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Obituary for Nancy Ann Burton

October 23, 1943 – May 4, 2023

Nancy Ann Burton 79, passed away on May 4, 2023, after a prolonged series of illnesses. Both of Nancy’s children, Michael and Shauna, were with their mother at the time of her passing.

Nancy Ann Burton
Nancy Ann Burton

Nancy was born on Oct. 23, 1943, the daughter of Dr. Theodore W. Tolpa and Emma B. Tolpa of Gary, Ind. Nancy graduated from Indiana State Teachers College, now Indiana State University, specializing in speech therapy for special needs children. Nancy is preceded in death by her husband, Colin Kelly Burton.

The couple met in college and after graduation, Nancy worked as a speech therapist in Northwest Indiana. The couple wed after Kelly completed his graduate studies in chemistry. The couple moved to Racine, Wis., where Kelly had been recruited as a research chemist for SC Johnson. Nancy continued her teaching career in the Racine area until the birth of her eldest child Michael. Kelly had a very successful career at SC Johnson. The family resided in Mount Pleasant, Wis.

Nancy always had a wonderful sense of humor and a sparkling wit. In high school, she had a leading role in the school’s staging of the American comedy, My Sister Eileen. Nancy was also an avid lover of wildlife.

Nancy is survived by her son, Michael Burton of Mount Pleasant; daughter, Shauna Burton of Bloomington, Ind.; granddaughter, Aubrey Rose of Fond Du Lac, Wis.; her sister, Nadine Kanuch, and her brother Mark Tolpa, both of Midland, Mich., and her brother, Robert Tolpa of Charleston, S.C.


Funeral services for Nancy Ann Burton were held privately.

Obituary and photo courtesy of Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home.

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