our parents are best friends and our families vacationed together growing up. Amy has always been like ray of sunshine. She always had that beautiful smile, contagious laugh, positive outlook on everything and zest for life. I admire that she continued to smile that beautiful smile and maintain such a positive attitude as she battled so hard. This quote reminds me of Amy: "There are some who bring a light so great to the world that even after they have gone the light remains." Amy's light will continue to shine on for a very long time. It is very clear that she has left such a lasting impact on so many people. And without a doubt, that light will shine on in Cooper and Darby.

Keeping the entire family in my thoughts and prayers.

Sending love,
Jennifer (Debus) Hamers

Anna Santia

April 9, 2018

I am so blessed to have known Amy for quite some time. We go way back as I was the neighborhood best friend of Kristy.....which meant I was friends with Amy. I will never forget growing up with Amy, dancing together on the dance team at Roseville High, watching her rap to Kid Rock at her wedding reception, meeting Cooper when she became a mom. Amy truly lived and had a beautiful way of making others want to experience that level of life. Amy was fearless, bold, and demanded the most from everyday. I am a better person today because of my many yesterdays spent with my friend. Amy, thank you for showing me how to be a fighter, how to be a warrior, and how to live. Until we meet again....Love, Anna

Katie DuBois

April 8, 2018

I met Amy at Landmark. She was this dynamic instructor who everyone seemed to love. She had this energy and joy about her that was magnetic. I knew I wanted to be her friend the first day I met her. And I’m so thankful that she let me into her massively huge circle of friends.

Amy always inspired and amazed me for more reasons than I could ever list. I’m so honored to call her my friend. My favorite memories with Amy were our runs on the Rock Island Trail. Somehow the miles ticked by so quickly when we were talking each other’s ears off. I don’t think one run passed that we didn’t both giggle and cry at some point. Her love of life, her determination and optimism, her infectious smile, her fierce momma-ness, her compassion and empathy, her desire to help others.... the list is so long of things that I will miss about her. She was and is so incredibly missed.

Jannis Litz

April 6, 2018

I spent my growing up years trying to play with Kristy and Amy. They have been best friends for as long as I remember, and I was the little sister. As sisters do, we had our fun times, mixed with all the times I just wouldn’t leave them alone.

What you might not realize is, Amy and I cheated on Kristy, TWICE.

Amy and I had a semester in college where we carpooled to OU, worked at Star Theatre, and played Volleyball together. We proudly told everyone the story of our cheating. I even met Brody in the early days of their dating.

Years later, Amy and Brody moved to Michigan. Like a moth to a flame, I was drawn to spending time with Amy. I would hang out and play with Cooper, go to Book club, and generally just enjoy the time we spent together. Our second affair was as fun as the first.

Amy and I have always been friends. I thank the heavens that Amy and Kristy found one another. Amy has been my sister’s best friend my whole life. She is my sister. And I love her.

Kristi DeJarld

April 4, 2018

My heart breaks at the loss of a treasured friend and coworker. I will forever remember when I first started working with Amy at Landmark Health Club in 2008 and I will also remember how she taught her classes as long as she possibly could, showing strength and courage and inspiring everyone she met. Her passion, love and zest for helping others was such a gift. She always had a way of making people feel special.
Our friendship grew outside of work when she and Brody welcomed Tom and I into their world where we grew to love them and their family and friends. I know that God brings people into our lives for a reason and I can truly say that knowing Amy changed our lives for the better. I pray that she knew how much we loved and adored her. I know that I will never find another friendship like the the one I had with Amy.
Amy, we love you deeply with all of our heart and soul. Thank you for the light that you brought to some many. You will never be forgotten. xoxoxoxo

Marin Dugal

April 3, 2018

I first met Amy in a moms group here in Peoria. Unfortunately, Amy did not stay in the group and we lost touch.
Campbell and I were visiting Bradley’s preschool program. Hey, I know that kid! Cooper was playing on the other side of the room. This got me thinking about Amy, but I had no idea how to contact her.
I may have known she lived close to me, but I don’t remember running into her at the school playground or seeing her walking the neighborhood. For some reason though there was this part of my brain that remembered her. In 2010 Campbell started kindergarten at Charter Oak. I went to my 1st PTC meeting. I am a sit in the back and try not to be noticed kind of person. My introvert self was in full force in front of these moms who all knew each other. And then there she was! The person I remembered was in the room. When she realized who I was and that my son was at Charter Oak it was like Mom’s Club was yesterday and we had never been apart.
She taught me all there was to being a Charter Oak parent. Amy was part of a handful of moms, and Bill, who walked their kids to the drop off line. This was a highlight of each morning and I was thrilled to be included. She was involved and she got me involved. Her favorite was Grandparent’s Day. She ROCKED that event every year. Book Fair was another event where she shined. Amy’s Super Heroes theme was one of her best. She also knew how to hook someone into taking over. Amy had a way that made you forget you were even thinking no. Book Fair became mine. I took over School Store and once again Amy was there to help. That was the year I got to hang with pregnant Amy. It was truly magical.
Our sons became friends and sleep overs and swim dates were a norm. With Amy it was breakfast dates, BNB, Brody’s gigs, Darby duty, or hanging on the deck. Always fun and full of laughter!
I will cherish every memory of her and I am honored to be her friend.



Bettie Davis

April 3, 2018

Like so many people, I met Amy at Landmark. She taught a class called WERQ which is basically exercise/dance to pop, rock and hip hop music. Boy, could she move and make flirty faces while teaching . One of my favorite memories was during a cool down song, looking up and seeing Brody dancing with Darby. It was so sweet! Amy would always a make a person feel special. Another time on my birthday she did her cool down to Bette Davis Eyes (my name is Bettie Davis) Always thoughtful. She was such a fighter and that smile always lit up any room she entered. She will be so missed. Sending thoughts and prayers to all her family and friends.

Brandy Crocenzi

April 3, 2018

Share your memory. That's my written prompt. Share.your.memory. The thing is, I have too many to share. How do I pick just one? How do I sum up my friendship with Amy in 200 words or less? I can't. I can't even begin to try. All I can say is I am BLESSED to have known her. She.was.the.best. She was Amy, through and through. Forever and always.
To the Poiriers and Bjornstads, my heart breaks for you. You are in my thoughts as often as Amy. Love to you all! xoxo

Mike Alm

April 3, 2018

Fire-starter. Spitfire. Full speed ahead. Smiles and laughs. Never wavering. Those are forever stamped in my heart for you, Amy. You are forever a real Wonder Woman in my mind. Your strength and charisma are truly admirable and will continue to motivate and carry us all. Rock on, sister. We'll hear you in the wind, see you in the rain, and feel your presence forever... I truly thank you for being a wonderful human being. We shall drink again... for now, we will do our best to keep on truckin' in the physical world... cheers (insert natty light cans clinking)