Dallas Nicole Briel
Feb. 21, 1997 — Jan. 8, 2017
Dallas Nicole Briel, age 19, passed away in the loving arms of her mother Patricia and her grandmother Carol after suffering multiple strokes caused from a staph infection. Dallas was born February 21, 1997, in Phoenixville, Pa., the daughter of Jeffrey Sr. and Patricia (Nee Parsons) Briel.
Dallas attended Pottsgrove and Boyertown Schools in Pennsylvania and was home schooled following the accident. Dallas had recently moved to Waukesha from Bechtelsville, Pa. Dallas aspired to be a fashion model, She loved fashion, cosmetology, music, reading and movies. She had a wide circle of friends that she enjoyed via social media. Dallas did professional body piercing.
Dallas had an innate ability to connect with furry critters. A favorite family memory was that of Dallas’s mesmerizing connection all her pets and wildlife, including two baby squirrels she saved and named “Nutty” and “Buddy,” her hamsters, her leopard geckos, her all-time favorite black tom cat named “Boo,” and her newly acquired Chausie cat she named “Scooter.”
A life-altering event occurred eight years ago when Dallas miraculously survived a horrific car accident that killed two others, including her best friend, Breanne. Her injuries from that accident resulted in medical and mental conditions, pain and suffering that she dealt with on a daily basis.
Dallas was preceded in death by her father, Jeffrey S. Briel Sr.; maternal grandfather, Dwight Parsons; maternal great-grandmother, Mary Elva Starkey; and paternal great-grandmother, Edith McCall.
Dallas is survived by mother, Patricia Briel of Waukesha, and brothers Jeffrey Briel of Waukesha, Daniel Dunsmore of Kileen, Texas, and James Dunsmore of North Port, Fla. Further surviving are her maternal grandmother, Carol (Michael) Duffy Sr. of Waukesha and paternal grandmother Carol (William) Schnovel of Parkerford, Pa. Dallas is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins in Pennsylvania, California and Delaware, and by many dear friends.
A memorial gathering will be held on Thursday, January 12, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Church and Chapel Funeral Home, 380 Bluemound Road (at highways J and JJ, four blocks south of Interstate 94), Waukesha, with a memorial service at 7 p.m.
The family would like to acknowledge and thank the medical staff and support staff, especially the wonderful ICU nurses at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee for the love and care given to our beloved Dallas.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the ASPCA or to any wildlife agency in Dallas’s name is suggested.
Church and Chapel Funeral Home of Waukesha is serving the family. For more information, call 262-827-0659 or visit www.churchandchapel.com to view the online obituary or leave condolences.