Three days after the couple’s wedding, the husband of an Ohio couple died in a bizarre waterskiing accident, bringing their honeymoon in the Caribbean to an abrupt end.
According to a GoFundMe website, Nate and Mariana Kohlman of Steubenville were married on October 28. They then went to St. Lucia, where he passed just three days later.
The page says, “Nate was a wonderful husband, friend, son, and brother in Christ.”
Concerning the accident, no other information was given.
According to WFLA, the wedded groom attended Franciscan University in Steubenville.
“He was able to thoughtfully encounter every person he met and those who had the blessing of a relationship with him would be able to tell a list of stories detailing what a fun, kind, and adventurous soul he was. Nate tragically lost his life three days after his wedding,” the GoFundMe page states.
“Words cannot describe the heartbreak there is for his story and for his family. We kindly ask for help to assist for funeral cost and travel of the family,” it adds.
A second GoFundMe page says, “Donations will help cover the expenses of last-minute plane tickets to St. Lucia and back home, immediate passport issuing, transportation, accommodations, meals, funeral arrangements, Mariana’s needs, and anything else that comes up.
“Please also pray for the families, for their strength, and that God’s presence fill their hearts,” the fundraiser states.
The two accounts raised more than $100,000 combined by Tuesday morning.
Nate’s mother, Heather Kuhlman, wrote on Facebook last week that she was flying to St. Lucia after her son was “in the arms of Jesus.”
“Nate’s death took all of us by surprise and just took our breath away,” she wrote. “By God’s grace, we are ok. It’s so hard and painful, but we are walking each day one moment at a time.”
“I am sad that Nathaniel is no longer here with us, but I know he is very much alive in heaven and will be praying for us,” she wrote.
“Please keep us in your prayers as we bring Nate home,” she added in her last post.