September 20, 2014

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Family faces mountain of bills for murder victim’s daughter

SHEFFIELD TWP — Besides heartbreak, the parents of slain Catherine “Kat” Hoholski are also experiencing financial hardship.

Jane and Kenneth Hoholski have custody of their granddaughter Jasmine Rose Fine, who Catherine Hoholski gave birth to 15 weeks prematurely in March. Jasmine has severe medical problems that have required multiple surgeries. While they said Jasmine has health insurance, the Hoholskis said her medical bills have been huge.

To help the Hoholskis, friends staged a benefit Sunday at Puskas Outdoor Party Center 2493 North Ridge Road. More than 100 people turned out for a pig roast dinner, music and a raffle.

“We have a major extended family,” Jane Hoholski said. “It means the world.”

The benefit came nearly two months after Catherine Hoholski, a 26-year-old auto parts assembler, was found Aug. 8 in a storage bin at her Tower Boulevard apartment complex in Lorain. Her body is believed to have been hidden there for over five weeks.

Albert Fine, Hoholski’s boyfriend, said he strangled her in a jealous rage on June 28, according to police. Fine, apprehended in Kentucky on Aug. 9, is expected to be extradited to Ohio soon to face an aggravated murder charge.

The benefit turnout was reminiscent of a candlelit vigil for Hoholski and her funeral in August when hundreds turned out to pay their respects. Despite the circumstances surrounding the benefit, the mood was upbeat as well-wishers expressed support for Jasmine and the Hoholskis.

The event was partially organized by Claudia Meadows who graduated in 1978 from Southview High School along with Jane Hoholski. Meadows said she hadn’t spoken with Hoholski in five years, but when Meadows heard of the killing, she called her and asked for permission to stage the benefit.

Meadows said she was grateful to the Puska family for providing free use of the facility and the Avon Best Buy — where David Hoholski, Catherine Hoholski’s brother, works — for donating a television that was raffled off. The benefit, which Meadows said raised at least $3,000, was organized in about three weeks.

“It’s a sad occasion, but at the end of the day, South Lorain people pull together,” Meadows said. “I’m just so proud of my friends and everybody that came together.”

Donations sought

Anyone wishing to help the daughter of slain Catherine “Kat” Hoholski can make contributions at any FirstMerit Bank branch or contributions can be mailed to the bank. Checks should be made out to: The Jasmine Rose Fine Benevolent Fund c/o First Merit Bank.

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