CASHTON — Jacob Phillip Gronemus, 22, of Cashton passed away Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at the University of Madison Hospital, Madison, Wis., surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Aug. 28, 1991, to Phillip and Carol (Schreier) Gronemus in Viroqua.

Jacob was a 2010 graduate from Cashton High School. After high school he continued doing what he loved — farming. Over the years he taught himself everything about diesel engines in trucks and tractors and eventually started his own business, “Jake’s Ag and Diesel.

In the fall of 2010, Jacob met the love of his life, Ashley Kast. They had everything set to be united in holy matrimony at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on the day he passed away, Oct. 5, 2013. They were best friends and they loved spending time with family and friends.

His faith was very important to him, and he was active at his church on Middle Ridge, St. Peter’s. Jacob was also devoted to his family. He had a love for his sisters and brothers that no one could describe. Jacob appreciated being home with them, playing cards and football. He was also very dedicated to attending and supporting all of their school and sporting events.

Jacob loved the outdoors and enjoyed going fishing, hunting and playing sports. He had a way of putting others first. He was always ready to help others when in need and he would know just how to make them happy. He had a contagious smile and laughter that would light up a room.

Jacob is survived by his fiancé, Ashley Kast, of Sparta; parents, Phillip and Carol (Schreier) Gronemus of Cashton; brothers and sisters, Sarah, Mark, Rebecca, Nicholas Gronemus, all of Cashton; grandparents, Ernest and Kayleen Gronemus of Cashton and Ann Schreier of Cashton; Ashley’s parents and sister, Sara Kast-Clark, Gabe Clark and Alana Clark all of Sparta; along with loving aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives, and many dear friends.

Jacob was preceded in death by his Grandpa, Gerald Schreier.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Middle Ridge. Monsignor Robert Hundt and Father Keith Kitzhaber will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Family and friends are invited for visitation from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday with Rosary to conclude the visitation at the Church in Middle Ridge. Visitation will also be held from 9 to 11 a.m Saturday at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be given in his memory. A fund has been set up in Jacob’s name at the Bank of Cashton. The Torkelson Funeral Home of Cashton is assisting the family with arrangements.

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