Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Saint Paul Public Schools Teacher Loses Spouse in Bridge Collapse

A beloved teacher at Hancock -Hamline University Collaborative Magnet, Jennifer Holmes, lost her husband in the I-35W bridge collapse on August 1st. He was one of the first four people identified. In addition to the tragedy the family is experiencing, Jennifer and her two young children are now facing a financial tragedy.

Colleen Johnson (Associated Healthcare Credit Union) was asked by the Patrick Holmes family to get the following information out to the public. The family is getting numerous calls and questions of where they can donate money as a memorial for Pat's children. The account has been set up at Associated Healthcare Credit Union in the Twin Cities. The information below is where to send these donations. It will be greatly appreciated and a huge help if you could share this information.

In honor of Pat Holmes, a fund has been set up for his children. People can mail donations to:

Associated Healthcare CU
360 Sherman St B-10
St Paul, MN 55102

Attn: Holmes Children Education Fund

Visit the website for more information.

Holmes, 36, was on his way home to Mounds View after a day of studying neck and back pain as an exercise therapist in Bloomington. He was married to Jennifer, his high school sweetheart at Hill-Murray in Maplewood, and was father to two children, ages 4 and 6. Holmes, who played amateur baseball in St. Paul for many years, coached his son's baseball and soccer teams. He also loved to fish, camp and wrestle with his kids. He was a terrific father and will be greatly missed!

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