Irene Kelsch


Irene (Holsti) Kelsch passed away April 27, 2019 at the Baptist Health Care Center where she has resided for the last seven years.  A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 2nd, at Bismarck Funeral Home.

Irene was born January 26, 1923 to Arthur Lester and Elsie (Dahlen) Schwab.  She married August Holsti September 5, 1943.  After their marriage, they farmed in the Braddock community until 1944 when they moved to Linton.  Irene was a school teacher and also a beautician.  In 1957 they moved to Napoleon where they lived until coming to Bismarck in 1961.  August passed away in 1964.  She later married Arthur Holsti. In 1981 Irene married Egiedy Kelsch. 

Irene always had a smile on her face that will be greatly missed! 

Irene is survived by her son Ken Holsti; daughter Kathy and Terry Morton; daughter-in-law Carol Holsti; grandchildren Perry and Sheena, Kelly and Cathy, Shawn and Krystal Strand, Toni and Keith Radomski, Scott and Nicole Becknell; great grandchildren Carter, Ryan and Laura Strand, Shelby and John Boehm, Ashlee and Dan Hamann, Teagan Becknell and Taylor Berger; great-great grandchildren Jace Boehm, Easton Hamann.

 Irene was preceded in death by her parents; August Holsti, Arthur Holsti, Egiedy Kelsch; daughter and son-in-law, Helen and Roger Strand; son Lester Holsti; brothers Billie, Jack and Jay Schwab; sister Pearl Monson; and granddaughter Tracy Holsti-Engelhorn.

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