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Official Obituary of

Melissa Elin "Missy" (Burden) Nash

May 5, 1971 ~ March 5, 2024 (age 52) 52 Years Old

Melissa Nash Obituary

Melissa Elin "Missy" Nash, a cherished member of the La Porte community, passed away peacefully on March 5, 2024, at the age of 52. Born on May 5, 1971, she was a lifelong resident of La Porte, Indiana. Missy grew up surrounded by a loving family, including her parents, James and Karen (Boklund) Burden, her brother Matthew (Varvara) Burden, and later, her own daughters, Cordelia and Isabella Nash. She was beloved by her lifelong friend and fiancé of many years, Greg Gropp, as well as her nephew Samuel (Burden) and niece Katherine (Burden). Her family circle was wide, with many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins. Professionally and personally, Missy was known for her sharp intellect, quick wit, and amazing memory. She spent many years as a paralegal with Friedman and Associates, and later for the Law Firm of Alan J. Sirinek. Growing up, Missy attended St. Joseph School, and she was a member of Holy Family Parish, St. Peter Church. She was a graduate of LaPorte High School, where she ran track for two years, and attended two years of college at Purdue North Central. She played the French horn with the La Porte City Band alongside her mother, brother, and father as conductor, and had an extensive knowledge of music trivia. In addition to her musical talent, Missy was also known for her love of cooking. Missy spent many years volunteering and teaching at her daughters’ schools, and she was always there whenever anybody needed help. She was a loving, caring, and generous soul, and her memory will be cherished and kept alive through the stories we share and the love we continue to hold for her. Private family services will take place at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel in La Porte. Memorial contributions may be made to the La Porte County Animal Shelter, 2855 IN-2, La Porte, Indiana 46350, St John School, 111 Kingsbury Avenue, La Porte, IN 46350 or the La Porte City Band, 396 Melrose Street, La Porte, Indiana 46350. To light a virtual candle, share a story of Missy’s life, or leave a message of comfort for her family, please visit

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