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Thomas J. Sperl

February 25, 1932 — September 16, 2023

Oak Park Heights


Age 91, of Oak Park Heights, passed away peacefully on September 16, 2023.

Preceded in death by parents, George A. & Lillian T. Sperl; and brothers, Richard Sperl & James (Arline) Sperl.

Survived by loving wife of 72 years, Rose Mary; children, Colleen (Jeff) Cheever, Michael (Kathy) Sperl; grandchildren, Sara (Lucas) & Tom (Jackie) Cheever, Kaitlin (Brian) Royal, Nick (Tory) Sperl; great-grandchildren, Chelsea, Josh, Leo, Hannah; and many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, & friends.

Thomas grew up in Roseville, attending St. Agnes Catholic School where he met his loving wife of 72 years, Rose Mary Keran.

Thomas was a Korean War veteran and returned home to pursue his love of plants and flowers. He began his career at Twin City Florist Supply. He then purchased a flower shop/greenhouse in Zumbrota.  He worked tirelessly for seven years, before returning to the Twin Cities and partnership in Twin City Florist Supply.  He ran the wholesale supply division until his retirement. Wife Rose Mary, daughter Colleen, and son Michael all contributed to the success of the business.

Thomas was drawn to lake living, building his dream house on Kohlman Lake, and purchasing his lake home on Johnson Lake in Webster, WI. Boating, waterskiing, fishing, snowmobiling, and hosting parties with friends and family were some of the many activities enjoyed at these properties.

Thomas was a proud “new” car enthusiast, especially for his beloved Cadillacs.  As a loving Papa, he purchased cars for each of his 4 grandchildren to celebrate their 16th birthdays.  A generous man, a loving father and grandfather, and a lifelong friend are the qualities he displayed throughout his life.

Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 AM Thursday, September 28 at the Church of St. Peter, 2600 N. Margaret St., North St. Paul. Visitation at the church from 10:00 - 11:00 AM Thursday.

Private interment St. John’s Cemetery, Little Canada.

Memorials preferred to Lakeview Hospice, 5803 Neal Ave. N., Oak Park Heights, MN 55082.

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