April 20, 2014

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VIDEO: Hundreds pay respects at service for Catherine Hoholski

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LORAIN — Homicide victim Catherine Hoholski was remembered Thursday in pictures and song in a bittersweet funeral ceremony filled with tears and occasional laughter.

“You’re not supposed to bury your kids. You’re kids are supposed to bury you,” said Hoholski’s mother, Jane Hoholski, before being overcome by tears during brief remarks at the Cornerstone United Methodist Church.

Hoholski, 26, was found Aug. 8 in a storage bin at her Tower Boulevard apartment building. Hoholski, last seen June 28, is believed to have been hidden there for about a month.

Police suspect Hoholski’s boyfriend, Albert Fine, who was arrested Aug. 9 in Lexington, Ky. The 30-year-old Fine, whose criminal record includes a 2010 assault conviction, is due in Fayette County Court today, where he is fighting extradition to Ohio.

Given the horrific nature of the crime and Hoholski’s gentle, loving nature, the Rev. Dale Warrick said it was natural for mourners to question their Christian beliefs. But Warrick, a former church pastor who knew Hoholski since the family began attending the church in 2001, urged them to remain faithful.

“If we believe what we believe, Catherine is in the arms of God, and maybe any shortcoming she felt she had, is made up by being in the arms of our savior,” he said.

Warrick asked the approximately 250 people in attendance to channel their grief into doing charitable work.

“Whatever it is, do it,” he said. “Don’t let this defeat you. Don’t let it change you. Know this God is always there.”

The Rev. Paula Marberry, also a former church pastor, said Hoholski, like many people her age, had struggled to find herself. “She wanted so much more out of life than she was finding,” Marberry said.

Despite her struggles, Marberry said Hoholski — an auto parts assembler at Camaco in Lorain — had shown great love and strength in the birth of her daughter, Jasmine Rose. Jasmine was born prematurely in March with severe medical problems that have required multiple surgeries.

“She’d go to the hospital all dressed in garb because she couldn’t touch her,” Marberry said. “She was cooing to her and willing her to open her eyes because she wasn’t alone.”

A montage of photos of Hoholski with Jasmine, and pictures with relatives when a young girl, played throughout the nearly two-hour service. Hoholski, a 2004 Southview High School graduate, played clarinet in the Southview band, sang in the church choir and previously played the violin.

Hoholski’s father, Kenneth, said the family expects to gain custody of Jasmine by month’s end and take her home next month. He thanked mourners for their support and asked them to continue to pray for his family and his daughter.

“If I can make a mark on one-third of the people she did in her lifetime, and I’m twice as old as she was, I’ll die a happy man,” he said.

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.