Melissa Harwick


Melissa Suzanne Harwick 29, died peacefully on Monday, October 12, 2020, at Seasons Hospice House in Rochester, MN. Melissa was a 29 year liver transplant survivor.

Melissa was born on October 28, 1990 in Rochester, MN to Bill and Liz (Grant) Harwick and on her brother Joseph’s 3rd birthday. She grew up in Rochester, active in Brownies, Youth Cheerleading, and Our Savior’s Lutheran Church activities. She graduated from Century High School in 2009, enjoying singing in choir and musicals. After graduating, Melissa attended RCTC, meeting the love of her life, Clay Kopp. Together they welcomed a son, Caleb. The young family lived in Rochester and Staples, MN, finally settling in Mankato, MN in 2014.

Melissa was an active member of New Creation World Outreach Church, and was a member of the choir. She enjoyed baking, sewing, word searches and bird feeder watching at her home, but mostly being Caleb’s mom.

Melissa is survived by her son, Caleb and life partner, Clayton Kopp, of Mankato, MN; her parents, Bill Harwick of Albert Lea, MN and Liz Harwick of Rochester, MN; siblings, Joseph Harwick and Kayla Harwick, both of Rochester, MN; Clay’s parents, John and Linda Kopp, of Staples, MN; maternal grandmother, Karen Grant; and paternal grandfather, Roger Harwick. She was loved by several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Melissa was preceded in death by infant twin sisters; maternal grandfather, Lane; paternal grandmother, Charlotte; and cousin, Steven.

There will be a family graveside remembrance in Rochester, MN and a Celebration of Life service will be held on October 23, 2020, at 11am at New Creation World Outreach Church, 1124 North River Drive, North Mankato, MN 56003.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made for an Education Fund for Caleb Kopp. Watch for more information.

Rochester Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories and condolences of Melissa may be shared at

11 thoughts on “Melissa Harwick

  1. I am so sorry clay! She will no longer be in pain but now you will have the best guardian angel. You will be in my thoughts and prayers to fund peace and comfort.

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. Melissa was a bright spot for our school community when she was a student at Century. She will be missed.

  3. I am so sorry for your loss of your beautiful Melissa. May her memories live on in and inspire the strength she most certainly had. You are all in my thoughts and prayers in your time of sorrow and grief.

  4. Liz, I was so sorry to hear of Melissa’s passing. My heart aches for you. You have been such a good mother to her. May she be at peace with our Lord.

  5. I’m sorry for the loss she was a good mother and a good person Melissa is watching over both of you

  6. Liz,
    I can’t find the words to express my sympathy but know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Hold on to those wonderful memories!!!!!

  7. Melissa was a very special woman. She is loved and missed by many. She is in a place filled with love. God has a big hug, love ❤️ and compassion for Melissa. He will be there for her all the time. She is in warm and loving care. Love ❤️ and peace are sent your way. Love you lots.

  8. Liz
    I didn’t know Melissa well, but would see them when they came to worship with you and your family. I want to extend sympathy to all of you. She will now be at peace with her Heavenly Father.

  9. Liz – I am so sorry to hear of your loss, my heart goes out to you and I am sending hugs and prayers for all of you- take care

  10. I am so very sorry to all of you. Melissa and Mariah were good friends for many years. I always was warmed to see Melissas smile and to say Hi when you came in at the Charlton. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. Clay, Caleb and all of Melissa’s family, I’m so sorry for the loss you are experiencing. I pray that God draws you very close to himself and that you know his love in a deeper way than you ever had before. I pray for your perfection and strength and for support when you aren’t strong. You are not alone.

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