Donelda Jean May

September 21, 1935 ~ September 9, 2022 (age 86)


Donelda (Donnie) Jean May (Kaleva) passed away at her home on September 9, 2022, at the age of 86. She was born on September 21, 1935, to Ed and Elinor Altenbrun in Rock Lake, ND. Donnie grew up on the family farm, lived 2 years in Chicago, and then returned to the farm. At the age of 17 she met and married Willie Kaleva and moved to Montana. They had 3 children together before Willie passed away in 1982. She met and married Roy May in Spokane, WA; 15 years later.


Donnie was preceded in death by Willie Kaleva, her parents, brother Gary and sister Arlene. She is survived by her husband Roy; her children Lynn (Patsy) Kaleva, Penny Kaleva, and Kelly (Kim) Kaleva; her grandchildren Heather Kaleva, Amber Willis, Vanessa Kaleva and Tyler Kaleva; as well as 14 great-grandchildren; brother Larry (Marg) Altenbrun; and her fur babies Barney, Paco, Pug, and Spooks. All of whom loved her and will miss her dearly.


A graveside service will be held Friday, September 16, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery with a luncheon to follow at the Women’s Club (802 Missouri Ave) in Deer Lodge.


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Graveside Service
September 16, 2022

11:00 AM
Hillcrest Cemetery
Airport Rd. and Conley Lake Rd.
Deer Lodge, MT 59722

September 16, 2022

12:00 PM
Women's Club
801 Missouri Ave.
Deer Lodge, MT 59722

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