Ann J. Peck, 74, of Spokane, Wash., died Aug. 22 after courageously battling cancer. Ann was born in Missoula but, with her parents, George and Regina Peck, moved to Deer Lodge, where she grew up as the only girl in a family of five brothers. She attended St. Mary’s Academy then moved to Powell County High School, graduating in 1966. In the fall of that year she enrolled in the St. Patrick School of Nursing in Missoula and in 1969 graduated as a Registered Nurse. After working in several civilian hospitals, she enlisted in the United States Air Force and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant, working primarily as a neonatal intensive care nurse. Following her service, Ann moved to Spokane, Wash., to be near her family, especially her many nieces and nephews, quickly becoming their favorite aunt. While in Spokane she regularly hosted year-long high school exchange students from around the world, quickly becoming their beloved “American mom.” She was also an active big sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Northeast. She remained active in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Spokane Valley, participating in regular bible study groups. Ann is survived by her brothers, George (Barbara), Rob (Mary Lou), Fr. John, Rich (Renee) and Jim (Robin) as well as close friend and caregiver Kathy Sims, and she leaves behind her cherished dogs, Sophie and Sweet Pea, and her cat, Big Boy. A memorial service for Ann will be held at 1 p.m., Oct. 1, at St. Mary’s in Spokane, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service.
Sylvia Pauline Sullivan December 26, 1936 - September 1, 2022
Sylvia Pauline Sullivan, 85,was born in Three Forks to Sydney Milton and Helen Faye (Owen) Comer. After the death of her mother, she lived with her paternal grandparents in Pony until her father married Jennie Tidball. Two sisters, Martha and Mae, completed the family. Sylvia and Leaman John Sullivan married January 21, 1956. They met while attending high school in Deer Lodge. Soon after their marriage, they headed to California. They made it as far as Portland, Ore., where family they visited convinced them that they should stay. Oregon became their home until their deaths. They lived in Southeast Portland, Scappoose, Manzanita and Albany. Mom was a homemaker, seamstress, 4-H leader, Parent Teacher Association president, Garden Club member and Master Gardener. She received her driver’s license at 26 while Dad was on crutches and while she was pregnant. She drove us, and our friends, everywhere we needed to be in the family Volkswagen Bus. Mom and Dad were members of several Square Dance Clubs in Portland, Scappoose and Astoria. After Dad retired, they traveled the United States in their van and went on many light house trips with the U.S. Light House Society. What family remembers most fondly is that Mom was a quiltmaker. She would machine piece the tops and hand quilt them. Dad set up a pulley system for her quilting frame so it could be lifted to the ceiling out of the way for family meals and fun times in the basement of their dream home they built together in Manzanita. Sylvia is survived by her sisters, Mae Hassman and Martha (Kurt) Kurtz; her children, Vicky Lynn, Mary Jane (Bob) and Tom (Linda); seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death seven weeks ago by her husband. They were married for 66 years.
Donelda (Donnie) Jean Kaleva May September 21, 1935 - September 9, 2022
Donelda (Donnie) Jean Kaleva May, 86, died at her home on Sept. 9, 2022. She was born Sept. 21, 1935, to Ed and Elinor Altenbrun in Rock Lake, N.D. 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 three children together before Willie died in 1982. She met and married Roy May in Spokane 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; brother Larry (Marg); 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; 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 at 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 16, at Hillcrest Cemetery with a luncheon to follow at the Women’s Club (802 Missouri Ave.) in Deer Lodge. Please visit anacondafuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Donnie. Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral Home and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Donnie and her family.