Obituary: Paul Sparrman

GOLDEN VALLEY, MN (April 24, 2018) – Retired Covenant minister Paul Sparrman died Wednesday, April 18. He was 84.

Paul was born February 23, 1934, in Jamestown, New York, to Ernest and Ruth Sparrman.

He earned his associate’s degree at North Park Junior College, and a bachelor of arts at Wheaton College. He graduated from North Park Theological Seminary and earned a master’s degree at Boston University.

Paul married Gunvor (Gunnie) Holmquist Sparrman on September 7, 1957, in Attleboro, Massachusetts. She survives.

They served Bethlehem Covenant Church in Norwalk, Connecticut; Covenant Congregational Church in Quincy, Massachusetts; Church of the Redeemer in Bowie, Maryland; First Covenant Church in Denver, Colorado; and Salem Covenant Church in Worcester, Massachusetts. He served interim pastorates at Zion Covenant Church in Jamestown, New York, and Trinity Covenant Church in Lexington, Massachusetts.

In addition to Gunnie, survivors include two sons, Eric (Bonnie) and Jon (Randi); a daughter, Lisa Tenglin (James); and eight grandchildren.

A memorial service will be conducted at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 13, at Excelsior (Minnesota) Covenant Church.

Memorials may be sent to Serve Globally, 8303 W. Higgins, Chicago, IL 60631.


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  1. I was honored to walk with Pastor Paul in the halls of Colonial Acres on several occasions on my frequent visits with my mom. Having also served at First Covenant, Denver, created a common point of interest. I was also privileged to observe Gunnie’s faithful love for Paul, a fragrant aroma of Christ.

  2. Dear Gunnie,
    May God comfort you and the family in these days of sadness. I remember Paul from Salem cc Worcester as he played an important part in my life.

    Jolene Healy

  3. Paul and Gunnie and Rlou and I, and our children, spent wonderful years together in the East Coast Conference, and we treasure the rich memories of those years together! Paul lived out his calling as a servant of Word and Sacrament in way that touched the lives of so many, including ours! Our love and sympathy go out to Gunnie and the family with the strong hope and promise of the the resurrection that is ours in Christ Jesus our Lord. My friend Paul, “Well done good and faithful servant!”

  4. In hopes of the Christian resurrection, my family and I extend sympathy to the family of Paul Sparrmann. Paul was a distant cousin of mine. Our paths crossed when I was serving at Scandia Covenant Church and Paul was serving as the interim at Zion Covenant in Jamestown. I very much appreciated his Christ-like spirit and investment in me when I was a young minister.

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