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Charles Wortley Sullivan Obituary
Charles 'Chuck' Wortley Sullivan Charles 'Chuck' Wortley Sullivan passed away at Seton Medical Center on June 24 after a valiant battle with a lengthy illness. Chuck was born on August 24, 1946 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of the late Dr and Mrs. Henry C. Sullivan, Sr. He graduated from Ottowa Hills High School in 1964 and Eastern Michigan University in 1969, where he earned a bachelors degree in chemistry and mathematics. He forever joined his life together in marriage to Verenea Jean McClanaghan on May 10, 1969 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Charlevoix, Michigan. They went on to spend a 44 year marriage encompassing all of the adventures that family, professions, fun and life experiences provide. He was a chemist at Miles Laboratories Inc., in Elkhart, Indiana from 1969 to 1972 before moving to Arizona in pursuit of a Masters Degree in Computer Science from the University of Arizona at Tucson. He and Verenea packed up their belongings in a U-haul trailer, which they pulled across the country behind their beautiful, not air conditioned, Bridgehampton blue, 1971 Corvette. Chuck earned his masters degree in 1973, the same year he and Verenea welcomed their first daughter, Holly McGough Sullivan. He accepted a position as a computer programmer with IBM Corp, which resulted in a move to Florida. The Corvette was jettisoned for a brand new, air conditioned Chevy Nova, which would comfortably hold both baby Holly and their beloved miniature schnauzer, Penny. Yes, family life now took precedence over sport cars. Things were changing. They spent 4 fun years in Florida where they welcomed a second daughter, Michelle Cabray Sullivan. Chuck, Verenea, daughters and dog moved to Austin in 1977, where Chuck continued his career with IBM. He served the company in numerous capacities including programmer, manager and systems analyst. Chuck retired on November 30, 2004. Curiosity regarding just about everything was Chuck's most obvious personal trait. He devoured the written word, be it books, magazines or computer searches about various topics. Presents to give Chuck were always easy - give him a book. Be it science, history, science fiction, World War II themed literature, one could not go wrong. It makes sense that his greatest personal pleasure during the last year of his illness was his Kindle. After retiring from IBM, Chuck turned loose the artist within himself. He loved casting gold and silver so he enrolled at Austin Community College where he took classes to refine and increase his skills. He also pursued classes in blacksmithing and built his own forge. More art classes ensued, and although it had not been his original goal, one thing led to another, and soon he earned an Associate Degree of Applied Science in Jewelry from ACC in 2011. He spent his final years crafting jewelry and iron art. Family was everything to Chuck and Verenea. After the birth of their daughters, family was the foundation for everything in their lives. Chuck and Verenea were founding members of St. Thomas More Catholic Church, deeply involved in all the girls' school activities and totally immersed in their neighborhood summer swim team, Forest North Stingrays, for fourteen years. He enjoyed beach and snow skiing vacations and traveling to notable places with family and friends, along with annual visits to family members who lived in other states. Chuck is survived by Verenea and two daughters who live in Austin and Round Rock. Holly married Richard Jenkins in 1996 and gave Papa Chuck and Nana (Verenea) four grandsons - Andrew, Patrick, Nathan and Ryan. Michelle married Jason Gooch in 2000 and gave them a grandson, Jacob, and granddaughter, Kaitlyn. Chuck enjoyed many rollicking times with these boys and girl. He is also survived by his older brother, Arthur Ainsworth Sullivan and wife, Elizabeth, and sister-in-law, Jeanne Sullivan. Chuck has nephews, Henry C. Sullivan III (wife, Sarah, and grandnieces, Kiera and Bryn) and Patrick Sullivan, and nieces, Katherine Phillion (husband, James, and grandniece, Stephanie) and Elizabeth Condic (husband, Samual, and grandnieces, Natalia and Mikaylah). He was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Henrietta Sullivan, Sr and his eldest brother, Henry Coles Sullivan, Jr. Verenea and family extend our deepest thanks and gratitude to the various health professionals who provided Chuck with medical expertise, warmth and compassion during his lengthy illness - Dr. Richard Helmer, Dr. Jordan Weingarten and his associates, Dr. Steven Booton, Dr. Bradford Winegar, Dr. Craig Lubin, Dr. Morris Groves, Dr. Pamela Howard and Dr. David Morris. The nurses, respiratory therapists and all others who provided wonderful care to Chuck on the various floors of Seton Hospital (emergency, ICU, IMC and regular floor) have our forever thanks. In addition, the nurses, and business staffs at the Drs' offices who were so kind and helpful have our gratitude. His home therapy providers were wonderful and Chuck enjoyed and looked forward to their visits - Brenna Dyall, Stephanie Cates, Karen Moody, Paula Accomando and LaVonne Lorg. Thank you beyond words. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Thomas More Catholic Church on July 9, 2013 at 11:00 AM with a lunch reception immediately following. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, the or an organization of your choice.

Published in Austin American-Statesman on July 7, 2013
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