Obituary: David H. Vennberg

JAMESTOWN, NY — Retired Covenant minister David H. Vennberg died Monday, June 28. He was 95.

David was born October 21, 1925, in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, to David and Anna Vennberg.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1945 during World War II. As a member of the 106th infantry, he fought in the Battle of the Bulge, was captured as a prisoner of war, and later received the Purple Heart.

David received his bachelor’s degree from Fitchburg State University, a master’s degree in education from Penn State University and a master’s of divinity from North Park Theological Seminary.

He married Grace Nordstrom on November 26, 1966.

He was a teacher and principal for the Lander Elementary School in Lander, Pennsylvania, for many years. After seminary, he served as pastor of Mission Covenant Church in Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania, until his retirement in 1988. He went on to serve as visitation pastor at Zion Covenant Church in Jamestown, New York.

He was a member of the American Legion, Veteran of Foreign Wars, and the Disabled American Veterans. A skilled woodworker, he volunteered at the Toy Shoppe in Warren, Pennsylvania.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Grace.

A memorial service and visitation will be held at a later date. Inurnment will be in the Mission Covenant Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to Zion Covenant Church, 520 Fairmount Ave., Jamestown, NY 14701, or to Sugar Grove Mission Covenant Church, 7205 Matthews Run Road, Sugar Grove, PA 16350.

Words of condolences may be left at Lind Funeral Home.



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  1. Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

    I regret that I did not have the blessing of knowing Reverend Vennberg, as he was an outstanding servant of God. He grew up in the Pilgrim Covenant Church which was then he Fitchburg, MA and which moved to Lunenburg, MA in 1964. Reverend Nygran served as its pastor for 18 years following a succession of short tenured clergy. I am the current pastor of Pilgrim Covenant Church and Reverend Nygran remains well-remembered. It is my hope to carry on the tradition of loving, servant leadership established by both of those men of God.

    In Christ,

    Dale Proulx

  2. David was a wonderful man of God. Kind, gentle, understanding, and always concerned for those around him, David was a good example of a pastor who modeled Christ. He will be missed. Peace to his memory.

  3. When I began my ministry in the Covenant Church in Warren, PA, Dave was one of the pastors who spoke at my reception to the church. He raised up the example of his childhood pastor, Rev. Ruben T. Nygren, as an example of what loving, servant ministry should look like. Afterwards, I was able to share with him that Ruben was the pastor of the Austin, Covenant Church in Chicago into which I was born and had been a dear friend of my grandfather. Dave was that loving servant pastor throughout his life. His ministry in Sugar Grove was an inspiration to me. I have always tried to mentor younger pastors like Dave mentored me.
    Rev. Randall A. Surey, Moline, IL

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