Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois

50 Years Later – It’s OK to Cry

Today we celebrate Brent H. Morton, a 13 year old boy, who was tragically killed in a farm accident while mowing a field not for from his home in Paloma, […]

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August 3, 2016
by Will Spear

Simply Grilled Cabbage & Coffee Marinade (for Beef)

It’s been a hot and humid summer, but that has not kept us away from the grill.  With an abundance of fresh produce coming in, a great deal of which […]

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July 27, 2016
by Jeff Spear

God Only Knows

‘God only knows.’ It’s been said for years as an exclamation of uncertainty.  It also is a 50 year old song written by Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. It […]

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July 19, 2016
by Linda Stuart

When I Die, Please Do Something

In her dresser drawer, they discovered a hand-written note that read, “When I die, please do nothing.” She had just taken her last breath. And so began the distressing dilemma […]

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July 14, 2016
by Jeff Spear

“More Cowbell” or “Don’t Fear the Reaper”

40 years ago, while I was in college, my fraternity normally held it’s weekend party on a Friday night so we could all gather in the lounge on Saturday to watch the ultra-popular new […]

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July 3, 2016
by Jeff Spear

Thoughts about my father, the veteran…

Thoughts about my father, the veteran, on this 4th of July I always knew that my father was a veteran. He never told ‘war stories’ or such when we were young, […]

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June 29, 2016
by Steve Johnson

Teen Pregnancy and Addiction: Why Suicide Becomes a Concern

An alarming number of pregnant teenagers continue to use drugs or alcohol. Sadly, substance abuse and a life-changing event (such as teen pregnancy) are also risk factors for suicide. According […]

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June 15, 2016
by Deb Buehler

She forgot who she was…

I’ll always remember a friend sharing her experience of losing someone to suicide. She spoke of her friend with love and compassion. She spoke of the excruciating mystery it is […]

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May 27, 2016
by Theresa Spear

Food Memories: Liver Roll Appetizer

    One of Charlotte’s dear friends, Liz Long, who passed away April 11, 1999 made this version of a pate’ roll whenever she attended an event at Charlotte and […]

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May 7, 2016
by Deb Buehler

Easing Loss on Mother’s Day

For weeks Mother’s Day messages have been everywhere. Advertisements for brunch and luncheon specials, Hallmark card scenarios, fine jewelry and all kinds of retail opportunities from clothing to flowers highlighting […]

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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.

I can’t say enough about the staff and the appearance of my mother.  I was really worried about that and didn’t want her to have a lot of makeup. S […]

— B. R.

Our family will always be grateful to your family for the many kind things you did during dad’s illness and passing.  You were more than professional – you were truly […]

— M.S.