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Christi R. (Bourne) Papke

From the Bismarck neighbors: Obituaries for September 22 series
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Christi R. (Bourne) Papke

With great sadness we share the news of the death of our younger sister, Christi R. (Bourne) Papke, 64, of Mandan ND. Christi died unexpectedly at home on July 29, 2022.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, September 30, 2022, at Bismarck Funeral Home, 3723 Lockport St., Bismarck. A reception will follow the service at the funeral home.

Christi was born June 23, 1958, in Billings MT, the youngest child of James H. Bourne Sr. and Betty L. Gram Bourne. She was raised in Billings and attended schools there graduating from West High School in 1976. Christi worked in the hotel and restaurant hospitality industry much of her career and attended Eastern Montana College studying accounting and business administration.

In 1986 Christi moved to Bismarck ND where she continued her career in restaurant management. In 1991 she met Wayne Papke, the man she would marry. In 1995 Christi and Wayne built their forever home on the Missouri River in Mandan, a place that they loved. They were married on Dec. 8, 1995, and recently celebrated 26 years of marriage.

Christi continued her college studies and earned her associates degree in business administration from Bismarck State College in 1995. She worked diligently to achieve this goal. In 1999, Christi opened her own restaurant, Simply Salads, in downtown Bismarck which became a popular lunch spot for downtown workers. She closed the business in 2010.

In 2011, Christi and Wayne opened their own business, Papke Investments, in collaboration with Investment Centers of America (ICA). Together they grew this endeavor into a successful business. Christi and Wayne retired in 2017.

Christi was preceded in death by her husband Wayne in January 2022; her father and mother; brothers Jim and Ron; her mother-in-law Leona Papke; brothers-in-law Bill Embry and Donny Olson.

Christi is survived by her brother Brad Bourne of Denver; sister Serina Olson of Billings; brother and sister-in-law Tom and Kris Bourne of Grand Junction CO; aunt Mary Ruth Slater of Plymouth MA; sister-in-law and her husband Myra and Merlyn Herold of Henderson NV; fifteen numerous nieces and nephews and their children; and numerous cousins. Christi is also survived by members of the Papke and Dockter families to whom she was especially close, including Sandra Papke of Mandan, Karla Bachmeier of Jamestown ND, Uncle Warren and Aunt Barb Papke of Jamestown, Ty Papke of Colorado Springs, Nick Hertz of Harvey ND.

In lieu of flowers donations made be made to Furry Friends Rockin' Rescue (FFRR), PO Box 7364 Bismarck ND 58507 or a charity of your choice.

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