Loving Sister, Mother and Wife Donna (Dahlke) Velarde passed away unexpectedly Sunday, August 25, 2019 at home in Anchorage, Alaska at the age of 70.

Donna was born and raised in Brandon, Wisconsin. She was the daughter of Edward and Evelyn (Kysely) Dahlke. She attended school at The Sunnyknoll Country School then later graduated from Brandon High School. She grew up on the family farm in Brandon where her love and compassion for animals and nature began.

Donna and her daughter Eva were inseparable. They loved to travel and explore together. She loved being active with her dogs, working in the garden and going fishing. Donna was always willing to help people and animals. She volunteered for 30 years at Alaska Humane Society and retired from US Travel Agency.

Donna is survived by her daughter Eva and husband Phil Velarde. Sons Robert and Dave. Stepsons Todd and Terry. Sisters Ellen Fude and Sharon Thompson, Brother Merlin (Sharen) Dahlke, Sister In-law Connie Dahlke and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by her Parents, Sisters Evelyn Vis and Sandra Dahlke. Brothers Dennis and Jerome Dahlke. Brother In-Law Ernest Fude and Wallace Vis.

Donna was a selfless person who always thought of others before herself. As evidence of that strong character she was able to continue to give love after her life,with the gift of organ donation. That final act of love was a benefit to numerous lives.

A celebration of life to be announced at a later date.