Leocadia Holsti


Leocadia ‘Peggy’ Kelsch-Holsti went home to Jesus on October 30, 2021 at age 95.

Leocadia was born in Selfridge, ND to Theresa (Fisher) and John Klein on May 30, 1926.  She went to school and grew up in Selfridge.  As a young woman, Leocadia received her nickname ‘Peggy’ while working for a law firm in Bismarck. She lived with her sister Francis and they had many adventures together. She married Egiedy Kelsch in 1947 and they had eight children together.  Peggy worked for 25 years at St. Alexius Hospital before retiring. In 1981, Peggy married Arthur Holsti. They enjoyed travelling in their RV, dancing, playing cards, and helping taking care of their grandchildren. Peggy was actively involved in the Burleigh County Senior Center coordinating various activities (Pinochle anyone) and always lending a helping hand.  Peggy loved to play all kinds of games, whether it was with friends, her children, or her grandchildren, or just on her own with a deck of cards or a puzzle. Peggy’s strong faith carried her through life, with regular attendance to Catholic service.

Peggy is preceded in death by her parents, her husband’s Egiedy Kelsch and Art Holsti, her son Kenneth, and all of her brothers and sisters: Adam, John, Joseph, Andrew, Frances, Anton, Magdalena Rice, and Catherine Traxinger.

Peggy is survived by her children Patricia Esterberg (Farmington, MN), William and Mary (Wickenheiser) Kelsch (Bismarck), John and Laura (Kalheim) Kelsch (Bismarck), Teresa and David Gobble (Lakewood, CO), Francella Kraft (Grants Pass, OR), Marvin and Maria (Yu) Kelsch (Ventura, CA), Kevin and Theresa (Gragert) Kelsch (Kailua-Kona, HI), her 17 grandchildren and 11 great-Grandchildren, and uncounted nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be given to the church of St. Anne, the Burleigh County Seniors Club or St. Mary’s Cemetery.

The family of Peggy wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the staff and residents of St. Gabriel’s Community, and all of the doctors, nurses, and hospice care over the last several years.

Cremation services have taken place and funeral services will be announced and held at a future date. Please sign the guest book and leave a memory on-line.

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God bless her in the heaven

Bill, Mary and family, Heaven gained an angel. Peggy was one in a million. She was so gracious and kind. She was a long time volunteer at the Senior Center. She touched many lives. Keeping you in thought and prayers. Lisa

Thanks Lisa. I know how much my Mom enjoyed her senior center family.

Condolences Gos to the kelsch family ,so sorry of your mother’s passing.she always threaded me very well,god bless her ,rip aunt peggy

Thanks Max

In your honor Grandma, we played an excellent round of cards into the wee hours of the night. I love you so much and am forever grateful for you being on this Earth. Thank you for inspiring me to always work hard and always find something that needs doing!

♥️ She did work so hard and inspired and encouraged us to do the same. I remember going to the thrift store to help her volunteer and also helping her garden and pick weeds in the flower beds. 🥰

I love you grandma! My best childhood memories are from when we would spend the days with you and grandpa, playing games and running around, I remember playing house in the RV, scaring my sister in the basement, eating peaches and pickles from the cellar, walking to the playground up the street, biking down the hill, playing cards and all kind of games – you always played whatever we wanted! You were so good to us and we felt safe and happy in your care. I will remember you always and am so happy that Yuri got to meet his great grandma before you passed. I know you’ll be watching over him as he grows and someday we will teach him how to play pinochle in your honor!