Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois
May 24, 2018
by Deb Brandt

The Second Year

I’m three months into the second year. My younger sister died unexpectedly in early 2017. I’ve officially made it past all the “firsts.” The holidays without her, her birthday, my […]

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April 19, 2018
by Tom Van Ness

The Best Seats in the House

The best seat in the house was a reference to a collection of seats located in Aisle 36, row 5, seats 1 – 4 located through Gate D at Wrigley […]

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April 6, 2018
by Jon Van Ness & Jeff Spear

Wrigley Field Memories with Jon Van Ness

I moved to Quincy in August 1981, I arrived a lifelong Cub fan. Quincy was and is predominately Cardinal country, it didn’t take me long to locate Jeff and George […]

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March 26, 2018
by Jeff Spear

How the Spear family became season ticket holders at Wrigley Field

  George Spear was one of the most loyal Chicago Cub fans around. Most people in Quincy knew of his loyalty, and it didn’t take long for someone to see […]

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March 14, 2018
by Deb Brandt

This is Us

In February, after the Super Bowl game my favorite television show had a special episode. All the other episodes led up to this pivotal part of the story. For weeks […]

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March 8, 2018
by Jeff Spear

How big a mistake is not paying a $859 bill?

How big a mistake is not paying a $859.00 bill? It depends on what the bill was for. If it was to pay off a gambling debt, it might be […]

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February 26, 2018
by Deb Brandt


The idea of triggers; sights, sounds, smells, circumstances that bring back a strong memory, have been around for a long time.  However, it seems that recently this idea has become […]

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January 18, 2018
by Deb Brandt

A Clearing in the Woods

Recently I read a poem by Martha Postlewaite titled “Clearing.” In her poem Postlewaite invites the reader to “create a clearing in the dense forest of your life and wait […]

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December 27, 2017
by Jeff Spear

Long lost Hansen family relatives

I received a very interesting email the other day. It was from Dr. Frank Hansen from Bonstrop, in Northern Germany (near Flensburg).  He was working on his family history and […]

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December 9, 2017
by Rev. Steve Disseler

Frozen: Holiday Grief

Each Christmas season, like the first, has a complexity that represents the many dimensions that are part of life’s wholeness: good and bad, joy and sorrow, failure and triumph.  But […]

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I appreciate reading all you have written on your funeral home’s website as I walk through the valley of the shadow of death with my mother, and with my father who is […]

— M. R.

..make you feel like you were the only one they were taking care of.

— L.H.

This was a very difficult time for us…Will, Jeff, Theresa and George Spear were so kind, wonderful and supportive to the family.  We will always be grateful to them.

— J.C.