Visitation will be from 1 - 3 p.m. on July 18 at Buffalo Hill Funeral Home located at 1890 U.S. 93 N. in Kalispell. A Celebration of Life get together will follow from 4 - 8 p.m. and will be held in Lone Pine State Park in Kalispell. Kristi will be laid to rest in a private burial in Hillside Cemetery in Conrad.
After graduation from Washington High in 1975, she moved to Great Falls to live with her brother David. Her love of arts and crafts led her to learning draperies, a profession continued when she moved to Kalispell. In 1979, Kirsti opened her own drapery business called A Touch of Class which she operated until the mid-1980s. With her fierce independence and love of freedom, she graduated magna cum laude with an Associate of Applied Science degree from Flathead Valley Community College in 2000. She worked briefly in the medical field but her free spirit drove her to once again start her own business and Granny’s Kettle Corn was born. She was able to live free and chase the sun.
While in Great Falls, Kristi met Larry Zimbelman. Their first date was decided by a game of pool. Kristi and Larry were married in July 1978 in Kalispell. Their son Adam, was born Dec. 3, 1979, followed by son Jonathan on March 11, 1981. Kristi and Larry divorced in 1991. Of the many joys Kristi had, family was the most important to her. She was a fantastic mother and in 2009 she became a loving grandmother. She developed an incredibly special bond with her first grandchild Blaine and she had plans of revisiting Montana to be there to welcome her newest grandchildren. Kristi was living with her son Adam and daughter-in-law Cassie in Austin, Texas when she was called home.
Her passions in life were many, but second only to family, were nature and later in life spirituality. When it came to anything living, Kristi could make it prosper. Everywhere she went she left gardens in her wake, although she will be missed we are confident wherever she is it will always be in full bloom.
Kristi was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin and JoAnn Lambertz.
Kristi is survived by her sons Adam (Cassie) Zimbelman of Austin, Texas, and Jonathan (Erin) Zimbelman; and grandson Blaine of Kalispell. She has two more grandchildren due in September. She is also survived by sisters Jean (Tom) Berry of Rapid City, S.D., Cheri (Tom) Camp of Watertown, S.D., Patti (Joe) Snow of Crest Hill, Ill.; brothers David (Kathy) Lambertz of Sioux Falls, S.D., Daniel (Ella) Lambertz of Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., Thomas (Marti) Lambertz of Sioux Falls, S.D.; and many nieces and nephews.
Donations are requested to be made in Kristi’s name to: Tom Lambertz’s Benefit, 7005 E. 26th St., Sioux Falls, S.D., 57110.