Update: Family and friends gathered in Cashton to pay respects to a young man who died from injuries suffered in an accident on the day he was to be married.
Twenty-two-year-old Jacob Gronemus suffered third-degree burns over 75 percent of his body in a welding accident October 1st. He died Saturday at the University Hospital Burn Unit-the day he was to marry 19-year-old Ashley Kast.
Tears turned to laughter Wednesday as family and friends shared their memories of Jake. Ashley said it was a year ago that he proposed. She says they went squirrel hunting and she came back with a ring.
Jake’s family says he was a role model at home for his three younger siblings, at school and on the football field.
Jacob Gronemus, a 2010 graduate of Cashton High School, was remembered by a number of area football teams at Friday nights football games after being seriously injured in a welding accident early last week. Despite the prayers and outpouring of support Gronemus passed away on Saturday as a result of those injuries.
Gronemus was a three year started for the Cashton Eagles football team and wore the number 32. At Friday’s football game between Cashton and Bangor the Eagles wore number 32 on their helmets. The two teams also gathered at the end of the game to say a prayer for Gronemus. Those who attended the Viroqua and Black River Falls game in Viroqua were also asked to observe a moment of silence on Friday.
Gronemus was burned over 75 percent of his body when a barrel was welding exploded last week. He was being treated at UW Hospital in Madison and passed away on Saturday night. A fund has been set up at the Bank of Cashton to support the Gronemus family.
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