Mrs. Patricia Ann (Camp) Holsteen was welcomed home by her Savior, Jesus Christ, and reunited with her beloved husband, Verle Everett Holsteen, on March 20, 2020.
Patricia (Patti) was born June 3, 1932, in Cortland, NY, to Jacob and Dorothy (Blanding) Camp — the oldest of their three children. Patti graduated in 1950 from Cortland High School having become an accomplished musician, playing piano, trumpet, violin, viola, and organ. She initially planned to pursue a degree in music, but when she felt God leading her to serve Him as a nurse, enrolled at West Suburban Hospital in Chicago. During her studies there, she helped host a party for students from Wheaton College, and her beautiful smile and piano accompaniments caught the interest of a Wheaton College student named Verle Holsteen, whose musical talents matched her own.
Upon graduating from West Suburban Hospital as a registered nurse in 1953, she attended Wheaton College and then began her nursing career while waiting for Verle to complete his military service in the U.S. Army.
Upon his discharge, Patti and Verle were married on August 21, 1955, in a ceremony that included a duet by the bride and groom of the hymn “Follow, I Will Follow.” Their 63-year marriage was marked by enduring, deep friendship, partnership, faithfulness, care, and love for each other and those God placed in their lives.
As Verle began preparing for and serving in full-time ministry, Patti continued her service as a nurse in a wide range of practice settings, including a general medical/surgical floor of Lankenau Hospital in the Philedelphia metro area; the lab school on the State University of New York campus of Cobleskill, NY; the newborn nursery of Memorial Hospital in North Platte, Nebraska; obstetrics and.newborn nursery for the Salvation Army Booth Memorial Hospital, Omaha, Nebraska; employment nurse for Bergen Mercy Hospital in Omaha; and the in-patient drug and alcohol treatment unit of Immanuel Hospital.
In addition to her professional career, Patti was Verle’s partner in various roles within the churches he served. Together with members of the First Baptist Church of North Platte and community members, Verle and Patti were instrumental in establishing First Baptist Day Care Center. They later became direct distributors for Amway, through which they met and mentored numerous friends, expanded their opportunities for generous giving, and traveled extensively into their 70’s.
Patti’s faith in Christ was seen in her gracious, warm welcome and hospitality for people from all walks of life; her compassion and genuine interest in each person as an individual; her attentiveness to the needs of others; and her generous, nurturing spirit. She loved the laughter of family and friends gathered around her. Patti was tender of heart; independent and determined; curious; articulate; an encourager; and quick to express her joy and thankfulness to God and those around her.
Patti loved traveling with Verle, including three weeks in Norway while Verle served as a guest pastor in several local churches, a visit to their son, Steve, and his family in Europe, and journeys to much of the U.S. While traveling, she tried new adventures like white water rafting and parasailing. She delighted in journeying to see scattered family and performances of grandchildren. Verle and Patti celebrated their 45th anniversary by arranging for a lovely and memorable trip for their entire family to Hawaii.
Patti Holsteen was preceded in death by her husband, Verle, her parents, and sister, Jean (Camp) Lindholm. Patti is survived by daughter Faith (Mark) Loretto, and sons Stephen (Jane) Holsteen and David (Kerrin) Holsteen; grandchildren Ben (Anna) Holsteen, Sarah Jane Holsteen, Michael Loretto (Sarah Williams), Adam (Beth) Loretto, Jake (Julie) Holsteen, and Kate (Justin) Layden; and great-grandchildren Esther Holsteen, Jude Holsteen, Amelia Loretto, Eleanor Loretto, and James Layden, as well as her brother, David (Joyce) Camp, sister-in-laws Bernita Holsteen, Muriel Holsteen, and Lucy Lindholm, and brothers-in-law Donald Lindholm and Harold Street.
A private visitation and service will be held at O’Connell Family Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 25, preceding internment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. A worship service and celebration of Patti’s life will be held at a later date to be determined when gatherings are permitted. Memorials may be made to the Christian Community Homes and Services Foundation.