Michael J. Sunny Jr.
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Pruzin & Little Funeral Service - Crown Point
811 E. Franciscan Drive
Crown Point, IN

Michael J. Sunny, Jr.

CROWN POINT, IN - Michael J. Sunny Jr., age 79, of Crown Point, passed away peacefully at home from Parkinson-Dementia on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 with his wife at his side.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Darlene; niece, Michelle (Greg) Sunny-Blastic; two nephews, Kenneth W. Sunny and David A. Sunny; great-niece, Anna Blastic; sisters-in-law, Sue Sunny and Cathi Mezo. Preceded in death by two brothers, David Lee and Kenneth Sunny; parents, Michael and Anne Sunny Sr.

Michael graduated from East Chicago Washington High School in 1959. He then graduated from New Mexico Military Institute and then went on to earn his Bachelor and Master Degrees in Education at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Michael began his teaching career at the School Town of Highland, first teaching U.S. History and Geography and coaching basketball at the Junior High School. He then moved to the High School, teaching Economics. Michael loved teaching and interacting with his students, many coming back years later to tell him how his class was their favorite and how much they learned. He retired in 1998 after teaching for 33 years.

Michael also loved Hereford cattle, and after we purchased ten acres of land in Crown Point, he bought and raised Herefords on Sunny Hill Ranch. Baling hay and cleaning stalls were hard work, but he fully enjoyed raising and taking care of them, most recently Holly, Molly, and Polly.

A special appreciation of gratitude to Michael's caregivers who made it possible for all of Michael's needs to be met at home. "Thank you" so much Jordan, Beth, Debbie, Jean, Lorraine, Heidi and nurse Meaghan. You were wonderful.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Traditions Health Care, 1229 Arrowhead Court, Crown Point 46307, Humane Society of Hobart, P.O. Box 108, Hobart, IN 46342, or Erin's Farm, 5200 Liverpool Rd, Hobart, IN 46342.

Michael was a member of St. Matthias Catholic Church for over 50 years. Family and friends are invited to gather for visitation at PRUZIN & LITTLE FUNERAL SERVICE, 811 E. Franciscan Drive, Crown Point on Sunday, April 11, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m and from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m on Monday. A Mass of Christian Burial will start from PRUZIN & LITTLE CHAPEL with prayers at 9:30 a.m. and Mass at St. Matthias Catholic Church, 101 W. Burrell Drive, Crown Point at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. James Wozniak and Rev. Jerry Schweitzer officiating. At rest, Calumet Park Cemetery. Facemasks are required and please social distance while attending services.

Please visit www.pruzinfuneralservice.com to express online condolences and view online obituary.


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Published by The Times on Apr. 9, 2021.
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14 Entries
Sorry to hear of the passing of Coach Sunny.Coach me in seventh and eighth grade B team that went undefeated for years that we played rest in peace coach I learned a lot from you class of 1978.
Rick Norris
April 20, 2021
Darlene, I'm so sorry for your loss. Michael was a great man to many and he will be missed. I wish you peace and love. Patti
Patti Litavec Carpenter
April 19, 2021
Mr Sunny was my favorite teacher. Always encouraging me to not give up. I learned all my states & capitals participating in weekly class competitions and remember how he loved Dr. Pepper. My condolences to family and friends.
Janel Polster
Student
April 13, 2021
So sorry to hear about Mr. Sunny. The best teacher by far. He connected with his students. He made learning fun. When I think about my days at HHS, he is always the first teacher I think of. RIP Mr. Sunny
Jim Ohlstrom
Student
April 13, 2021
Mr Sunny was a great teacher, even offering to find me a date for Prom by announcing it in class! My mother went to school with him at EC Washington ( Madelynne Ancich ) . She passed three years ago. Sympathies from our family . Dana Gray Sejna Student class of 1985
Dana Gray Sejna
April 12, 2021
Michael and I graduated together in 1959..deepest sympathy to all family members..may he rest in peace.
Ronald paulsin
April 11, 2021
Conni Davis
April 11, 2021
Had Mr Sunny as my teacher 1977 class. Loved his classes always entertaining. 2 things he ways said was guaranteed in life Death and Taxes. RIP Mr Sunny!
Cindy Kasper
April 10, 2021
Mr. Sunny was one of those educators that made a difference because he connected with his students. He was an excellent teacher and heaven has gained an angel with a great sense of humor. Prayers to his family.

Many thanks, job well done.

David Smith - HHS 1985 -
David Smith
Student
April 9, 2021
I had the privilege of having Mr. Sunny as a teacher at Highland High School (class of 1970). He always brought a smile to everyone he met; he made high school a happy place! My sincerest sympathy goes out to his family. Mr. Sunny was an incredible person, and I know he will be sorely missed.
Gail Klacik McCluskey
April 9, 2021
So sorry to hear of his passing. I had him freshman year and I completely adored him. He made learning history enjoyable. Sleep with the angels, dear man. You'll never be forgotten.
Dianna Campbell Merritt
April 9, 2021
Mike, Margaret, Tina,Jeff&kids
April 9, 2021
May Mr. Sunny rest in peace. He was one of the best teachers I had Highland High School. His classes were so much fun! He will be missed from many. Prayers to all of his family.
Cindy Watson Mojonnier
April 9, 2021
I´m so sorry to hear about Mr. Sunny´s passing. I was never lucky enough to have him as a teacher - but he was always an icon at Highland High School. Sending prayers to his loving family at this time. Highland - Class of 1978.
Arlyn Minch Hurley
April 9, 2021
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