Always an Angel!

BriAnna Kruzel

March 21, 1995 - September 28, 2013

Donor, Minnesota

BriAnna Kruzel was a remarkable individual whose beautiful spirit touched the lives of many. Her sudden and tragic passing at the tender age of 18 left a void in our hearts that can never be filled. BriAnna’s story is one of compassion, dedication, and a genuine desire to make a difference in the lives of others.

Bri's infectious smile would light up a room!

From a young age, BriAnna exemplified the values of service and community engagement. She wholeheartedly embraced her involvement with organizations such as Girl Scouts and Big Brothers Big Sisters, where she dedicated countless hours as a mentor and role model. BriAnna’s commitment to helping others earned her recognition and accolades, including the prestigious High School Big Sister of the Year award in 2013.

BriAnna’s positive impact extended beyond the boundaries of these organizations. She actively volunteered her time with the Sartell Community Ed Dance program, spreading joy and inspiration to young dancers. Her love for scrapbooking, crafting, and animals further reflected her creative and caring nature. BriAnna had an infectious smile that could light up any room, and her happiness resonated with everyone she encountered.

In the wake of her untimely passing, BriAnna’s family and friends took it upon themselves to honor her memory through the establishment of the non-profit organization called What Would Bri Do, Inc. This organization was born out of a desire to continue BriAnna’s legacy of selflessness and community involvement. Through WWBD, her loved ones aim to give back to the community that she held dear and spread the same kindness and compassion that BriAnna exemplified.

A testament to BriAnna’s giving nature was her decision to donate her eyes and tissue upon her passing. She knew that helping others was the essence of who she was and what she stood for. The hope remains in the hearts of her family that they will one day hear from the recipients and find solace in knowing that a part of BriAnna lives on, continuing to make a positive impact.

One of the most heartfelt tributes to honor BriAnna’s memory is the creation of the BriAnna Rose Kruzel Growing Up Big Award by the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central MN. This annual award recognizes an exceptional Big Sister or Little Sister within the organization, a fitting tribute to BriAnna’s commitment and dedication to the program.

BriAnna, you were truly an angel here on Earth. Your infectious smile, compassionate heart, and zest for life touched the lives of all who were fortunate enough to know you. Your presence may no longer physically grace our lives, but your spirit lives on in the hearts of those who loved you. We promise to continue doing what you would do – giving, caring, and making a positive impact in the world.

In 2016, an Angel of Hope will be placed in Sartell, MN as a symbol of remembrance and hope in BriAnna’s memory. This angel will stand as a testament to the love, joy, and kindness that BriAnna embodied, reminding us all to cherish every moment and to always strive to make a difference.

In 2018, Bri’s Lodge was established as a haven for those in need of grief support. With a focus on companioning, the lodge offers a safe and peaceful space for individuals to find solace and healing. Through support groups, equine therapy, and activities centered around the senses, Bri’s Lodge aims to provide holistic support for those navigating the difficult journey of grief. In addition, Bri’s Lodge is dedicated to expanding its services and becoming a future grief retreat center, where individuals can find respite, engage in therapeutic activities, and connect with others who share similar experiences in their grief journey.

BriAnna, you may have left this world too soon, but your legacy will forever inspire us to be better, to love more deeply, and to live each day with purpose. Thank you for the profound impact you had on our lives. May you rest in eternal peace, dear BriAnna.

To our sweet Angel we love and miss you! - Mom, Dad, Josh and Brandon