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Michael M. Sullivan

Sullivan, Michael M. 76, of Huntley, passed away on September 20, 2013. Born Mathias Schunk III in Greenport, NY, on October 4, 1936, Mr. Sullivan legally changed his surname for professional purposes in 1975. He embarked on a radio career in 1958, attended Broadcast Coaching Associates in New York and landed his first radio job in 1959 at WJOC, Jamestown, NY, where he was a disk jockey. Mr. Sullivan held a series of radio jobs before joining the U.S. Army in August 1960. Following his discharge in 1962, he joined the staff at WMPT, South Williamsport, PA, as a disk jockey. Two years later, he moved on to Atlantic City, NJ, where he also was a disk jockey. In 1965, Mr. Sullivan joined the staff at WGBB, Long Island, NY where he was a disk jockey until 1967, when he was hired by WGRT, Chicago as a news reporter. At various times, Mr. Sullivan did news reporting for a number of Chicago stations including WJJD, WJMK, WMAQ in a career spanning 40 years. His most recent broadcasting job was at WRMN in Elgin where he was news director and host of "People in the News" a talk program. In 1986, he began a shift to print reporting, serving as a correspondent for the Daily Herald and later fulfilled the same role for the Elgin Courier News. Mr. Sullivan was also a former American Legion Post 57 member. Mr. Sullivan is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Leonore, his daughters, Donna Sullivan and Laura (John) McGinn, grandsons, Jack and Michael McGinn, his siblings, Nora (Edward) Curley, Vera Sterlacci, Alan Philip Schunk and William Henry Schunk also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Myra Colavito Memorial services will be held on October 5, 2013 at 1:00 P.M at Trinity Lutheran Church 11008 N. Church St. Huntley, IL. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Parkinsons Disease Foundation. Arrangements were made by Laird Funeral Home in Elgin. For additional information 847-741-8800 or lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com

Funeral Home

Laird Funeral Home
310 South State Street Elgin, IL 60123
(847) 741-8800

Published in Courier News on Sept. 29, 2013
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